East Side Pride gets Vancouver Pride season going

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      The Vancouver Pride summer calendar kicks into gear this weekend, and to get the party started, first up is East Side Pride.

      This Saturday (June 28), East Vancouver celebrates its queer communities at Grandview Park (Charles Street and Commercial Drive) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      It's also a tribute to the historical Stonewall riots, which took place on the same day in 1969.

      There'll be lots of stalls presented by artisans, community groups, and non-profit organizations; various activities to participate in; and music by local performers.

      The official afterparties, Freddie Mercury Man-Glam Dance Party and Rough Trade, will be held at the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main Street) from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. There'll be a Freddie Mercury drag show with prizes, as well as a moustache photo booth. After all, where would we be without a little man-glam?

      For more on what's going on for the rest of the summer in the lead up to the Vancouver Pride parade (August 3), visit the Vancouver Pride website.