Canada's capital city of Ottawa held its first Pride event in 1986. What began as a modest one-day gathering has evolved into a full week of LGBT Pride celebration, culminating in a festival and parade, and attracting thousands of participants and spectators.
Ottawa's Capital Pride 2017 runs from August 21 through August 27.
Events Leading up to Ottawa Pride Week
A number of meetings, parties, and events take place during the week preceding the main Capital Pride weekend. These include:
- August 21: Rainbow Flag Raising at Ottawa City Hall from noon to 2 p.m., with an official proclamation from the mayor followed by a barbecue.
- August 22: Mr./ Mrs./Mx Capital Pride Pageant, held at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent St. from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets $15.
- August 23: Family Picnic in the Park, held at Hintonburg Park, 1064 Wellington St W. Family-friendly event with games, face painting, and a barbecue
- August 25: Pride Social, Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St. Tickets $20, features music, appetizers, a cash bar and dancing in the rotunda and on the outdoor plaza
- August 26: Capital Pride Rainbow Party, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Barrymore's, 323 Bank St. Ticketed event
Ottawa Capital Pride Parade
On Sunday, August 27, the Capital Pride Parade is back on Bank Street, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It's followed by the Ottawa Pride Festival Community Fair at Bank and Somerset Streets, where visitors can watch performers throughout the day. The Fair also features dozens of booths from local vendors and organizations.
Ottawa LGBT Resources
Additionally, bars and nightclubs, as well as LGBT-friendly restaurants, hotels, and shops, have special events and parties throughout Pride Weekend.
Check the Daily Xtra, which has local and national LGBT news for more on the scene here. Also take a look at the excellent LGBT site produced by the city's official tourism organization, Ottawa Tourism.