Award & Marshal Nominations

Each year Capital Pride recognizes people who make an impact on the local or broader LGBTQ2+ community. This year, we are asking the community to nominate people as our 2019 Grand Marshal, 2019 Youth Marshal, and 2018 Community Champion. The Marshals and Community Champion are leaders in the community who create a better, more vibrant queer community. Recipients will be made public at the Capital Pride Awards Gala on Feb 7 and notified two weeks in advance.

Capital Pride continues to work to celebrate traditionally underrepresented people and as such we encourage nominations for trans people and non-binary people, racialized people, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, migrants and people from other marginalized communities.

  • Grand Marshal: The Grand Marshal has had a big impact in the National Capital Region, Kitigan Zibi or Pikwakanagan First Nation through their engagement and effort in a meaningful initiative. This can be through their professional, personal or volunteer work.
  • Youth Marshal: The Youth Marshal is a person aged 25 or under who has, through their dedication, elevated, brightened, and advocated for the LGBTQ2+ community in the National Capital Region, Kitigan Zibi or Pikwakanagan First Nation. The Youth Marshal has made a meaningful impact in school, work, a community organization or their neighbourhoods.
  • Community Champion: The 2018 Community Champion Award recipient is an individual or organization who has had a measurable impact on the region’s LGBTQ2+ community through their tireless dedication to their cause and their volunteer work. This inspiring individual motivates others to get out and support the community and lays the framework for a more inclusive Capital Region.

Previously, Capital Pride has awarded multiple people with the position of Grand Marshal or awarded a different Grand Marshal title, such as International Marshal, and may choose to do so again.

Deadline for Nominations: January 23rd, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

    • Nominations may be made by individuals or organizations.
      • The nominee must have had an impact on the LGBTQ2+ community throughout the National Capital Region though they don’t necessarily have to reside in the National Capital Region.
    • To be eligible for the Youth Marshal, nominees must be 25 years of age or under.

General Duties

The Marshal is traditionally an honorific for the person or people who will lead the Pride Parade, and embodies the LGBTQ2+ community in the given year they are nominated. Our Marshals are invited to participate in events throughout the Pride Week celebrations, with special attention to the Pride Parade, and the Flag Raising. A fuller description of noteworthy events for the Marshals to attend will be supplied.


The nomination process closes on January 23, 2019. The Grand Marshal, Youth Marshal, and Community Champion will be announced in the lead-up to WinterPride.