2017 Pride Festival
WHEN IS IT?
The 37th annual Edmonton Pride Festival will take place over a 10-day period, from Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 18, 2016.
WHERE IS IT?
The 2017 Edmonton Pride Festival will return to the Old Strathcona area! That includes the Parade on Whyte Avenue and the following celebration at End of Steel Park (along Gateway Boulevard).
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Absolutely nothing! Well, kinda. The Parade is FREE, the main stage area & vendors tent are both FREE, and several other events are also FREE; but the Beer Gardens will set you back $10, or you can skip the line-ups and grab a VIP Pass for just $50!
IS IT FAMILY-FRIENDLY?
Yes! It is important for us to make sure that families and youth feel welcome at the Edmonton Pride Festival, and so our Parade and Celebration are perfect for all ages. Of course, there are certain events that are only for the adults, such as the Beer Gardens! There may be some folks who dress somewhat on the "naughty" side, though nudity is not permitted at our festival. We also host a 100% FREE Family Picnic during the final weekend of every festival season.
2017 Pride Parade
WHEN IS IT?
The annual Edmonton Pride Parade will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017, starting at 11.00AM. It usually lasts about an hour.
WHERE IS IT?
The 2017 Edmonton Pride Parade will start at 108th Street & Whyte Avenue, and continue until 106th Street in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The Pride Parade is always 100% FREE!
WHO IS THE PARADE GRAND MARSHAL?
The 2016 Grand Marshal for the Edmonton Pride Festival was the Making Waves Swim Club. The 2017 Grand Marshal has not yet been chosen.
HOW DOES ONE SIGN UP AS A PARADE FLOAT/PARTICIPANT?
Please stay tuned for that information.
Volunteering for pride
HOW DO I BECOME A VOLUNTEER?
It's easy to sign up as a volunteer for the Edmonton Pride Festival. All you have to do is visit our VOLUNTEER page and then click on the button that reads "Volunteer." That will take you to the application form for volunteers!
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO VOLUNTEER?
You must be at least 18 years of age.
2016 community interruption
WHAT DAYS WILL THE FESTIVAL BE IMPACTING MY COMMUNITY?
If you live in the Strathcona Community,
- We will be starting our set up in End of Steel Park on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
- The most significant part of our set up will take place on Friday, June 3, 2016 in Strathcona Park.
- We plan to be out of your neighborhood by 5:00 pm on Monday, June 6, 2016.
If you live in the Queen Alexander Community,
- The impact to your neighborhood will mainly be on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The City of Edmonton will notify you of all parking restrictions by Friday, June 3rd. The majority of the restrictions will be between 109 St and 107 St from Whyte Ave to 76 Ave inclusive. PLEASE adhere to the parking restrictions so that we can properly execute our event. If you are parked in a no parking zone your vehicle will be towed.
- We will begin staging the parade at 7:00 am and we plan to be out of your neighborhood by 2:00 pm.
HOW WILL THE SET UP IMPACT KING EDWARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL?
We have been working closely with the principal at King Edward School over the last couple of years to try and do our best to minimize the impact of our Festival on the school and the community. Despite our best efforts in 2015 we realized that it was not practical to try and load in our large infrastructure while school was in progress. This year the Edmonton Pride Festival will be paying for students of King Edward to go on a field trip so that they are not negatively impacted by our set up on June 3, 2016.
HOW THE SET UP IMPACT SOCCER?
We are working closely with the City who is in turn providing information to the local soccer league. We do not anticipate any interruptions in the soccer schedule for Strathcona Park and the ice rink at the Strathcona Community League as the majority of our set up will take place on Friday, June 3, 2016.
MY CAR WAS TOWED! WHAT DO I DO?
Unfortunately, it is necessary for us to remove all vehicles from the parade route as well as the staging area so that we can safely execute the parade. If your vehicle was towed on Saturday, June 4th from a no-parking zone please contact the Edmonton City Police 780-423-4567 and they will provide you with the details of your vehicles location.
TOMMY BANKS WAY IS MY PRIMARY ROUTE IN & OUT OF MY NEIGHBOURHOOD; WHEN WILL YOU BE CLOSING IT?
