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Kelowna Pride looking for help as it gears up for Pride Week 2020

Participants in the 2019 Pride March in downtown Kelowna are pictured in this submitted photo.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Kelowna Pride Society
February 20, 2020 - 3:06 PM

Vendors, advertisers and volunteers are needed as Kelowna Pride builds on the growing success of its Pride Week celebrations.

“2019 was our biggest Pride ever, with over 12,000 people joining us for the Pride March in downtown Kelowna,” Dustyn Baulkham, general manager of the Kelowna Pride Society, said in a news release. “Our challenge for 2020 is to try and make Pride even bigger and better.”

The 2020 events in Kelowna, including a Pride March and Festival downtown, will run from June 6 to 14.

“Pride is all about inclusivity and acceptance,” Baulkham said. “It’s not about ‘us versus them’ but celebrating and creating a world where all can be their true selves regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.”

June is internationally recognized as Pride Month and commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, according to the release. It also marks the month the Rainbow Pride Flag was first flown at a parade in San Francisco in 1978.

“At this point, there are three key components we’re focusing on," Baulkham said.

"We’re in search of vendors who would like to exhibit at our Pride Festival, we’re always in search of great volunteers who are willing to help out during Pride - there’s everything from taking tickets to snapping photos -  and we’re also looking to secure advertisers and sponsors for our Pride Guide which will be published in the lead up to Kelowna Pride 2020.”

Prospective vendors can go here to apply. Those who want to advertise in the Pride Guide can fill out a form here, while those wanting to run affiliate events can apply by going here.

Over 12,000 people took part in the Pride March in downtown Kelowna in 2019.
Over 12,000 people took part in the Pride March in downtown Kelowna in 2019.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Kelowna Pride Society

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