The Best Pride Events in Halifax to Spread the Love

Whether you want to celebrate the LGBTQ community on the dance floor, at the parade or by the pool, we've got you covered with the best Pride events happening in the city

When we think of Pride, there is more than just rainbow flags, glitter and colourful fashion that comes to mind. Pride is a time of celebration, solidarity, remembrance, inclusion and activism. It is a chance to not only dance into the early hours of the morning, but also to work towards making each year more inclusive and intersectional for all. Halifax has a huge lineup of events for their 10-day celebration this year, so it can be hard to choose which ones to hit up. That’s why we did the work for you and rounded-up the best Pride events in Halifax for a non-stop week-and-a-half. To continue the celebrations across the country, click here to check out our list of the best Pride events from Vancouver to St. John’s.

When: July 19–29

Here is a picture of a few women dancing on a float during Halifax Pride

Halifax Pride Parade (Photo: Courtesy Halifax Pride)

Pride Parade

The low-down: This year the parade is focusing on supporting the LGBTQ community and sharing everything Pride stands for: pride, inclusion, respect and diversity. There will also be a plethora of rainbow flags, music and glitter, as per usual.
When: June 21 at 1 p.m.
Fees: Free
Find it: Starts at Upper Water and wraps up at the Garrison Grounds on Bell Rd., halifaxpride.com

The Bump

The low-down: If dancing under the stars is your jam, then you have to hit up this outdoor drag dance party. 
July 20 at 9 p.m. to July 21 at 2 a.m.
Fees: $5
Find it: Garrison Grounds, 5425 Sackville St., halifaxpride.com

Candlelit Vigil

The low-down: Remember those who have sacrificed their lives for the LGBTQ community at this powerful and solemn candlelit vigil. 
When: July 23 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fees: Free
Find it: Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd., halifaxpride.com

Queer Perspectives: Coming Out as Trans in School

The low-down: This panel discusses the issues faced by trans individuals when they come out in the Nova Scotia school system and how staff can better support LGBTQ youth. 
When: July 23 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Fees: Free
Find it: Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd., halifaxpride.com

Gottingen Block Party

The low-down: The entire street of Gottingen is taken over by LGBTQ vendors, food trucks, a BBQ joint, DJs, art and more.
When: July 28 from 5 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Fees: Free
Find it: Gottingen St., halifaxpride.com

Dykes vs. Divas Softball Game

The low-down: You’ve never seen softball like this—watch as a team of drag queens and lesbians go head to head during this annual sporting event, then celebrate with the winners after the game.
When: July 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fees: Free
Find it: Halifax Commons, Canada Games Baseball Diamond, 5816 Cogswell St., halifaxpride.com


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