This year’s Kamloops Pride Parade has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organizers have a number of online celebrations planned.
The decision to cancel the annual parade this month was made due to government orders regarding group gatherings.
“While we are certainly disappointed about the cancellation of what would have been Kamloops’ 4th Pride Parade, we know that the health and safety of the community are of utmost importance and we take our role in limiting the spread of COVID-19 seriously,” the organization said in a post on its Facebook page, noting 2020 marks 50 years since the first Pride Parade was held in New York — on June 28, 1970.
The Pride Parade normally takes place in downtown Kamloops in August. Instead, Kamloops Pride is planning a number of online celebrations this week, including a window display contest, an online dance, a drag show and more.
The events will be offered for free, though the group will be accepting donations.
More information will be posted to the Kamloops Pride Facebook page and at kamloopspride.com.
• Queerantine Online Dance, online at Twitch.
Friday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., all ages.
Dance from the comfort of your living rooms.
Join others on Twitch and dance the night away with everyone’s favourite DJ — Iain Mckee.
Make sure to tag Kamloops Pride in your photos. The best outfit will win a gift card from Aberdeen Mall.
• Sip In Pride Bingo.
Saturday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., all ages.
Drag bingo is hosted by Karmella Barr. Play a few rounds of bingo virtually and win some Kamloops swag.
• Online Drag Show at Twitch.
Saturday, Aug. 18, 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., all ages.
Coming to a living room near you, Kamloops Pride is offering a night of talented drag performances by Kendall Gender, Karmella Barr, Freida Whales and Jeremy Androsoff.
The event is hosted by Alicia Ashcroft. Those taking part are asked to tag Kamloops Pride as prizes will be awarded.
• Discussion Panel, online at Twitch.
Sunday, Aug. 16, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., all ages.
A discussion panel features local service providers.