The Fraser Valley Pride Celebration Festival and Walk takes place this Saturday at Jubilee Park. Abbotsford News file photo

Fraser Valley pride celebration includes dance and festival

Events held in Abbotsford on July 19 and 20

The seventh annual Fraser Valley Pride Celebration takes place in Abbotsford with two events this weekend.

The first event is the Out of this World Youth Dance on Friday, July 19 from 7 to 11 pm.. at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way.

The event provides a sober safe space for LGBTQ2S+ and allied youth (13-25) to dance the night away.

The celebration includes a youth-friendly drag performance by The Valley Clique, games, and dancing. Entry is by donation.

The second event is the Fraser Valley Pride Celebration Festival and Walk on Saturday, July 20 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Jubilee Park.

Free family-friendly activities include performances from Disco Funeral, Chersea, Ria Jade, and several drag performances.

The festival also includes Simultaneity – a pop-up exhibit and art market – as well as Drag Queen Story Time, vendor booths, food trucks, a beverage garden and more.

The festivities are hosted by the Fraser Valley Youth Society (FVYS), which provides drop-in programs, workshops, and community connections for LGBTQ2S+ and allied youth in Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack.

The celebration is the largest fundraiser for FVYS, with proceeds supporting the not-for-profit organization.

Businesses and organizations in Abbotsford and Mission are invited to show their pride by decorating for the Live Out Loud window display contest.

Visit fvpride.ca or Facebook.com/FraserValleyPride for more information.

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