New Westminster Pride celebration returns for third year
New Westminster’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community is getting ready to raise the rainbow flag.
The third-annual New West Pride celebration takes place in the city Thursday (August 16) to Sunday (August 19).
Organized by the Royal City Pride Society, this year’s edition includes events for people of all ages.
“We’re trying to really create an opportunity for different people in the community to come out and celebrate with us,” society president Shelly Reinhart told the Straight.
“We’re hoping to appeal to as many people as we can…because we want to create community with everybody,” she said.
The festivities kick off August 16 with a performance by the Laff Riot Girls at the Columbia Theatre at 8 p.m. Then on August 17 the Stonewall Dance takes place at Heritage Bar and Grill at 7 p.m.
The busiest day is August 18, starting with the Hills n’ Heels Fundraiser, a walk benefitting the Lookout Emergency Aid Society, at 12:15 p.m.
The route starts at Sixth Street and Columbia Street and finishes in front of City Hall, where the mayor is to read a Pride Day proclamation at 12:45 p.m.
Then, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Pride Festival takes place at Tipperary Park, featuring musical performances from Kate Reid, Sugar Beach, and others.
The day concludes with the Pride Dance at Heritage Bar and Grill at 7 p.m.
New Westminster’s Pride celebration wraps up August 19 with a community brunch at the Boathouse Restaurant at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, visit www.royalcitypridesociety.com.