Winnipeg Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating the Winnipeg Pride Festival

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••• The Winnipeg Gay Pride Parade traditionally begins from the steps of the regal Manitoba Legislature Building. photo by Andrew Collins

The largest city in Manitoba and seventh-largest in Canada, Winnipeg lies at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. The provincial capital, with a population of nearly 670,000, holds the very popular Winnipeg Gay Pride Festival each year in early June - the date this year is June 4 and 5, 2016, but the local LGBT community organizes a number of parties, gatherings, cultural events, and other "Pride of the Prairies"-related activities during the 10 days leading up to the festival, which has been growing in attendance every year since 1987 (more than 35,000 people show up each year).

For information on events leading up to Pride, check the official Winnipeg Pride Festival Pride Guide, and note that the official Pride kick-off event is a Pride Flag Raising at City Hall, held on the Friday, June 3.

The Winnipeg Gay Pride Parade takes place on Sunday, June 5, departing from the Manitoba Legislature complex, heading up Memorial Boulevard, then turning right and following York Avenue east, then Garry Street south, and finally Broadway west back at the Legislative Building.

The two-day Winnipeg Pride Festival at the Forks runs on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5. There will be bands performing on the live stage, local vendors, food concessions, a beer tent, a family-oriented KidZone, and more.

Winnipeg Gay Resources

Additionally, local gay bars as well as gay-friendly restaurants, hotels, and shops will be packed with revelers during Pride weekend. Check local gay papers and resources, such as Outwords Magazine and the website GayWinnipeg.ca, for details.

Also take a look at the visitor site produced by the city's official tourism organization, Tourism Winnipeg, for general travel advice. Tourism Winnipeg has also produced a very cool video podcast on Gay Pride in Winnipeg.