By Andrew Collins. There is a series of events held over the six weeks leading up to the final Pride weekend, which culminates with a parade and festival. Vancouver's 2017 Pride Parade is scheduled for August 6. Before the main event, however, a vast array of concerts, parties, lectures, boat cruises, art exhibitions, and similarly enticing events are celebrated. Vancouver Pride has drawn well over 700,000 participants in recent years. It's the largest Pride parade in western Canada and ranks among the biggest in North America.
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Vancouver's Pride Parade is the largest parade of any kind in Western Canada. The parade, which covered only one side of the street while the other remained open to traffic, ran from Nelson Park to Alexandra Park via Thurlow, Pacific and Beach. The VPS is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and a handful of paid staff, who handle the finances, logistics and operations of the organization and events. In addition, many hundreds of volunteers are involved in running the events. The events are funded through annual donations, corporate sponsorships, the City of Vancouver, parade entry fees, festival vendor fees, and donations collected during events.
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Pride parades also known as pride marches , pride events , and pride festivals are outdoor events celebrating lesbian , gay , bisexual , transgender and queer LGBTQ social and self acceptance, achievements, legal rights and pride. The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage. At the beginning of the gay rights protest movement, news on Cuban prison work camps for homosexuals inspired the Mattachine Society to organize protests at the United Nations and the White House , in 1965.