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May 11, 2013

Prairie Pride Week 2013, Winnipeg


Winnipeg’s LGBT community is alive with colour and celebration during Pride Week. Events take place all week culminating in a rally at the Legislature, parade through downtown, and Festival at The Forks with concert headliners Ultra Nate and Kristina Maria (May 24 - June 2).  


Toonies for Pride - Watch for the “Toonies for Pride” donation buckets at many events. 
Dump some toonies – or whatever you might have – into the can. it’s that easy!

May 24
Pride Flag Raising Ceremony
12:15 pm
FREE

with this official rainbow flag-raising ceremony at 3 City Hall, 510 Main Street. 
This all-ages event features greetings from representatives of city council, the flag-raising, and free Pride cake courtesy of Chocolate zen Bakery. 
Join us during your lunch break and watch the rainbow colours fly high over City Hall!

The snowy owl monarchist society annual Pride Booty Call with BreYanna BurLesque
190 Garry Street l showtime is 10 pm
$5 cover with proceeds to the soms 2 club 200 
A fun drag show to kick off Pride, featuring the performers of the SOMS!

Fight for Equal Rights
6 Fame nightclub - 279 Garry Street
doors open at 9:30pm
$5
inflatable boxing ring set up with inflatable gloves.
• Barb Burkowski (last year’s prez versus this year’s prez) Jonathan Niemczak
• Lita (Empress 2013) versus Vida (Empress 2012)
• JD Francis (Energy 106) versus Jonathon Kindzierski (2012 Mr. Gay Winnipeg)

May 25
Pride Golf Tournament
Hosted by Rainbow Resource Centre
registration: 1:30 pm; shotgun start: 3 pm
$75 l $45 (dinner / dance / auction only)
20 southside golf course
Includes nine holes of golf (Texas Scramble), dinner, dancing, music, and auction! 
Golfers of all abilities are welcome in this fun event! 

May 25, 9:00 pm until 3:00 am
The 2nd Annual DIRTY DANCE -PRIDE PARTY
Royal Albert Arms Hotel, 48 Albert Street

Queer Pride Kick off Party and Fundraiser (for Community HIV/AIDS initiatives)!
Come out to this tribute party to the dirty, sweaty 80's and the Dirty Dancing movie!
The QueerView crew will be dropping a mix of dirty grindy 80's/ 90's as well as your current urban, homo electro favorites!
Bring your ID 18+
  • Just 5 bucks or PWYC!
  • Dirty Dance competition!
  • QueerView DJ's + Special Guest: Mama Cutsworth!!
  • Fully Accessible Space!

June 2
Pride Parade through Downtown
12:00 pm
The Pride 2013 Parade route starts in the traffic circle of the Legislative Building. 

Watch as floats and groups show off our city’s rainbow colors! 
Who will take home the titles that are up for grabs in our Parade Competition? 

Due to safety regulations we advise all guests at the Parade to remain on the sidewalks until the END of the Parade where they can join “The March.”

DO NOT throw anything to onlookers. 
If you wish to give away treats to the crowd, please hand them out individually.
DO NOT give out condoms during Rally and Parade. It has created previous litter issues.
Please help us keep the site clean by using trash receptacles.
Protestors have a right to be present on the parade route, just as we do. If, however, you feel harassed or threatened, speak to a marshal, police officer, or to the on-site security. DO NOT confront protestors on your own.
During the Parade, make noise, wave to onlookers, and have fun!

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WALK PROUD!



Funny Or Die produced this PSA narrated by George Takei explaining that if you meet someone who opposes gay marriage in the wild, it's important to treat him or her sensitively and with restraint. And maybe expose them to snazzy bow ties and Broadway shows.
Check out the clip above to see Takei, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Brad Goreski explain how to treat homophobes.

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