Victoria Pride Parade, fan-favourite events returning this summer after COVID hiatus

Victoria Pride Parade, fan-favourite events returning this summer after COVID hiatus

Local Victoria residents can expect an event-filled summer as life around the Capital Regional District begins to return to pre-pandemic normality.

Several iconic events on the Victoria calendar have confirmed it will be returning in 2022, including the Victoria Pride Parade.

On Thursday, the City of Victoria announced that it was investing $321,200 as part of the Festival Investment Grant into 41 different festivals in 2022 including staples such as Victoria Pride Week.

In addition, the city will be investing up to $129,500 of in-kind contributions to usher in the return to festival season in Victoria following the cancellations caused by COVID-19.

“Grab your sun hat and festival chair, after the long pandemic hiatus it’s going to be a great summer for arts and culture events in Victoria,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “I am thrilled to see the exciting lineup of culturally-diverse, family-friendly events, from dance and theatre to music and community performances. There is something new to attend every week.” 

According to the City, Victoria Pride Week will be back in full swing with a week of events, including a full Pride Parade and Festival in MacDonald Park on June 26.  

In addition to Pride Week, residents can expect to see other local favourites including Symphony in the Summer, Fern Fest, the 159th Highland Games & Celtic Festival.

“The Festival Investment Grant program, now in its 24th year, has seen more than $3 million in grants go to nurture the development and sustainability of high-quality annual festivals and celebrations,” reads a statement from the City of Victoria. “The pursuit of arts, culture and tourism opportunities is a key goal of the City’s Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan.”

An online “City Vibe” guide will also be published in May and will feature a complete list of upcoming family-friendly events festivals around the city.  

A full schedule of all the events being held in Victoria during 2022 can be found online here.


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