April 17, 2020
We have two guiding principles behind accessibility and inclusion at Vancouver Pride.
Each and every one of us has access needs – but only some of our access needs are met by society and the physical spaces we are in.
Disabled people belong at Pride, belong in LGBTQAI2S+ communities and spaces, and are an integral part of these spaces.
We acknowledge that we have not always met these standards. We are committed to building accessibility into all stages of our event planning, consulting with people with lived experience and organizations, and putting financial and other resources behind accessibility to ensure more people are not just able to attend our events, perform on our stages, work in our office, serve on our board and volunteer with our organization – but are welcomed, celebrated and belong.
For more information on accessibility at specific events please see our Festival Accessibility page.
Over the last few years we have been working to increase access at Vancouver Pride. This includes:
- Partnering with Translink to provide free shuttles to the Pride Parade Viewing Area
- Moving and increasing the seating capacity of the Pride Parade Viewing Area. The new area provides a better view of the Pride Parade, and is adjacent to the Sunset Beach Festival so folks can enjoy the festival after the Pride Parade. The new area has space to grow in size, has more parking and is closer to transit.
- Introducing Sensory Friendly Areas at our larger events for folks to take a break from crowds, use noise cancelling headphones, stim toys and fidgets. We are working at having Sensory Friendly Areas at all of our events.
- Making our film screenings and indoor shows Relaxed Screenings.
If you have any questions about accessibility, please email Accessibility@VancouverPride.ca
East Side Pride
Date: June 25th, 2022
Time: 11:00am-6:00pm PST
Location: Grandview Park @ 1657 Charles Street, Vancouver, BC. We recognize this event will be on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Stz’uminus, šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam), and Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group peoples and are thankful to our hosts in their stewardship of the land for time immemorial.
Ticketing / Age Restriction: Free, all ages.
Public Transport: Yes there is public Transport. Translink bus stops will not be obstructed by the event. Directions are provided below.
Southbound to Grandview Park
020 Downtown Bus – Get off at NB Commercial Dr @ Charles St – Walk 1 min
Northbound to Grandview Park
020 Victoria Bus – Get off at SB Commercial Dr @ William St – Walk 1 min
Street Closures: No street closures.
Parking: Parking will be restricted along Commercial Drive and Charles Street.
ASL Interpretation: Will be available near the stage.
Water Access: There are two water fountains on-site. One is next to the washrooms and the other is beside the playground.
Food/Menu Options: Please consider those who may have severe food allergies when bringing snacks or beverages.
Payment options: Cash is recommended due to some vendors who are unable to accept Debit or Credit. Directions will be provided for those in need of an ATM at the event.
Terrain & Venue Information: Terrain at Grandview Park is not levelled ground. Be aware of this when attending event. Please do not block access routes especially near the Accessibility tent.
Shelter: 10×10 Tents will be provided in certain areas. There are trees around the concrete/gravel area which can also provide shade.
Tables & Seating: In the concrete area nearest to Commercial Drive there are picnic tables and chairs provided by the park that are immovable. Multiple public benches are situated around the site with not too much room for a mobility device to fit next to it. There will be limited loose chair seating provided from Vancouver Pride Society found at the Accessibility tent.
First Aid: Ski Patrol will be responsible for First Aid for this event. All of the Vancouver Pride Society staff will have Naloxone training prior to the event. Only a few staff members are trained in First Aid.
Face covering policy: Masks are strongly suggested for this event. Masks will be provided at our Vancouver Pride Society tent for those who require one. Please respect other people’s space and boundaries at the event.
Harm Reduction: The staff of Vancouver Pride Society will work alongside the onsite First Aid team, Security and the volunteers to track and analyze any incidents at the event that may put any attendee, staff or performer at risk. Good Night Out Harm Reduction Volunteers will also be available on site.
Scent Reduction Policy: Please avoid wearing scents/perfumes for this event to respect those who are sensitive to scents or smells.
Service animals: Pets are permitted at the event site as long as they are leashed. Service animals are permitted at the event as well.
Sensory Sensitivities: Amplified sound will be used at this event for music and announcements. Earplugs will be provided at the Vancouver Pride Society tent. If you have any questions regarding sensory sensitivities during the event please go to the Accessibility tent to speak to a VPS representative.
Low Sensory Zone: A Low Sensory Zone will be provided for those who might want to cool off and relax from the festivities. More information will be provided closer to the event.
Thrive with Pride
Date: June 25th, 2022
Time: Doors 7:00pm, show 7:30pm-11:00pm
Location: The Fox Cabaret @ 2321 Main Street, Vancouver BC
Ticketing / Age restriction: 19+ event, attendees must bring two pieces of government-issued ID. One must be a photo ID. Tickets are $10 in advance online, $15 at the door. Pay it forward option available.
Face covering policy: Masks are mandatory at this event and can be provided on-site if needed. Please be respectful of everyone’s space and boundaries at the event.
Public transport: Close to bus routes #3, #8, #19 from Downtown, the #19 from Burnaby #7, or the #99.
Parking: Parking is available around the location. Accessibility parking will be available at the back of the site. Parking from 7pm–12am at 33 E 8th Ave (a 5 min walk from the Fox Cabaret) will cost approx $4.00 or EasyPark Lot 61 at 1 Kingsway Mount Pleasant (a 2 min walk from the Fox Cabaret) will cost approx $15.25. More parking options here.
Food and Beverage: No food will be served at the event. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the bars. Plastic straws will be provided at the bar upon request.
Water: Free water is provided at the bar
ASL Interpretation: ASL Interpretation will be provided close to the stage for this event. It will be located on the right side of the stage in front of the provided courtesy seating
Payment options: The bar accepts debit/credit and cash. Coat check is cash only, any large bags or coats will be required to check
Terrain and venue information: The main floor of the Fox Cabaret is wheelchair accessible including ramps into the main theatre room as well as a main floor accessible washroom on the ground floor in the hallway leading to the theater room (key for the accessible washroom will be provided upon request). Washrooms are gender-neutral. There are stairs to access the balcony but this section will not be open to the general public at this event
Tables and seating: A variety of seating will be available across the venue, with both lower (30×30 in) and higher (42×30 in) tables and chairs. Tables are circular high-top and low-top bistro style, seating options are chairs and booths. Low tables will be priority for folks with access needs. Plenty of courtesy seating will be provided close to the stage.
First Aid: There will be staff members trained in First Aid. All of the Vancouver Pride Society staff will have Naloxone training prior to the event.
Harm Reduction: The staff of Vancouver Pride Society will work alongside the onsite security and the volunteers to track and analyze any incidents at the event that may put any attendee, staff or performer at risk. Good Night Out Harm Reduction Volunteers will also be available on site.
Scent Reduction Policy: We ask performers and guests to refrain from wearing scented products; however, we cannot guarantee a completely scent-free space.
Sensory Sensitivities: Amplified sound will be used at this event for music and announcements. Earplugs will be provided upon request.
Information about other events coming soon…
If you have any questions about accessibility or have a request please email Accessibility@VancouverPride.ca.
This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. Page last updated June 6th, 2022.
To ask a question or get in touch about accessibility contact us at Accessibility@VancouverPride.ca
Last updated on April 1, 2022.