LGBT in B.C.: Chilliwack to hold first Pride BBQ, UFV Abbotsford to hold Pride fair

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      While Vancouver held its Pride parade on August 4, but there are plenty of other Pride festivities still to come in B.C.

      A good example is in the Fraser Valley.

      The 7th annual Fraser Valley Pride Festival and Walk may have been held in Abbotsford on July 20, but that doesn’t mean that the party’s over just yet.


      Fraser Valley Pride Celebration

      Although Chilliwack doesn't yet have its own Pride parade, the groundwork is being laid for one to develop.

      The Chilliwack Gender Care Committee, which supports all people in all stages of gender transitions, is presenting Chilliwack’s first annual Pride BBQ from noon to 3 p.m. on August 24.

      This free and family-oriented event will be held at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre at 46363 Yale Road in Chilliwack.

      Chilliwack Gender Care Committee's Teri Westerby told the Georgia Straight that food will include hamburgers (vegan patties available), hotdogs, Greek salad and lasagna from Rendezvous Restaurant, Starbucks iced coffees and tea by donation, and more. 

      Games will range from bean-bag tossing and tin-can bowling to giant Jenga and sack races, and there will also be a raffle.

      But that’s not all.

      Next month, the University of Fraser Valley (UFV) will hold its Pride on the Green Fair from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. on September 7.

      Presented by the UFV Pride Culture Conference and the UFV Student Union Society, this event is also free and family-oriented and will be held at the UFV Abbotsford Campus Green at 33844 King Road.

      There’ll be everything from vendors, artisans, and food trucks to service providers and non-profit organizations.

      More information, including registering to host a booth, is available at the UFV website.

      The first Fraser Valley Pride march was held back in 2013 while the Pride flag was raised at Abbotsford City Hall for the first time 2015.

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