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Everything you need to know about the 2020 Capital Pride Festival

By Greggory Clark on August 22, 2020

The annual Capital Pride festival runs online from August 23 to 30

Capital Pride 2020 kicks off this weekend, and organizers say the shift online will make this edition one of the most memorable since the festival began in 1986.

This year’s virtual events include a community market, youth art showcases, drag bingo, dance parties, discussion panels, and annual favourites such as the Capital Pride Pageant and Family Pride event. The festival officially begins with the annual raising of the rainbow flag on Sunday, August 23. Watch live at capitalpride.ca and share your own photos using Capital Pride’s #WhereverWeAre hashtag.

A virtual human rights vigil on August 25 at 7pm will pay tribute to the ongoing challenges and barriers that 2SLGBTQ+ people face. Participants will take a moment of silence to collectively honour those who have lost their lives due to homophobia, transphobia, and racism.

The best drag performers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region will compete to win the 2020 titles of Mr., Ms., and Mx. Capital Pride. Past winners include Adrianna Exposée, Elle Faekwa, and Cyril Cinder.

Due to COVID-19, the Pride Parade down Bank Street will not take place in person. But Pride is not cancelled—Pride is never cancelled. You can join the celebration and support Ottawa’s 2SLGBTQ+ community by sending messages of hope and love at this year’s Virtual Pride Parade on Sunday, August 30. Head to capitalpride.ca to join in live at 2pm.


Capital Pride Festival takes place from August 23 to 30, 2020. Visit capitalpride.ca for more information about this year’s virtual festival. See the full calendar of events here.