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Everyone welcome to join Kelowna’s annual Pride March this year

Kelowna's first Pride March took place in 1996.
Image Credit: Okanagan Pride Society

Kelowna’s annual Pride Festival is almost here, along with the annual Pride March. It is the largest pride festival in the B.C. Interior.

The festival runs from June 6 to 12 this year, with the Pride March kicking off on the morning of June 11.

This is the fifth year PacificSport Okanagan is supporting the march as part of their commitment to creating inclusive sport in the Okanagan region.

“We are showing up and hoping that athletes and coaches will come join us as we move towards more inclusive sport,” said Laura Doherty, event coordinator for PacificSport Okanagan.

READ MORE: COVID restrictions force postponement of Kelowna Pride week

Everyone is welcome to gather for the Pride March at Stuart Park at 9:30 a.m. with flags and banners, with the walk officially starting at 10:30 a.m.

All ages are welcome to celebrate after the march at City Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where PacificSport Okanagan will have a booth set up for the pride festival.

“Here is where you can find information and resources to create more inclusive sport, and how to support members of the LGBTQ+ community through sport,” Doherty said.

The organizers will have their iconic PlayProud stickers and t-shirts available by donation. 

For the most up-to-date information on Pride Week 2022, click here.

Kelowna Pride's beginnings started more than 25 years ago. Since then, the festival has grown immensely, attracting more than 12,000 people to be proud and celebrate love, diversity and inclusivity.

Kelowna Pride acknowledges that we serve our communities as visitors on the traditional territories of the Syilx-Okanagan peoples of the Interior Salish Nation.

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