(Kelowna, BC) The Kelowna Pride Society has announced that Pride Week 2021 will be held from September 10 to 19. The popular Pride Festival and March will take place on Sunday, September 19.
Organizers are currently busy at work developing the programming. Yet, they remain mindful and respectful of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. KPS continues to observe provincial health orders and the guidance that is in place. All events and programming will follow the appropriate health directives.
As plans take shape, the Kelowna Pride Society is currently seeking community support. To help make this year's celebration truly special, they're looking for volunteers, sponsors, talent, vendors and affiliate event organizers. KPS is also encouraging volunteers and organizers to get in touch to help stage the return of the Trans March and Social. The Pride Society is happy to provide support, but would ideally like the initiative to be led by members of the trans community.
The theme of Pride Week 2021 is ‘25 Years of the Pride Movement - The Work is Not Done.’ A nod to Kelowna Pride’s beginnings.
The last Pride celebrations before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic were the biggest in Kelowna’s history. More than 12,000 people attended the festival and march in downtown Kelowna in the summer of 2019. While those numbers aren’t expected this year, 2021’s edition promises to be more of a return to normal following 2020’s scaled-back celebrations. As with last year, a variety of 2021’s events will be live-streamed for those who would prefer to watch from the comfort of their own homes.
General Manager of the Kelowna Pride Society, Dustyn Baulkham, hopes the community will get behind Pride Week 2021:
“We’re all looking forward to September and Kelowna Pride Week. But I’d like to assure the community that while we’re excited to gather and celebrate, we will be doing everything by the book, ensuring appropriate Covid-19 safety protocols are followed. We’ll be able to gather at a larger scale than was possible in 2020 and we hope those who feel comfortable doing so will join us to celebrate Kelowna Pride 2021!”
There are more details to come. For now, the Kelowna Pride Society asks that you please save the week of September 10 - 19 in your calendars for Kelowna Pride Week 2021.
Earlier this year, the Kelowna Pride Festival won gold in Best of Kelowna 2021 being voted as ‘best festival.’
Kelowna’s Pride celebrations are presented by TD. Find out more about the Kelowna Pride 2021 (including how to volunteer and more) via the organization’s official website (KelownaPride.com).
About the Kelowna Pride Society
The Kelowna Pride Society (KPS) is a non-profit organization committed to serving Kelowna's LGBTQ2+ community. KPS creates events and offers programs to connect the community. The organization depends on volunteers, membership, sponsorship and patronage to thrive, and KPS is grateful for the support it is receiving from the community. KPS hosts the popular annual Kelowna Pride Festival (formerly the Okanagan Pride Festival) which draws visitors from throughout the Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada, and the United States.
The Kelowna Pride Society would like to respectfully acknowledge that they operate on the unceded, traditional territory of the syilx (Okanagan) people.
For more information, please contact:
Dustyn Baulkham, General Manager
Kelowna Pride Society