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Windsor Pride Fest 2019 | Windsor Essex Pride Festival
August 7 @ 1:00 pm - August 11 @ 8:00 pm
The 26th Annual Windsor-Essex Pride Fest taking place at Lanspeary Park and various locations on August 7-11, 2019, features an amazing lineup of entertainment and fun for the whole weekend.
The Windsor-Essex Pride Fest aims to promote equality and diversity through all of its campaigns including its annual Windsor Pride Festival. The weekend Pride festival uses theatre, music, art and entertainment to raise awareness of discrimination and the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of LGBTIQ people around the world.
Pride Flag Raising Ceremon
Wednesday, August 7 at 1:00pm, City Hall Square
The annual Pride Flag Raising Ceremony is a tradition that kicks off Windsor-Essex Pride Fest. This symbolic ceremony brings to light why this festival of diversity is so important.
The ceremony begins at Charles Clark Square to celebrate the official opening of the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest weekend, featuring guest speakers, Canadian National Anthem will be performed by Windsor’s own Adam Berga, along with Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Board of Directors, local dignitaries, community leaders, allies, supporters and our LGBTQ2S+ community as we come together to show their support for this important community, cultural and tourist attraction in Windsor and Essex County.
Pride Bowling Night
Thursday, August 8 at 6:00pm, Rose Bowl Lanes
Doors will open promptly at 6:15pm, with games starting strictly at 7:00pm. Meet your friends for two FREE games of bowling and enjoy prizes, raffles and more! Cash bar and food will be available for purchase. Tony Coates will be performing in the lounge area. Donations to the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest will be extremely appreciated!
Loud and Proud
Friday, August 9, Rockstar Music Hall (2418 Central Ave.) at 10pm
MC’d by Windsor’s own Mel Lucier, come out and enjoy a night of music and entertainment featuring DJ Kevin Bailey, Geena Hayze, Hawaii Goodvibes, Sylvia Styles and Mandela Bougie. Tickets sales to be donated to local charities including Street Help, Windsor Essex County Humane Society, and W.E. Trans Support.
Windsor-Essex Pride Festival
Friday, August 9 to 11, Lanspeary Park
The fun at Lanspeary Park features Unplugged on Friday night, Queens of Pride Drag Show on Saturday night, the Pride Fest Parade on Sunday. In addition, enjoy lots more fun including the Pride Marketplace!
Friday, August 9 at 5pm to midnight, Lanspeary Park
Hosted by 93.9FM’s own Greg Gynp, exciting live entertainment that will be performing on stage include Windsor’s own Bigg Wiggle, Tara Watts and The Litsters and also featuring all the way from New York, we present New Fame. $5 admission. The event will also feature a cash bar, food and merchant vendors and much more. Over 35+ vendors will have everything from apparel to gifts, art to food and beverage.
Queens of Pride
Saturday, August 10 at 8pm to midnight, Lanspeary Park
Windsor-Essex Pride Fest with support from Lavender Promotions presents a huge exciting drag show hosted by 93.9FM The River’s Dan MacDonald. The fantastic ensemble features Ru Paul’s Drag Race headliners Morgan McMichaels from Season 2 and All Stars Season 3 and Darienne Lake of Season 6. Also featuring DJ Kevin Bailey dishing out the mixes and special performances from a ton of queens including Jezabel Bardot (Toronto), Imarra Arrami (Toronto), Boa (Toronto), Roxy Rhymes (London), Hawaii Goodvibes (Windsor) and much more.
Saturday, August 10, Rockstar Music Hall (2418 Central Ave.) at 10:30pm
Enjoy two floors of music and entertainment. Join the pride community for what promises to be a liberating night to celebrate all things queer in Windsor-Essex. Come and feast your eyes on a world of glitter and sparkly surprises hosted by your MC’s Juice Boxx and Mel Lucier. Expect a diverse mix of music from DJ Josh Karmin and DJ Mankind as well as special performances from Dotty Dangerfield, Matt Eldracher, Rosalind St. Pixel, Elixia and Viva The Vamp. Tickets are $5 in advance (online only) or $8 at the door.
