The sixth annual Fraser Valley Pride celebration takes place at Jubilee Park on Saturday. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Fraser Valley Pride celebration in Jubilee Park

Community event followed by evening fundraiser in Abbotsford

The sixth annual Fraser Valley Pride takes place Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 in Abbotsford.

The event is being hosted by the Fraser Valley Youth Society (FVYS), the longest running LGBTQ2S+ and allied youth drop-in in B.C.

“On our sixth anniversary, we want to put on an event that will scream fun and fabulous for the Fraser Valley LGBTQ2S+ community.” said Pierre Richez, executive director of the not-for-profit group.

For the first time, a youth dance is being held on Friday evening, starting at 7 p.m. at the Abbotsford Arts Centre (2329 Crescent Way).

Free daytime celebrations on Saturday run from noon to 4 p.m. at Jubilee Park and include music, art installations, entertainment, food, vendors, and other activities.

A pride walk leaves Jubilee Park at 1 p.m. and makes its way through the streets of Historic Downtown Abbotsford.

A window display competition for all the downtown businesses will give the neighbourhood a burst of rainbow colours.

This year, the band Queer as Funk will rock Jubilee Park throughout the afternoon with a high-energy set, and local drag queens will entertain.

An evening fundraiser begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Abbotsford Arts Centre (2329 Crescent Way).

A dinner and variety show is planned with performances that include Stephen Scaccia, the Valley Clique, drag performer Robin Loveless, comedian Julia Stretch, and dance crew Lumanesque.

The evening finishes off with groovy beats by DJ Krista to get everyone out on the dance floor.

“More and more groups and businesses have stepped up to collaborate with us and support the cause. It’s going to be a very special celebration,” Richez said.

More information on how to get involved or buy tickets for the evening fundraiser can be found at “Fraser Valley Pride Celebration” on Facebook or by emailing fvpride@gmail.com.

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