When it comes to the Pride celebrations on the Island, Charlottetown is *the* place to get in on the action. People from every corner of PEI travel down to the capital city to take part in the inclusive, diverse and exhilarating Pride festivities. Whether you’re a local or travelling across the country for all of the LGBTQ activities this summer, these are the best Pride events in Charlottetown.
When: July 22–28
The low-down: This year’s parade is said to be the biggest yet. People from all over the Island come to the capital city to experience the colourful march through the heart of downtown.
When: July 28 at 1 p.m.
Find it: Starts at the Shaw Building and can viewed beginning from Terry Fox Drive, continuing on to Euston Street, Great George Street, Grafton Street and finishes at Rochford Square on Rockford St., pridepei.com
Pride in the Park
The low-down: After the parade finishes, the celebrations continue at Rochford Square for an all-ages party.
When: July 28th, time TBD
Find it: Rochford Square, pridepei.com
OUTspoken Poetry Slam
The low-down: Experience slam poetry from the local LGBTQ community as members share their stories through this creative medium. Hosted by PEERS Alliance, these spoken word performances are a must-see.
When: July 26th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Find it: Confederation Centre Public Library, pridepei.com
The low-down: Party into the a.m. at this unique Maritime location—and don’t forget to break out your cutest all-white outfit. This year’s event will feature RuPaul’s Drag Race Glamour Toad Ginger Minj!
When: July 28th from 10:45 p.m. to 2 a.m. (meet and greet starts at 9 p.m.)
Fees: $31 for general admission, $61 for meet and greet
Find it: The Delta Prince Edward Ballroom, 18 Queen St., pridepei.com
Pride Beach Day
The low-down: The Island is known for its breathtaking beaches, so it is quite fitting to have a Pride-themed celebration by the beach. Spend the afternoon enjoying the summer sun at this seaside family-friendly event.
When: July 14th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Find it: Penderosa Beach, 330 Penderosa Rd., pridepei.com