Greater Napanee Pride details 2024 events

Greater Napanee Pride Parade 2023. Photo via Greater Napanee Pride website.

Greater Napanee Pride has announced its lineup and event details for Pride 2024, which is set to be its biggest celebration yet.

Scheduled for Saturday, Jun. 1, 2024, this year’s event promises an array of activities, performances, and community engagements that highlight the diversity and spirit of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, according to a release from the organization.

Taking place in Conservation Park from 12 to 4 p.m., Pride in the Park will feature food, vendors, children’s activities, and a full schedule of musical acts. The Napanee Legion will be hold a fundraising barbeque, so bring some cash. Later, Pride in the Country will take over the Strathcona Paper Centre Banquet Hall with dancing and drag.

Greater Napanee Pride shared the following highlights of the 2024 events:

  • Pride Parade: Join us in a Conservation Park at 10:30 for our parade along the scenic waterfront trail.
  • Pride in the Park: Following the parade, Conservation Park will host an afternoon filled with live music performances, a variety of food vendors, children’s activities and much more.
  • Music Performances: Notable artists such as Teagan McLaren, Kris & Dee, Bon Evans and Stephen Medd will grace the pavilion (Stage A), bringing thrilling live music to the event.
  • Community and Cultural Events: A tent on the west side of the park (Stage B) will feature Queer History Time with Tyffanie Morgan, Dancing with Author Catherine Hernandez, Storytime with Milky the Cow, Gamer Girl Drag Artist Joy Stix, music by Tianna Miller and fun activities hosted by the L&A Library.
  • Pride in the Country: In the evening, we will be heading over to the Strathcona Paper Centre for dancing and drag featuring headliner Suki Doll from season 2 of Canada’s Drag Race, alone with Sonny Rayz, Ethan, Rowena Whey, Oktavia, Shay Dee, Renona, Jezebel Bardot, Fifi Morgan and JD Merciii!

According to organizers, an accessible bus will run every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between the Strathcona Paper Centre and Conservation Park, ensuring that everyone can participate in the day’s activities.

“This year’s event is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors, including Diamond Sponsors Amherst Island Radio and TD, along with a host of others who have come together to support inclusivity and diversity,” Greater Napanee Pride stated.

“Greater Napanee has demonstrated that small-town pride is not only possible but can also flourish, creating a thriving and inclusive community for the 2SLGBTQIA+ population. We have been proving that everyone can enjoy rural life, regardless of their background or identity. As we prepare to celebrate our 3rd annual pride festival, we continue to showcase that small towns like Napanee can lead the way in championing inclusivity and embracing diversity.”

Everyone is invited to participate in these events, showcasing the Town of Greater Napanee’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity and creating a thriving 2SLGBTQIA+ community, organizers emphasized. For more information, visit Greater Napanee Pride website, or reach out to [email protected].

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