Pride 2012: Upcoming parades and festivals across B.C. and Canada

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There's no doubt about it—Pride season is upon us once again. North American city streets are awash in rainbows of fruity flavours, with everyone from straight to gay showing their true colours and celebrating queer equality and sexuality.

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Parades and festivals have been taking place all across the U.S. as well as in Canada, in cities like Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and Nanaimo.

But there are plenty more to come, particularly in British Columbia. Here's a quick rundown of upcoming Pride parades and festivals (apologies for any omissions) to partake in.

British Columbian Pride parades and festivals

East Side Pride: East Vancouverites and communities outside the West End get a parade of their own on June 30, 11 a.m., Commercial Drive

Victoria Pride: In the provincial capital from July 1 to 8, with a parade on July 8

Prince George Pride: July 4 to 8, with a parade on July 7

Surrey Pride Festival: July 8, noon to 6 p.m. Holland Park

Vancouver Dyke March and Festival: August 4, noon, Commercial Drive

Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival: parade on August 5 at noon in downtown Vancouver
Vancouver events to keep in mind leading up to the event include Gay Day at Playland (July 14, noon, Playland at PNE) and the free family-oriented Picnic in the Park (July 21, 11 a.m., Brockton Oval in Stanley Park) which will include games (for children and adults), a beer garden, and more.

(If you're looking for more fun in the sun in Vancouver, check out this roundup of queer sports and outdoor organizations.)

New West Pride Week: August 16 to 19 in New Westminster

Okanagan Pride: August 12 to 19 in Kelowna, B.C.

Salt Spring Pride 2012: Presented by the Gays and Lesbians of Salt Spring Island, from September 7 to 9 with a parade on September 8

Bisexual Pride Day: Presented by Qmunity, this event (to be held in September; specific date to be announced) will be a weather-permitting potluck picnic for bisexual and pansexual people

Canadian Pride parades

Among the numerous upcoming Pride parades across Canada, here's a list of just some of them to keep in mind:

Toronto: Their Pride Week is already underway, with the annual parade on Canada Day (July 1). Will Mayor Rob Ford show up?

Prince Edward Island: July 1 to 7, with a parade in Charlottetown on July 7

Halifax: July 20 to 29, with a parade on July 28

Montreal: August 13 to 19, with a parade on August 19 (presented by Viagra, no less)

Ottawa: August 17 to 26, with a parade on August 26

Calgary: September 2

Quebec City: September 2 to 4

There are plenty more, and far too many to list. If you're traveling to a Canadian city this summer, try Googling the name of the city or town along with "Pride" to find out if your chosen destination is celebrating Pride.

Happy Pride to all!

You can follow Craig Takeuchi on Twitter at twitter.com/cinecraig. You can also follow the Straight's LGBT coverage on Twitter at twitter.com/StraightLGBT.

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