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PRIDE  WEEK  2023

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

  • Friday, August 11, 2023

    Flag raising

    12pm at Municipality of CK Civic Centre (315 King St)

  • Saturday, August 12, 2023

    Pride Parade

    11-1145am Starts from Municipality of CK Civic Centre (315 King St) & follows King Street to Sons of Kent (27 Adelaide St S., Chatham)

  • Saturday, August 12, 2023

    Pride Fest

    12-3pm @ Sons of Kent (27 Adelaide St S., Chatham)

    Scroll down for more details!

  • Sunday, August 13, 2023

    Diversity Service

    1030am St. Andrews United Church (85 William St. S, Chatham)

  • Monday, August 14, 2023

    Virtual Education Event

    Details forthcoming!

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2023

    CKPL Rainbow Storytime

    630pm at Central Branch in Chatham.  Includes tour of Rainbow Collection.

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2023

    CKPL Online Trivia Night

    6pm-12am

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2023

    Bill's Place Drop-In

    330-630pm (48 Centre St., Chatham)

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2023

    Pride Movie Night

    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994).  7pm @ Capitol Theatre (238 King St. W., Chatham). $5 tickets at box office.  Door prizes! (including Capitol Theatre 2023 Movie Passes; Pride Gear Pack)

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2023

    LINCK BBQ & Bake Sale

    1130am-130pm at LINCK (495 Grand Ave West, Chatham)

    BBQ donations for CK Pride; Bake Sale for LINCK Youth Group

  • Thursday, August 17, 2023

    Pub Night

    7-11pm @ Sons of Kent

  • Friday, August 18, 2023

    Community bonfire

    9pm-12am @ 21118 Base Rd. (between Blenheim & Ridgetown)

  • Friday, August 18, 2023

    CKPL Pride Virtual Puzzle

  • Saturday, August 19, 2023

    Pride Dance

    Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 to help cover food/venue costs.

    Details on how to get your tickets coming soon.

    19+ licensed event.

    9pm-1am @ Moose Lodge (850 Richmond St., Chatham)

PRIDE FEST

Saturday, August 12

PARADE

11-11:45AM

lead by Sista Patricia & the Drag Storytime Guardians

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Starts at Municipality of Chatham-Kent Civic Centre follows King Street

FAMILY FEST

12-3PM

27 Adelaide Street South, Chatham

Foam Machine 

Yard Games, Water Fun, Face Painting

Drag Performances ft. Disco Jesus

DJ Vintage

Vendors & Displays

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Charity BBQ 

in support of Free 2B Me 2SLGBTQIA+ Youth Group

PRIDE RAFFLE

Available at the 

CK Pride Booth

more details coming soon!

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2023 Pride Sponsors

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Parade Participation

Pride Parades bring the 2SLGBTQIA+ community & allies together to raise awareness, build community & celebrate diversity.   

 

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Individuals are welcome to join the parade for free.
The cost to enter a float or group is $25. 

Applications: info@ckpride.com

Vendors & Displays

We are currently no longer accepting applications for vendor/display spots.  To add your business or organization to the standby list, contact us info@ckpride.com.

 

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Our vendors are an important part of Pride Fest providing information, services & wares to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, families & our allies.

10’x10′ space $40
With power $60


Become a Sponsor

Each tier includes lower-tier benefits.  
All sponsors receive a free vendor or display space & spot in our parade.
Applications: info@ckpride.com
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Champion: $1500+
Highlighted as a Major Pride Fest Sponsor.

Advocate: $500-$1499
Full individual sponsor banner display.

Supporter: $250-$499
Social media coverage.

Ally: $50-$249
Logo displayed on collective sponsors banner.

Past Prides

What is Pride?

Pride is both a protest & a party. 
Pride is honouring our roots, celebrating our wins, & imagining queer possibilities.  
Pride is taking a breath to live in the moment – joyous, unapologetic, & taking up space in a world that says we should not exist.

Why do we celebrate Pride?

1. People are still attacked or discriminated against because of their real or perceived sexual & gender identity.
2. Prides are an opportunity to challenge homophobic & transphobic legislation & practices.
3. Rights can never be taken for granted.
4. Prides contribute to changing hearts & minds.
5. Prides are empowering.
 

Why Pride in August?

Pride Month in June marks the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.  The first Canadian gay rights protest was in August 1971 on Parliament Hill.  By 1973, Pride Weeks started in various cities during August.  Chatham-Kent holds its Pride Fest following this Canadian tradition.