Sunday, August 11 at 11:00 am -12:00 pm, Ottawa Street
Celebrating their 27th year, the annual Pride Fest Parade will begin at Argyle Road & Ottawa Street and proceed down Ottawa Street to the Lanspeary Park at Langlois Avenue. The parade and festival have traditionally been attended by the LGBTQ2S+ community and their allies from Southwestern Ontario and Michigan. The festival focuses on bringing all different segments and groups together to celebrate the accomplishments the pride community has made but also to raise awareness of ongoing LGBTQ2S+ issues that we still need to work on in the Windsor-Essex region and Canada as a whole.
Pride Parade After Party & Pride Day Celebration
Sunday, August 11 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Lanspeary Park
After the parade, join Detroit, Michigan’s own Sabin as the official Master of Ceremonies for Pride Day!
The day will have special presentations of ” FOOTLOOSE” by Art Collective Theatre, dance performances by Cathy’s Dance Studio. Featuring exciting artists such as the Sarah Smith Band, Nikki & The Dirty Elizabeths, Tony Coates and Carly Thomas, special drag performances by Ariel Attack, BOA, Disco Jesus, Geena Hayze, Haiwaii Goodvibes and Juicebox and rapping up the day with mixes by our own DJ Mankind. The event will also feature a cash bar, food and merchant vendor marketplace, activities and much more.
The event will also feature a cash bar, food and merchant vendor marketplace, activities and much more.
Over 30+ vendors will have everything from apparel to gifts, art to food and beverage.
A donation of at the gate would be greatly appreciated by the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest to help fund the cost of the event.
Saturday, August 10 from 11:00am until 8:00pm, and Sunday, August 11 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm at Lanspeary Park
Over 35+ merchant booths full of unique products / food & beverage sold by individual vendors. Kids Zone play area featuring the Home Depot craft area, arts tent, inflatable bouncy castle, golf and face painting.
On Saturday the event will be hosted by Tony Coates and will feature live entertainment from Christian Vegh, Mae James, Tartan Army, Strange Cats, David Faulkner and many more.
On Sunday the event will be hosted by Detroit, Michigan’s own Sabin as the official Master of Ceremonies for Pride Day!
The day will have special presentations of ” FOOTLOOSE” by Art Collective Theatre, dance performances by Cathy’s Dance Studio. Featuring exciting artists such as the Sarah Smith Band, Nikki & The Dirty Elizabeths, Tony Coates and Carly Thomas, special drag performances by Ariel Attack, BOA, Disco Jesus, Geena Hayze, Haiwaii Goodvibes and Juicebox and rapping up the day with mixes by our own DJ Mankind.
Donations for the Saturday and Sunday Pride Marketplace events will be accepted and will benefit the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest and its year round social/recreational programming.
About WE Pride Fest
Since its humble beginning as a small march of about 100 people on Wyandotte Street back in 1992, the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest has become one of our community’s most anticipated cultural attractions. Now over 25 years later, and over 5,000 visitors annually, The Windsor-Essex Pride Fest continues to promote equality and diversity through a range of fun-filled events created for all to enjoy.
Windsor-Essex Pride Fest (WEPF) is an incorporated not-for-profit organization in the Province of Ontario. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, WEPF brings together members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Two Spirit (LGBTIQ2S) community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of our community by providing advocacy and producing inclusive and safe events, initiatives and social programs. WEPF strengthens the sense of community and contributes to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of LGBTIQ2S individuals in Windsor-Essex.
Windsor-Essex Pride Fest has made a concerted effort to expand its role in the community beyond our 5-day event. Our board has adopted the philosophy that Pride should be more than just a festival, it should be a feeling that our LGBTIQ+ community should have all year long. Our community should be proud of who they are, where they live and what they contribute to our society.
For the more information visit the official Windsor Essex Pride Fest website.