Richmond is celebrating Pride Week with a list of virtual events leading up to and throughout Pride Week this year.
Thirteeen events including dance parties, singers, artists, drag queen story time, a DJ and more will be hosted on various media platforms.
“Pride Week is a great opportunity to celebrate our LGBTQS+ community in Richmond and demonstrate the city’s commitment to building a welcoming and inclusive city,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.
“While Pride Week will look different this year because of COVID-19, the city will continue with Pride Week celebrations in a new and creative way that captures the spirit of Pride and ensures the safety of residents.”
Pride events are held internationally to commemorate the history of the LGBTQ2S+ rights movement and to recognize diversity and inclusion.
Pride Week is highlighting the following events:
Pride Window Display Decorating Challenge
July 23 to Aug. 2
Decorate your windows with Pride colours and share your photos on the city’s social media platforms. Check out Steveston Community Centre’s Facebook page daily to participate.
Youth Dance Party
July 24 from 8 to 10 p.m.
Dance along or simply kick back and enjoy the music as Pride Week kicks off with a live music mix on Mixcloud.
Visit City of Richmond Youth’s Instagram page on July 24 for the link.
Digital Pride Pop-up Party
July 27 to 31
Join and celebrate Pride Week with a series of activities including decorating challenges, crafts and more.
Visit South Arm Community Centre’s Facebook and Instagram pages daily to participate.
Drag Queen Story Time
July 30 from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Watch local teacher Bryan Bone, also known as Miss Gina Tonic, for a reading of children’s stories that teach lessons of diversity, self-love and an appreciation of others.
Register online at Richmond.ca/register or through the Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300
Live Music with Matthew Presidente
Aug. 1 from 8 to 8:45 p.m.
Join queer artist Matthew Presidente perform original songs and covers of pop classics.
Visit @WestRichmondCC on Instagram to join the event
Pride Webinar Series: Creating Inclusive Pride Events
Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Enhance your skills in planning accessible and inclusive events for diverse communities. Learn the principles of event accessibility and inclusive language and different considerations for planning an inclusive Pride event in your community.
Register at City Centre Community Centre’s Eventbright page at Tiny.cc/a6uhsz
For the full list of Pride Week events, visit Richmond.ca/PrideWeek