Western Canada's largest city and a longtime center of gay activism, Vancouver hosts a terrific Gay Pride Parade and Festival in early August, although it comprises a series of events held over the six weeks leading up to the final weekend. The official festivities take place Sunday, August 3, 2014, the day of the Annual Pride Parade and Festival. A vast array of concerts, parties, lectures, boat cruises, art exhibitions, and similarly enticing events take place during the days leading up to the parade and festival, so check the Vancouver Pride online event calendar for details. In recent years, Vancouver Gay Pride has drawn well over 650,000 participants.
On August 3, the 36th Annual Vancouver Gay Pride Parade takes place from noon until 3 pm, beginning downtown at Alberni and Thurlow streets, running west along Robston Street, south along Denman Street, and then curving in an easterly direction along English Bay to the festival site at Sunset Beach. Here's the Vancouver Pride Parade map.
The Vancouver Pride Festival at Sunset Beach (at Beach Ave. and Jervis St., near the Davie Street Gay Village) takes place from 11 am until 6 pm and features a Pride Festival Family Picnic Zone; plenty of community, retail, and food vendors; and a mainstage on which several performers will appear throughout the day.
Many gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week, and the beautiful Vancouver gay beaches will also be packed with revelers. Check local gay papers, such as Xtra Vancouver, for details. Also check out Tourism Vancouver outstanding site welcoming gay and lesbian visitors.