Jubilee Park in Abbotsford hosted a large Fraser Valley Pride Celebration event last year. This year’s celebration will return to the park on July 20. / File Photo

Fraser Valley Pride Celebration kicks off on July 12

Hosted by Fraser Valley Youth Society which serves people in Mission, Abbotsford and Chilliwack

The seventh annual Fraser Valley Pride Celebration is set to take place July 12-21 with an assortment of events held in Mission and Abbotsford.

The celebration is 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.

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The celebration is committed to supporting the communities, showcasing the talents of several local musicians, artists, and drag performers.

The festivities begin on July 12 at The Stage (32998 First Ave.) in Mission with a pride edition of the popular game Cards Against Humanity. The event start at 7 p.m., and promises to be a night of laughter, prizes, and dancing.

On July 13, celebrate pride at a circus-themed fundraiser dinner, dance, and variety show, also at The Stage. This event includes a silent auction and is packed with powerful performances including singer Stephen Scaccia, dance performances by Tha Realm Dance Studio and the Army of Sass, and the Fraser Valley’s own drag trio The Valley Clique.

Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. with dancing until 1:30 a.m.

The Out of this World Youth Dance, in partnership with YouthCo, provides a sober safe space for LGBTQ2S+ and allied youth (13-25) to dance the night away at the Abbotsford Arts Centre (2329 Crescent Way) on July 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. The celebration includes a youth friendly drag performance by The Valley Clique, games, and dancing. Entry is by donation.

The Fraser Valley Pride Celebration Festival & Walk on July 20, from 3 to 8 p.m., offers free family friendly activities. Held in the newly upgraded Jubilee Park (2552 McCallum Rd.) near historic downtown Abbotsford, attendants can enjoy specular performances from Disco Funeral, Chersea, Ria Jade, and several drag performances.

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

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

More information, including a full list of events, can be found at www.fvpride.ca or visit the Facebook site at www.facebook.com/FraserValleyPride.

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