Pride in the Fairview neighbourhood
Vancouver Pride week kicked off with three official events on Saturday,August 1. The signature event — the 37th annual Vancouver Pride Parade — takes place on Sunday, August 2, in the downtown West End neighbourhood. The week wraps up on Saturday with Pride Night at the Vancouver Whitecaps game at BC Place Stadium.
In 2013 the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival were accorded official civic status, in recognition of their cultural and economic importance to the city. That same year, the Davie Street Village (the heart of both the West End neighbourhood and the Pride Parade) received Canada’s first-ever permanent rainbow-coloured crosswalk at the intersection of Davie and Bute Street.
It’s a really big deal…downtown
Vancouver’s annual Pride Parade and Festival is said to be the fifth largest Pride event in the world, attracting an annual estimated attendance of some 650,000 people and generating $3.2 million in economic benefits.
And today (Saturday, August 1) on the south side of False Creek, in the Fairview neighbourhood, rainbow Pride flags have materialized in the block of Alder Street on the north side of West Broadway Avenue.
The two colourful flags are stuck into the hedge bordering an unoccupied building unit. The are small and appear to be sponsored hand-outs. Nonetheless they are somewhat historic for being the first two Pride flags that I have ever, ever, EVER seen in the Fairview neighbourhood! Click the image to enlarge it.