In its ever-lasting quest to be more fabulous, fantastic and flamboyant than the year before, the Capital Pride Committee is releasing a program that’s edgier than its predecessors.
This year’s Capital Pride Festival will kick off at the Museum of Nature. As part of the museum’s popular Nature Nocturne event series, revelers will launch Pride, while checking out the Museum’s exhibits in a night club-esque setting. The Village Movie Night is also evolving. This year’s night in front of the silver screen will include a fully licensed bar.
The committee’s spiced up plans are part of a grand scheme to put Ottawa’s Pride event on par with similar festivities in other cities.
“For many years my goal has been to enhance the position of Capital Pride amongst other pride celebrations,” says event producer Sebastian Provost. “In my mind there’s no way we should be number five, we should be number three, behind Montreal and Toronto.”
For the second consecutive year, the Pride Parade will march through The Village on Bank Street, turn right onto Laurier Avenue and feed into Festival Plaza at City Hall. To augment the parade, Montreal based production company, Black Mohawk will be on scene with talented, elaborately decorated street performers.
The main stage at Festival Plaza will feature DJ Stephan Grondin, renowned international recording artist Amanda Lepore and American Idol contestant and drag queen Adore Delano. American rapper and song writer Cazwell will also be making an appearance.
Leading up to the parade, there will be several satellite events to attend. On August 19, Picnic in the Park will return to Hintonburg Park, where a free barbeque will be held with face painting and balloon animals.
From August 21 – 23, Yuk Yuk’s will be hosting the 10th annual Laugh Out Proud. Elvira Kurt, former host of Comedy Network series PopCultured, will serve as the MC for the event. Kurt will be joined by New York comedian Jessica Kirson and Winnipeg Comedy Festival director Al Rae.
Also on August 23, Ru Paul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons, a popular American reality television show searching for “America’s next drag superstar,” will host a segment at the main festival stage.
Capital Pride will be releasing complete details in the near future on its website.