PRIDE WEEK 2023
PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Saturday, August 12
Starts at Municipality of Chatham-Kent Civic Centre follows King Street
2023 Pride Sponsors
Pride Parades bring the 2SLGBTQIA+ community & allies together to raise awareness, build community & celebrate diversity.
Individuals are welcome to join the parade for free.
The cost to enter a float or group is $25.
Vendors & Displays
10’x10′ space $40
With power $60
Our vendors are an important part of Pride Fest providing information, services & wares to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, families & our allies.
Become a Sponsor
Each tier includes lower-tier benefits.
All sponsors receive a free vendor or display space & spot in our parade.
Highlighted as a Major Pride Fest Sponsor.
Full individual sponsor banner display.
Social media coverage.
Logo displayed on collective sponsors banner.
What is Pride?
Pride is both a protest & a party.
Pride is honouring our roots, celebrating our wins, & imagining queer possibilities.
Pride is taking a breath to live in the moment – joyous, unapologetic, & taking up space in a world that says we should not exist.
Why do we celebrate Pride?
1. People are still attacked or discriminated against because of their real or perceived sexual & gender identity.
2. Prides are an opportunity to challenge homophobic & transphobic legislation & practices.
3. Rights can never be taken for granted.
4. Prides contribute to changing hearts & minds.
5. Prides are empowering.
Why Pride in August?
Pride Month in June marks the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. The first Canadian gay rights protest was in August 1971 on Parliament Hill. By 1973, Pride Weeks started in various cities during August. Chatham-Kent holds its Pride Fest following this Canadian tradition.