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Windsor Pride Fest 2018 | Windsor Essex Pride Festival
August 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - August 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
The 26th Annual Windsor-Essex Pride Fest taking place at Lanspeary Park and various locations on August 8-12, 2018, 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 8 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 City Hall Square to celebrate the official opening of the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest weekend, featuring guest speaker Mayor Drew Dilkens along with Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Board of Directors, local dignitaries, community leaders, allies, supporters and our LGBTIQ2S community as we come together to show their support for this important community, cultural and tourist attraction in Windsor and Essex County.
Panel Discussion on Arab LGBT+ Community
Wednesday, August 8, 6:00 pm -8:00 pm, University of Windsor, School of Social Work
Panel Discussion on Arab LGBT+ Community. Windsor-Essex Pride Fest and Canadian Arabs for Rights & Empowerment (CARE) present a panel discussion on Arab LGBT+ community in Windsor-Essex and region.
Pride Bowling Night
Thursday, August 9 at 6:00pm, Rose Bowl Lanes
Doors will open promptly at 5:30pm, with games starting at 6:00pm. Meet your friends for two free games of bowling and enjoy prizes, raffles and more! Cash bar and food will be available for purchase. Donations to the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest will be extremely appreciated!
Windsor-Essex Pride Festival
Friday, August 10 to 12, Lanspeary Park
Hosted by 93.9FM’s own Dan Macdonald, exciting artists that will be performing on stage include Windsor’s own Bigg Wiggle, Chappus & Neuman and many 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.
WIFF Pride Weekend Film Screenings
Saturday, August 11 at 9am to 9:15pm, Capitol Theatre
Windsor-Essex Pride Fest presents an huge exciting assemble featuring DK Kevin Bailey dishing out the mixes and special performances from a ton of queens including Priyanka (Toronto), XTay Love (Toronto), Boa (Toronto), Dotty Dangerfield (Toronto), Eve Summers (Toronto), Roxy Rhymes (London), Hawaii Goodvibes (Windsor) and Chanel (Windsor) and much more. Click here for more information.
Saturday, August 11 from 11:00am until 8:00pm at Lanspeary Park
Pride Marketplace is a free event that features live art classes, musical performances by Carli Thomas (London) 5:30pm-6:30pm and Mae James (Detroit) 6:30pm – 8:00pm.
Kids Zone play area features the Home Depot craft area, arts tent, inflatable bouncy castles and other features including face painting, balloon animals, Windsor Fire & Rescue Truck.
With over 30+ vendors with tents full of unique products sold by individual market vendors. Come down and browse the variety of clothing, food & beverage, accessories, jewelry, natural bath products, home décor, non-profit organizations and much more.
Queens of Pride
Saturday, August 11 at 8pm, Lanspeary Park
Windsor-Essex Pride Fest presents an huge exciting assemble featuring DK Kevin Bailey dishing out the mixes and special performances from a ton of queens including Priyanka (Toronto), XTay Love (Toronto), Boa (Toronto), Dotty Dangerfield (Toronto), Eve Summers (Toronto), Roxy Rhymes (London), Hawaii Goodvibes (Windsor) and Chanel (Windsor) and much more.
Saturday, August 11 at 10pm-2am, The City Grill Event Centre
Glitterball is the official afterparty. WE Pride Fest welcomes you to join them 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. Expect a diverse mix of music from DJ Josh Karmin as well as special performances from Juicebox (Toronto), XTacy Love Priyanka (Toronto), Vertical Pole Fitnesss Alexandra Urbano and Win City Roses Burlesque.
Sunday, August 12 at 11:00 am -12:00 pm, Ottawa Street
Celebrating its 26th year, our annual Parade will be held on Sunday, August 12 at 11:00am beginning at Monmouth Road and proceeding down Ottawa Street to Lanspeary Park near Langlois Avenue. The parade and festival have traditionally been attended by the LGBTIQ2S community and their allies from Southwestern Ontario and Michigan. This year’s festival focuses on bringing all different segments and groups together to celebrate the accomplishments we have made in the Windsor-Essex region and Canada as a whole.
Pride Parade After Party
Sunday, August 12, 2018 12:00 pm -8:00 pm
After the parade, join Detroit’s own Sabin as the official MC for Pride Day!
The day will have special performances of ” GUYS & DOLLS” by Art Collective Theatre, exciting artists such as the Sarah Smith Band (London) and Nikki & The Dirty Elizabeths (Michigan), Deviants An The Odd Man Out (Port Hope), special drag performances by Jezabel (Toronto), Ariel Attack (Windsor), Geena Hayze (Windsor) and another one of Windsor’s hometown girl’s Haiwaii Goodvibes 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.
Over 30+ vendors will have everything from apparel to gifts, art to food and beverage.
A donation of $2.00 at the gate would be greatly appreciated by the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest to help fund the cost of the event.
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 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.
A registered non-profit corporation Windsor-Essex Pride Fest is unique to our region in that they organize and develop Pride Fest an annual cultural festival, in addition to hosting comedy events “FRUITPUNCH” and “JUICEBOX”, the Spritz Boat Cruise, wine tours as well as ongoing work to enhance the LGBT travel and tourism industry. All of these events are designed to appeal to everyone, which sets them apart from every other Pride organization.
For the more information visit the official Windsor Essex Pride Fest website.