Capital Pride today published its annual report for 2017-18 which saw the largest Pride Festival yet in the National Capital Region – traditional territory of the Algonquin people.
“Our 2017-2018 annual report is a testament to the power of community” says Capital Pride Chairperson Davy Sabourin. “The report not only highlights last year’s tremendous successes: it’s also a way to demonstrate how we – a mostly volunteer-run organization with finite resources – work to deliver on our mission in concert with community partners, members and allies.”
As highlighted in the report, Capital Pride grew significantly in 2017-18:
- We expanded the Summer Festival to two days
- We added new youth events attendance to which doubled
- We launched the Community Fund project
- More than 150 groups marched in the parade
- Our community organized more than 65 events
- We expanded the street festival to include Somerset Street between Bank Street and O’Connor Street
- Our 2018 Pride Pageant attracted record turnout with a sell-out attendance of more than 600
- We booked our largest headline acts yet, including: Bif Naked, Brooke Candy, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, and RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstars Aja, and The Vixen
“Capital Pride wouldn’t be what it is without the dedication and passion of our volunteers and staff on the Operations Committee, and our volunteer Board of Directors. We are also grateful for community members and allies, stakeholders, different levels of government, sponsors and donors for supporting us in our common goal of creating opportunities to educate, advocate, celebrate and connect people”, says Capital Pride Community Engagement Officer Mandy Wilson.
The full report is available here.
Preparations for Capital Pride’s 2019 summer festival are well underway and registration is in full swing for the parade and community fair. The public is invited to visit www.ottawacapitalpride.ca or follow Capital Pride on social media for more details.
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