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Vancouver Pride week comes to an end with virtual parade

Last Updated Aug 2, 2020 at 3:19 pm PDT

(Source: Vancouver Pride Parade Facebook)

'Vancouver Pride can't be cancelled only re-imagined'

A virtual festival is being live-streamed Sunday on the Vancouver Pride Society's website

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The COVID-19 pandemic is not stopping Vancouverites from celebrating love as this year’s events are “reimagined.”

Organizers are encouraging viewers to watch the stream with people within their small bubble, dress up, and share pictures on social media.

While the celebration looks a little different this year due to COVID-19 people are taking part on social media, sharing their coming-out stories online and posting photos of past Pride parades.

BC Premier, John Horgan tweeted photos of him previous parades and wrote, “missing celebrating #VancouverPride in person. But Pride cannot be cancelled.”

“As we enjoy the parade virtually today, I hope you take the chance to learn more about LGTBQ2S+ history, celebrate how far we’ve come & recognized how far we have to go.”

When Vancouver Pride cancelled the in-person celebrations, the society acknowledged this year’s festivities will not be the same. “But moving Pride to a digital format is Love in action,” a release from May reads.

Earlier this week, Catherine Jenkins, Co-Chair of the Vancouver Pride Society said the pandemic has hit the 2SLGBTQ+ community particularly hard.

“A lot of folks that were already marganizaled have faced increased barriers in participation in society. A lot of folks that were socially isolated before are even more socially isolated now,” she added.

Pride week kicked off Monday with a proclamation ceremony at Vancouver City Hall to raise the Pride and Progress flags.

You can catch the live stream on Facebook, Youtube, Twitch or the Vancouver Pride site between 1 and 4 p.m.