Windsor Pride Guide 2019

Saturday August 3rd, 2019

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Windsor Pride began in 1992 with a small march of about 100 people and since then has grown to be one of the City’s most anticipated summer festivals promoting diversity and equality.  Not only is this three day festival a important way to bolster the sense of community but it also is a vibrant way to celebrate the unique and dynamic festival.

With an extensive array of fun-filled events for all to participate in and enjoy, the Pride Festival brings together members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Two-Spirit (LGBTIQ2S+) community, as well as their family, friends and allies.

Lanspeary Park on Ottawa Street will likely welcome over 6,000 people in this celebration of diversity, however as you can see by the Freeds of Windsor window display, merchants along the street have all gotten into the spirit by creating window displays for Pride.

You will see through the below listing of Pride highlights, that this is definitely not a celebration to be missed and that there is sure to be a performance, a parade or a party for everyone.

ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS

FRIDAY AUGUST 9TH – UNPLUGGED

5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Lanspeary Park, Ottawa Street

Hosted by Greg Gnyp, sit back and listen to the amazing musical talent of  The Listers, Tara Watts, and New Fame.  Finishing off the evening will be the locally renowned Bigg Wiggle who are sure to rock the house and get everyone up on their feet to dance.

SATURDAY AUGUST 10TH

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Lanspeary Park, Ottawa Street

Local musician Tony Coates hosts the Saturday line-up of performers with the talents of Christian Vegh, David Faulkner, Mae James, Strange Cats and Tartan Army, Southern Ontario’s favourite Celtic band.After the music wraps up, the party continues with Queens of Pride hosted by local radio personality Dan MacDonald.  If you are a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, you will not want to miss the performances including Darienne Lake & Morgan McMichaels!

GLITTERBALL

10:30 PM – 2:00 AM
Rockstar Music Hall, 2418 Central Ave

Hosted by Juice Boxx and local comedian Mel Lucier, the party continues with local performers such as Elixia, Matt Eldracher, and ViVi the Vamp.  Don’t miss DJ Mankind and DJ Josh Karmin and get ready to dance and party into the night.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11

12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lanspeary Park, Ottawa Street

PARADE • 11:00AM

Show your PRIDE at Windsor-Essex’s most colourful event where all are welcome! The annual Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Parade will be held during the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest on Ottawa Street.  This family-friendly event is not one to be missed so grab a spot on one of Ottawa Street’s quaint patios or find a seat along the road to watch the excitement stroll by, or even jump on in and be a part of it!  The parade route will begin at Ottawa Street and Argyle Road. From Argyle it will proceed west down to Ottawa Street to Langlois Avenue where it culminates at the final destination of Lanspeary Park where Pride Day activities continue, featuring great food, local vendors and fabulous entertainment.

The Pride Festival focuses on bringing together people from all different groups as a way to celebrate the accomplishments that have made in the Windsor-Essex region and Canada as a whole and to celebrate the unique spirit and culture of our community.

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