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Statement on Political Parties in the 2022 Pride Parade

It has been three years since our last in person Pride Parade. At that parade in 2019 three federal leaders marched together.  At the time Prime Minister Trudeau stated “It’s so important that we all stand together in moments like this.  We are standing up for human rights, standing up for communities who are marginalized.” 

 

Photo by Lung Liu

Around the country and world, the conversation about how to ensure that the politics of Pride are not subsumed by the partisanship of political parties has been front and centre.  There are two trends across pride parades – the first is to just say no to any political parties and the other is to welcome political parties to participate together, keeping the celebration of the 2SLGBTQAI+ community the focus.

The Board of the Vancouver Pride Society has carefully considered how to best serve our community and have decided to include all political parties in one large contingent.  Each political party can have up to 24 participants (no motorized vehicles*) and are encouraged to share their pride with signs, t-shirts and banners. As with any parade entry, all political parties that apply must meet the expectations within our parade working group matrix. 

 

** If participants within a political party have accessibility requirements, there may be exceptions