Pride Hamilton Cancels Pride in the Park 2020

March 25, 2020


It's clear now that the impact of this pandemic will last months, not weeks. With that in mind, we've made the tough decision to cancel our Pride in the Park event scheduled for June 20 in Gage Park. Putting on a safe, green, inclusive, and fabulous outdoor event can't happen within the time we need to organize, plan, and fundraise.


This doesn't mean that we're not having Pride at all, it just means that we're going to have to tap into the resilience and creativity that flows through this city's amazing Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ communities and come up with another way to do this.


We're committed to celebrating Pride this June, in one way or another. If we can gather together to rally and march, then we will, and if we're all still cooped up then we'll connect with one another through the internet.


In that spirit, our applications will not close on March 31, but will remain open so that people can apply to join in the fun whenever it's permitted to happen. We'll still need performers, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers.


What this also likely means is that there will be a chance for artists and other vendors to come together in late 2020, indoors. Pride is determined to do something in person to celebrate local artists and not-for-profit champions as soon as there's the all clear and time to plan it safely.


We don't feel great about having made this choice, but we know that our communities will get through this together. We'll keep you posted as our plans materialize and appreciate all the love and solidarity that keeps coming our way.


In the meantime, we're going to be casting our dreams for Pride in the Park into 2021 as we gear up to celebrate 30 years of Pride in Hamilton.


Hang in there everyone, be safe, and stay home.

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