Victoria’s popular pride parade and festival will be in-person this year following two years of virtual celebrations and will feature a brand new parade route.
Victoria Pride Society says that Pride Festival 2022 will take place this year from June 23 to July 2, with the popular parade taking place on June 26. This year’s parade will have a new route that heads east over the Johnson Street Bridge then south onto Wharf Street before turning onto Government, Belleville and Menzies streets.
Parade and festival vendor applications are now open on the society’s website. However, VPS notes that the applications will undergo a new vetting process that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion to “ensure that members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities are the focus.”
Additionally, the Victoria Pride Society announced that they have named Britton Kohn as president and hired their first-ever executive director, Deirdre Rowland.
“I’m excited to collaborate with both an invigorated board of directors and our first-ever executive director to ensure 2SLGBTQIA+ communities are the focus of our parade and festival, especially after two years of living in isolation.” Britton Kohn said in a press release, adding. “Together, we will continue to do the work to produce Pride so that all folks feel included; we are already looking forward to more volunteers getting involved.”
To submit a parade or festival vendor application, click here.