The capital of Alberta and the province's second-largest city, Edmonton has earned the nickname "Festival City" for its many annual events. It's only fitting that this city of about 750,000 has a sizable Gay Pride Week (said to be the fourth largest in Canada), which comprises a number of engaging events in the middle of the month of June. This year, Edmonton Gay Pride takes place from Friday, June 6, through Sunday, June 15, 2014. Keep in mind that Edmonton Pride differs from many similar Pride weeks in that the main event, the parade and celebration, take place near the beginning of the week, on Saturday, June 7, not at the end.
Here's a look at last year's Edmonton Pride - more on this year's event to be posted soon:
Edmonton Pride's most prominent event is the Gay Pride Parade, which takes place on Saturday, and begins at noon and runs east for several blocks along 102 Ave, from 107 St. NW to 99 St. NW before ending at Churchill Square.
The parade is followed by the Edmonton Pride Festival, from noon until 8 pm in Churchill Square, which includes a beer garden, food stalls, a wine bar, a community and business fair, and live entertainment.
Edmonton Pride consists of numerous additional events throughout the week, including a Pure Pride Dance Party on Saturday, following the festival. There are also church services, sports competitions, a PFLAG gathering, Queer History bus tours, a Laugh Outloud comedy show, Pride Youth events, and - on the final day of Pride Week, Sunday, a Mayor's Pride Brunch. It other words - lots to keep you busy.
Of course, additionally, plenty of gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops will be extra busy during this busy time, and catering heavily to LGBT visitors. Check local gay papers, such as Outlooks Magazine and Gay Calgary Magazine for details. Also check out Travel Gay Canada's online directory on Alberta, which has extensive information on Edmonton's gay scene; and for tourism information, the GLBT travel page of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation.