We have moved this year to Kitchener Civic Square and King Street, in Kitchener, for the all-day music fest from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All of tri-Pride’s favourite festival staples remain the same, including live stage performers, our licensed area–this year brought to you by Autobahr, our TD Kids’ Zone, barbeque food, and our popular Vendors Market Village.
tri-Pride is excited to welcome a vast variety of entertainers performing this year on the Pride Stage. Headliner acts include Ayr, Ont. native Kate Reid with her folk influence; rocker Josh Zuckerman from St. Louis, MI.; Chrisie Edkins, a trans woman from the UK who is touring Pride Festivals across the world this year for free, and; Apocalypstic, a five-piece all-girl pop band based out of Ottawa, Ont. Of course, our tri-Pride local favourites return including Charlena Russell, Mary 5E, our community’s best drag queens and kings, and much more. For more details on all the performers, visit our Performing @ Pride page.
New this year, we are proud to introduce Educational PRIDE Seminars–a series of interactive workshops that provide education about our rainbow community, as well as great opportunities for GLBTQ individuals to learn about subjects of interest to us! Stay tuned for more details coming soon.
The tri-Pride Live Music Festival is the summation of a weeklong flurry of Pride Week activities across Waterloo Region. In addition to the festival, tri-Pride is kicking Pride Week off on May 24 with the annual Mr. & Ms. tri-Pride Pageant at Club Renaissance, 24 Charles St. W., Kitchener. This pageant will help to crown this year’s Drag King and Queen of the festival and help to usher in Pride Week activities.
Festivities continue on Friday May 25 with THE WHITE PARTY, hosted by Crash and Pal Events, at the Tannery in downtown Kitchener. New this year, tri-Pride is also celebrating in Cambridge with a flag raising ceremony at the Cambridge Civic Square on Saturday May 26 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. This event’s activities will feature children’s entertainer Captain Cam, as well as speeches and other activities. That evening, DJ Dallas is hosting the Mega Pride Party starting at 9 p.m. at the German-Canadian Club in Cambridge.
A number of family-friendly activities are available through the week including Family Pride Fun Day on Sunday May 27 at Waterloo Park, followed by Lesbo Bingo on Wednesday May 30 at Rum Runner Pub, 1 King St. W., Kitchener. On Thursday May 31, Sizzle is host to Bruised Fruit 2012, a hilarious night of comedy and entertainment. On the eve to the Pride Festival, Grand River Raceway is hosting the second annual Drag Night at the Races–another great evening of entertainment featuring drag queens on horses! Also that evening, GLOW is hosting its annual GLOW Bonfire at Columbia Lake at 9 p.m.
tri-Pride Pre-parties and After Parties are taking place at Club Renaissance and Sizzle on June 1 and 2. Following the festival on June 2, the Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington is hosting the Rainbow Chorus Pictures Show at Knox Presbyterian Church. Sizzle is also hosting a Youth Pride Day Party the same day.
The culmination of these events are targetted to celebrate and build pride among the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer community in Waterloo Region. We encourage all community members, gay and straight, to join in the week of festivities as Waterloo Region celebrates PRIDE WEEK!.
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