On Thursday, Calgary’s annual Pride Week kicks off seven days of celebrations, parties and family fun with film screenings, dances, street festivals and the popular Pride Parade along Stephen Avenue.
Thursday Pride Week starts with a stellar screening of the film Leave it on the Floor presented by the Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival at the Quickdraw Animation Society (351 – 11th Avenue SW). The film tells the story of a young gay man who moves away from his dysfunctional mother and finds a new family amongst a group of vogue dancers in Los Angeles. Admission is pay what you can. This is an all ages event.
The official Pride Week launch party takes place at Hotel Arts on Friday evening at 9 pm. The event features special guests Tyrell Witherspoon of the Hellcatstelevision series, Calgary’s own DJ Goldstar and more. Tickets available at Priape Calgary (1322 – 17th Avenue SW). This is an 18-plus event.
On Saturday at noon, the annual Calgary Dyke March begins at William Aberhart Park (24th Avenue SW and Second Street SW), proceeding north towards 17th Avenue.
In the evening, the first annual Possibilities Bi-BQ takes place in James Short Park (115 – Fourth Avenue SW), 5 pm – 8 pm. The barbecue includes complementary food and non-alcoholic beverages and is open to all genders and orientations.
At 9 pm, Flames Central hosts the official Pride Dance with special guests Chad Michaels of RuPaul’s Drag Race, superstar drag queen Mantra and more. Tickets $41, available at Priape. This is an 18-plus event.
Sunday’s pride festivities begin with the annual Pride Parade at noon. This year’s parade features special guests Alberta Premier Alison Redford as well as official parade marshal Juno Award winner singer-songwriter Carole Pope. The parade begins at Olympic Plaza and travels north towards Shaw Millennium Park for the Pride Calgary Street Festival featuring live music and DJ performances, food trucks and more.
After the festival, head to the Bank Nightclub for the Fuse Official Wrap-Up party, 6 pm. The event features special performances by DJ Erica Dee of Los Angeles, Lisa Delux and Adam Dreaddy. Tickets $30 at the door. – Sarah Sussman