We have spent the last several months working with the Strathcona Community League Festival Liaisons to try and minimize the impact our Festival has on your community. One of the major concerns was the closure of Tommy Banks Way. We have compromised by not closing Tommy Banks Way until Thursday, June 2nd however, please be aware that there may be a few delays on Tommy Banks Way on Wednesday, June 1 as set up in End of Steel Park take places. We also request that you use caution when using this road on Wednesday June 1st and respect that there will be people working in End of Steel park that day.
Tommy Banks Way will be closed completely on Thursday, June 2, 2016 and will re-open it as soon as it is safely possible (Monday, June 6 at the latest).
PLEASE NOTE: vehicles parked on Tommy Banks Way as of Thursday, June 2, 2016 will be towed at the owners expense.
WHAT ROADS WILL BE CLOSED IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD?
The primary road closures will be in the Tipton Arena area (see map) Saturday, June 4th 5:30 am - 2:00 pm
The Parade Route (see map) will also be closed from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (or immediately following the parade).
For more detailed road closures you can visit, http://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/traffic-reports.aspx.
WHAT ARE DOING ABOUT THE GARBAGE IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?
We recognize that like any major event, our Festival will inherently produce more garbage than normal in your neighborhood. As such, we have contracted the services of the Neighbor Centre to help us manage the extra garbage in the parade staging area, along the parade route and in the Strathcona Park area. We have also made arrangements with the City of Edmonton to have street sweepers clean Whyte Avenue overnight which should take care of any extra garbage that may have been left behind from the parade on June 4.
I RELY ON ETS FOR GETTING AROUND - WILL THERE BE INTERRUPTIONS IN THE SERVICE ON JUNE 4?
YES, there will be a few ETS detours on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Please visit http://etstripplanner.edmonton.ca/DetoursAndClosures.aspx for complete details.
WHERE WILL PEOPLE PARK?
Parking is certainly one of the major challenges all large scale events face. We are working hard to educate our attendees on where to park (ie. in the lots around the Old Strathcona Area) and we are encouraging people to take transit, street car or ride their bike as alternatives to driving and asked all attendees and vendors to refrain from parking in the residential neighborhoods. This year we have also set up a shuttle service to and from the Radisson Hotel for our volunteers. We will place No Parking/ Resident Parking Only signs along 87 Ave and we will close and limit access to 86 Ave (West of 101 St).
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED
We would LOVE to meet our neighbors! Please join us at our Family Picnic at Strathcona Park on June 5th from Noon - 3pm. OR if you want to get your hands dirty and really get in on the action we are always looking for great volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering you can click on the "Volunteer Tab".
STILL DIDN'T ANSWER YOUR QUESTION
If you still have questions please email email@example.com or contact Angela Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-267-7433. PLEASE NOTE: Between Friday, June 3 & Sunday, June 5 it will be very difficult to reach Angela however, all emails or calls during that time will be returned after June 6.
joining the board
HOW DO I JOIN THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
We'd love to have you! Click the BOARD OF DIRECTORS button on the homepage (under the HELP tab), and then fill out the form. The current Board will make sure that you're a good fit to join our team and then contact you. You must purchase an annual membership ($10) if you have been selected (unless you're already a current member).
WHO IS ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
Check out all of current Board members (as well as their positions and email addresses) on the ABOUT page!
ARE BOARD MEMBERS VOLUNTEERS?
Yes, yes they are! No one on the Board is paid to be on the Board, because the Edmonton Pride Festival Society is a not-for-profit organization.
history of edmonton pride
WHEN DID EDMONTON PRIDE BEGIN?
It was in 1980 when a handful of locals got together to celebrate LGBTQ Pride in Edmonton. The celebrations included a Parade (in which some of the marchers wore paper bags over the heads in order to hide their identity, afraid that they would lose friends or their jobs), picnic and baseball game.
HOW DO I BECOME A SPONSOR OF EDMONTON PRIDE?
Please visit the SPONSORS page, click on the button that reads "Become a sponsor of the Edmonton Pride Festival," and finally fill out and submit the linked form. Thank you for your support.