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Richmond planning Pride Week celebration

By Laura Priestley

Published 3:53 PDT, Mon July 22, 2019

Richmond’s annual Pride Week is just around the corner.

Richmond’s annual Pride Week is just around the corner.

Recognizing everyone in our city, not just the straight and typically-gendered, the City of Richmond in partnership with Richmond Community Associations Societies welcomes all members of our community to celebrate Pride Week July 29 to Aug. 4.  Hosting a range of local, inclusive and engaging free or low-cost activities, all Richmondites including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Allies and Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2S) people are encouraged to participate. 

Additionally, Pride Week will be celebrated by the permanent installation of a rainbow crosswalk on Minoru Boulevard, and in the painting of the three-point line in rainbow colours at Cambie Community Centre’s outdoor basketball court. 

Pride Week highlights include:

Queer Networking Social

Thursday, July 25, 6 to 8 p.m.

City Centre Community Centre

Free, 18+ years

Build connections and enjoy a special guest presentation at this gathering for LGBTQ2S-identified adults.


Painting of the Rainbow Staircase

Saturday, July 27, 1 to 3 p.m.

Richmond Cultural Centre

Free, all ages

Join the Richmond Youth Media Program (RYMP) as the youth take up their brushes and paint the steps of the Cultural Centre.


Rainbow Storytime

Sunday, July 28, 2:30 to 3 p.m.

Richmond Public Library, Brighouse Branch

Free, all ages

Sing songs and share stories of diversity, acceptance, love, friendship, and all the colours of the rainbow.


Pride Week Hangout

Tuesday, July 30, 5 to 7 p.m.

Cambie Community Centre

Free, all ages

Celebrate Pride at Cambie’s outdoor Pride Week Hangout. Join us for free activities.


Pride Week Coffee Group

Wednesday, July 31, 10 a.m. to noon

Hamilton Community Centre

Free, all ages

Enjoy refreshments and treats for this informal social in our community living room.


Summer Fun in the Park

Thursday, August 1, 6 to 8 p.m.

Thompson Community Centre

Free, all ages

Celebrate Pride through art, dance and music featuring a dance fitness class, a concert featuring the gender inclusive After Work Social cover band, and an art project with Paige Gratland, Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence. 


Pride Picnic and Social

Saturday, August 3, noon to 4 p.m. 

Branscombe House

Free, all ages

Pack a lunch and Join Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence, Paige Gratland for an afternoon picnic on Pride weekend. This family-friendly event will include the unveiling of the community-woven table setting created for the picnic table behind Branscombe House, along with interactive art activities, a bike decorating station, guest speakers and dance party with a live DJ.

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