This weekend, Kingston will be awash in rainbow colours as Pride events take place around the city.
Kingston Pride has announced their full list of events, so read on for all of the things to see and do this weekend, as well as road closures to be prepared for.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14
OUT ON THE QUEEN: Three-hour sold-out cruise through the 1000 Islands, departing from the foot of Brock Street, Kingston at 7:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15
PRIDE OPENING CEREMONIES: 9:35 a.m. — Kingston City Hall, Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, Reading of the City of Kingston’s Pride Month Proclamation, and Pride Flag Raising. Guests of Honour: His Worship Bryan Paterson, Mayor of Kingston, Rear Admiral Luc Cassivi, Pride Parade Grand Marshall, and Ruth Wood, Kingston Pride Inc. President.
PRIDE COMMUNITY FAIR: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. — Confederation Basin Park, 6 Clarence St, Kingston, all-ages free event replete with entertainment and displays by a vast array of community groups and organizations.
PRIDE PARADE: 11:00 a.m. — Princess and Alfred streets, Kingston. The Parade will make its way downtown along Princess Street, arriving at Confederation Basin Park shortly after noon.
PRIDE IS THE FUTURE DRAG SHOW AND DANCE: 9:00 p.m. until late, Renaissance Event Venue, 285 Queen Street, Kingston. 19-years-and-over event, $10 cash admission at the door.
SUNDAY, JUNE 16
BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND & INDIGO RISING: 3:00 p.m., Next Church, 89 Colborne Street, Kingston. All-ages, free concert event presented by The Skeleton Park Arts Festival, Tone Deaf, and Kingston Pride Inc.
Kingston Pride Parade and Community Fair will take place in downtown Kingston. There will be street closures to accommodate these events, which will impact vehicle traffic in the Victoria Park and Confederation Basin Park areas. Closures will be as follows:
- Mack Street from Albert Street to Alfred Street between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
- Ontario Street from Brock Street to Clarence Street between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. In addition, Alfred Street, Princess Street, and Ontario Street will each experience rolling closures between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. as the Pride Parade proceeds from Victoria Park to Confederation Basin Park. The Pride Parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Victoria Park, proceeding along Alfred Street to Princess Street, southeast on Princess Street to Ontario Street, and west on Ontario Street to Confederation Basin Park.
Everyone have a safe and happy weekend in Kingston, and from all of us here at Kingstonist: HAPPY PRIDE!