Vancouver City Hall declares Pride Week 2019 and raises rainbow and trans flags

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      It’s officially rainbow time in Vancouver.

      Both the Pride rainbow flag and the trans flag were raised at a ceremony at Vancouver City Hall today (July 29).

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      Mayor Kennedy Stewart read the official proclamation of the city’s 41st Pride Week at an event held in partnership with the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS). The event marked Stewart’s first Pride Week proclamation since he was elected mayor.

      Among those in attendance today was the Vancouver School Board (School District No. 39).

      Others who also raised a Pride flag today included the Vancouver Police Department and E-Comm 9-1-1.

      A list of official Pride Week events and other activities can be found on the VPS website.

      On May 22, the VPS announced that the federal government would provide over $1 million in funding over the next two years as part of boosting tourism in Canada.

      Davie Street Promenade
      West End Business Improvement Association

      This year, the VPS and the West End Business Improvement Association will create the Davie Village Promenade from August 2 to 4, which will run along Davie Street from Thurlow Street to just west of Bute Street.

      The pedestrian-only promenade will include a pop-up Pride patio, large-scale interactive art pieces, busker-style performances, temporary patio extensions, and more.

      Meanwhile, Richmond kicked off its own Pride Week today, one week after installing its first rainbow crosswalk.

      The Vancouver Pride parade will be held on Sunday (August 4) in the West End.

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