Vancouver Pride to provide live descriptions of 2015 parade for blind people

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      The Vancouver Pride parade has become an annual spectacle that brings out massive hordes of Vancouverites to watch.

      This year, the parade's accessibility for blind people just got a boost.

      The Vancouver Pride Society has enlisted the help of descriptive arts service VocalEye to make the Vancouver Pride parade more accessible to blind and partially sighted people. Live descriptions, also known as audio descriptions, will be provided by trained describers.

      VocalEye is a local non-profit organization that provides descriptions of theatre, arts, and culture for people with vision loss. It's the first service of its kind in Canada.

      The organization also provides other services, such as touch tours, accessibility consultations, education, outreach, support materials, and more.

      The 2015 Pride parade will be held on August 2 in Vancouver's West End.