Yesterday marked the start of the Pride London Festival. The volunteer non-profit organization works tirelessly to organize an annual opportunity that brings together the LGBT+ communities and allies, through events and activities, which promote unity, inclusion and awareness of sexual and gender diversity. The festival runs from July 19th through July 29th.
There are more than 35 events over the course of the festival. The Pride London Festival Board of Directors were extremely excited to land Saidat as Grand Marshal for this year’s Pride Parade. Saidat is a children’s entertainer and public speaker whose desire to make people smile and build confidence in the younger generation, has now reached over 500,000 students across Canada. She presents a very strong message: One person can make a difference, together we can change the world.
Check the Pride London Festival events page to find out all of the great activities going on.
Some of the Major Pride Events Going On Around London:
RBC RUN WITH PRIDE
Calling all area runners & walkers! Don’t miss the 2018 RBC Run with Pride!
This 1km, 5km & 10km fun run/walk is open to the whole family! All ages & abilities are welcome.
8:30am – Welcome
9:00am – 1km
9:15am – 5km
9:20am – 10km
Every participant will receive a finisher medal!
Proceeds benefit Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services & the Pride London Festival Endowment Fund.
2018 Pride Art Show & Sale
Pride London is having its 27th Annual Pride Art Show & Sale – one of the longest running in North America. The show started last night at TAP Centre for Creativity.
The exhibition features 98 pieces (all for sale) by local artists, the largest showing ever. The work presented is a survey of LGBT+ sensibilities and visions by artists varying from student to professional, emerging to established artists, across a variety of media.
The 2018 Jurors include Cassandra Getty (Curator of Art at Museum London), Holly Curtis (Head, Visual Arts at Saunders Secondary School), and Peter M. Flanner (Emerging Curator, Art Historian & Writer).
Pride Spotlight Party: United
The biggest Pride party of the summer is here, featuring 20-time Billboard #1 Remixer Hector Fonseca on Saturday, July 28th at London Music Hall.
London favourite party band Swagger will kick off the night with your favourite pop & rock hits & London DJ Cliché will keep the music going before Hector Fonseca takes the stage!
Tickets on sale now!
Pride In The Park
DATE: Saturday, July 28th, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
LOCATION: Victoria Park, Downtown London
COST: FREE (Donations Accepted)
Come down to Victoria Park & show your support for Pride London Festival! Enjoy a drink in the beer garden, grab some delicious food, support various local vendors & enjoy some great family friendly entertainment!
TD Kids Zone – Open from 11:00am – 6:00pm
ARF Ontario Pet Zone – Open from 11:00am – 6:00pm
FANSHAWE COLLEGE ENTERTAINMENT STAGE LINEUP
11:00am – Pride’s Got Talent Winner
12:00pm – MadEcho | Facebook.com/MadEchoMusic
1:00pm – Brett Kingswell | BrettKingswellMusic.com
2:00pm – Northland Rail Service | AYellowField.com
3:00pm – Chasing Monday | Facebook.com/ChasingMonday
4:00pm – Waterbaby | Facebook.com/WaterbabyBand
5:00pm – Esther’s Family | EsthersFamilyBand.com
6:00pm – Willow Switch | Facebook.com Search: “Willow Switch”
7:00pm – Jaimie Wilson | JaimieWilsonMusic.com
8:00pm – Coming Out in the Park All Ages Event (Featuring: Glee London, Saidat & Elysium Sounds Dance Party)
24TH ANNUAL LONDON PRIDE PARADE
Whether you are in the parade or celebrating along the route, make sure to show off your rainbow spirit at the 24th London Pride Parade!
Formation for this year’s parade will take place around the the Western Fair District Raceway.
All participants are asked to meet at the corner of King Street & Ontario Street, where you will be given additional information about where to assemble your float/group.
All personal vehicles will be asked to park at the Western Fair District Market at the corner of Dundas Street & Ontario Street.
The parade will begin promptly at 12:30pm, travelling north on Ontario Street to Queens Avenue; West on Queens Avenue to Wellington Street; North on Wellington Street to Wolfe Street; The parade will disperse at Victoria Park.
To register for the 2018 Parade, please visit: PrideLondon.ca/GetInvolved
All parade entries must send a representative to the mandatory parade meeting on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 5:00pm at Aeolian Hall.