City kicks off Pride week with proclamation and new plaza

July 25, 2016 | Pride and LGBTTQ Rights

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vancouver City Council officially launched Pride Week at the new Jim Deva Plaza in the heart of Davie Village today, sending Pride celebrations into full swing with the annual Pride Proclamation.

“Vancouver is a leader in our commitment to equality, acceptance, and inclusion, and we are a stronger and more vibrant City for it,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This year is especially important as we officially open Jim Deva Plaza to honour a community leader, dedicated activist, and friend to many. Pride is an opportunity for us to celebrate with our LGBTTQ+ community, everything we’ve achieved together, as we keep working toward equal legal and lived equality for all.”

The ceremony was hosted by Joan-E and the proclamation was accepted by Vancouver Pride Society President Alan Jernigan and Vice President Charmaine de Silva.

Launch of Jim Deva Plaza

This Thursday, July 28, the City will officially open Jim Deva Plaza, Vancouver’s first pavement-to-plaza project. You're invited to participate in a special community event celebrating the life and legacy of Jim Deva, founder of Little Sister’s bookstore and tireless advocate for free speech and gay rights. The plaza is a grassroots community driven initiative, supported through the West End Community Plan.

Festivities will begin at 4:30pm with family activities followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:00pm. The evening will include activities for all ages, cupcakes, and live entertainment hosted by Golden Goddess (Bill Monroe), featuring Carlotta Gurl and a choir performance by Top Line Vocal Collective.

38th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade

The 38th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade will take place Sunday, July 31, 2016, starting at noon. As in previous years, the parade will start at Robson and Bute and travel west on Robson to Denman, south on Denman to Beach, and east on Beach to Jervis. You're encouraged to use transit, bike, or walk to the parade.

There will be road closures along the parade route and traffic delays in the vicinity.

The following streets will be closed on July 31 (times are approximate):

  • 1000–1100 Robson St. between Burrard and Bute from 7:00am to 2:00pm
  • 700–900 Thurlow St. between Georgia and Nelson from 7:00am to 2:00pm
  • 1100-1600 Robson St. between Bute and Denman from 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • 800-1200 Denman St. between Robson and Beach from 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • 1300-1700 Beach Ave. between Denman and Jervis from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Robson and Denman streets will be re-opened once the parade has cleared and streets have been cleaned.

If you’re kicking around we would love to see you at one or all of these events!

For more information on Vancouver Pride festivities and parade, visit the Vancouver Pride Society website at External website.