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Windsor-Essex Pride Fest
Wednesday, August 8 to Sunday, August 12
Theatre, music, art, and entertainment while raising awareness of discrimination and the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of LGBTTIQ people in Windsor-Essex and around the world. An explosion of Pride at Lanspeary Park and on Ottawa Street, attracting over 5,000 people in a celebration of diversity.
New for 2018, Windsor-Essex Pride Fest is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with the Ottawa Street Business Improvement Association to move Pride Fest events, including the weekend festival and parade to Lanspeary Park and Ottawa Street respectively. The new location features more green space and shade, and this more intimate setting will enable tourists and local attendees to connect, explore vendors, enjoy great entertainment, and everything else that makes Pride Fest a one-of-a-kind festival in the region.
“There is something unique about Lanspeary Park and Ottawa Street. It holds a special meaning for many people. Whatever that special meaning is changes from one person to the next but regardless, it is deeply held and valued. I think the same thing sort of applies with Pride and those of us with the Ottawa Street BIA believe everyone, Pride included, should be able to share in that.”
This year will be the first in nearly two decades that the parade will not run down Ouellette. Parade participants will gather at the southern side of the parking lot of Windsor Market at the corner of Walker Road before heading straight down Ottawa Street to Lanspeary Park.
As with years past, the weekend will consist of a series of events featuring a variety of entertainment in a setting where friends and families can gather. Pride Fest is still finalizing the details of the weekend and encourages people to check its website and social media pages often as it releases information as soon as it becomes available.
Venue: Lanspeary Park
1250 Langlois Ave.
Windsor, ON Canada