The 25th Annual Windsor-Essex Pride Fest taking place at Riverfront Festival Plaza and various locations on August 9-13, 2017 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 9 at 10:30am, 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 takes place at City Hall Square to celebrate the official opening of the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest weekend featuring guest speaker Mayor Drew Dilkens along with local dignitaries, community leaders and the local LGBTIQ2S community coming together to show support for this important community, cultural and tourist attraction in Windsor and Essex County.
Pride Bowling Night
Thursday, August 10 at 7:00pm, Rose Bowl Lanes
Doors will open promptly at 6:30pm, with games starting 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. Face painting will be made available. Donations to the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest will be extremely appreciated!
Pride Lawn Bowling Night
Friday, August 11 at 6pm, Windsor Lawn Bowling Club at Jackson Park
Members of the Windsor-Essex LGBT Community, their friends, family and allies are invited to “come out” and enjoy an evening of fun with lawn bowling, socializing and snacks/refreshments for sale. Please wear flat soled shoes.
Friday, August 11 at 7pm, Pride Fest Office at 536 Pelissier St.
Windsor-Essex Pride Fest introduces “Untoxicated” a first time event for those wishing to enjoy the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest in a drug and alcohol free environment. “Untoxicated” event will be held at the Pride Fest office lcoated at 536 Pelissier Street from 7:00pm to 12:00pm on Friday, August 11, featuring DJ Mankind, snacks and clean beverages.
Friday, August 11 at 8pm, The Rondo
Enjoy a liberating night that celebrates all things queer in Windsor-Essex. Climb the stairs into The Rondo and feast your eyes on a world of glitter and sparkling surprises. Expect a diverse mix of music from DJ Allisin Chaynes and DJ Ebony as well as special performances from Ferrah CT, Win City Roses Burlesque’s Charlotte Chartreuse and Rosalind St Pixel and Vertical Pole Fitness’s Alexandra Urbano. Admission is $10 and proceeds benefit the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest and its scholarship programs.
Saturday, August 11 from 12:00pm until 6:00pm at Riverfront Festival Plaza
Pride Marketplace is a free event that features over 35+ vendors, inflatable rides, face painting, a Home Depot Craft table, youth arts tent and much more.
Glow (Circus Themed Dance Party and Show)
Saturday, August 12 at 8pm, Riverfront Festival Plaza
Get those glow sticks ready or anything else that will make you stand out! GLOW is a dance party that will take place as part of the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 8:00pm until 1:00am at the Riverfront Festival Plaza in Downtown Windsor, Ontario. Enjoy great live entertainment, food, vendors and more.
Exciting artists performing on stage include DJ JOSH KARMIN and DJ KEVIN BAILEY, special performances by SOFONDA COX and dancers and be amazed by the aerial performances by WINDSOR CIRCUS SCHOOL.
Prizes for best themed costumes.
Admission is $5. This is a 19+ event.
Pride Fest Parade
Sunday, August 13 at 11am, Ouellette Avenue
The Annual Pride Fest Parade begins at Ouellette Avenue & Elliot Avenue and proceeds through Downtown Windsor to the Riverfront Festival Plaza. 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 that have been made in the Windsor-Essex region and Canada as a whole.
Pride Family Day
Sunday, August 13 at 12pm to 7pm, Riverfront Festival Plaza
The entire community is invited to enjoy an afternoon of fun and celebration!
After the parade, join 93.9FM and Windsor’s own Dan MacDonald as the official MC for Pride Day! The day will have the Community Champion Award presentation, special performance of ” GUYS & DOLLS” by Art Collective Theatre, exciting artists such as BIGG Wiggle (Windsor) and Nikki & The Dirty Elizabeths (Michigan), special drag performances by Bentley James (Detroit), Lita Von Sleaze (London) with Windsor’s hometown girl DRO and fantastic mixes by our own DJ Mankind. The event will also feature a cash bar, food and merchant vendor marketplace, activities and much more.
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.
This year’s Pride Fest takes place August 9-13, 2017, and it promises to be even more action-packed with live entertainment, food and merchant vendors and much more.
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.