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With such limited time for publicizing the event, it was astonishing that 86 people showed up to the first Pride event. Held in the Kitchener City Hall rotunda, it was the first Pride celebration organized by the pioneering Regional Pride Committee (RPC), affiliated with The Rainbow Community Centre.
The second Regional Pride Celebration, “Triangle Unity ’96″, was attended by 221 people in the Rotunda, featuring local LGBTQ talent and personalities.
A significant step forward over the previous year’s celebration, there were several sponsors, and the newly named Waterloo-Wellington Region Pride was outgrowing the space!
Pride Celebrations moved outdoors – Pride’s “Out-’98″ was held in Kitchener’s Victoria Park by the clock tower and the RPC rebranded itself to ‘tri-Pride” to reflect the three communities involved.
“Rock the Island! Celebrate Diversity” moved Pride onto Roos Island, and was attended by over 500 people.
Once again Waterloo-Wellington Pride “Yours to Discover” was held on Roos Island with great success.
“Imagine: Be A Dreamer” featured a beer garden, BBQ, music, various entertainers and lots of information tables.
“There’s No Place Like Home!” boasted an art show, community dance, workshops and outdoor festival on Roos Island with about 2,000 people; in addition, Pride incorporated to become tri-Pride Community Association Inc., marking a return to the tri-Pride brand.
“Tribes” was headlined by Canadian music icon and legend, Carole Pope, and also hosted a display and closing ceremonies of The Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt.
“Evolution: a brand new universe” recognized new-found gay and lesbian rights with the legalization of gay marriage. New events for Pride Week included a bowling tournament, LESBO Bingo, and an added kids area.
“Decades” celebrated our 10th anniversary With over 3,000 people in attendance and a stellar stage line-up headlined by Ashley MacIsaac! Guelph Pride emerges as its own organization, and so once again tri-Pride changes to a new logo to reflect the new geography.
tri-Pride went dark, and simply didn’t happen this year. Was it a symptom of success for so many years? Had Pride become obsolete?
“Growing Stronger, Together” marked the triumphant return of tri-Pride. Kelly and the Kellygirls, Charlena Russell, S&M, Kate & Moxy, Ote’A Tane and Miss Drew and crew headlined.
Headlined with Levi Kreis, Faith Nolan, and Nancy (Nann) Rancourt, tri-Pride’s “Unity in Diversity” also featured local LGBTQ talent Charlena Russell, Doug (Dookie) Spence, Cathy Drown, Miss Drew and crew, and much more. Roos Island featured live entertainment, BBQ, a huge licensed area, silent auction, vendors tables, community tables, TD Canada Trust Kids Zone and more. A week of events featured the Miss tri-Pride Pageant, 6th Annual Lesbo Bingo, GLOW Columbia Lake Bonfire, afterparties at Club Renaissance and The Robin’s Nest, a film screening, and more.
Another great year at Roos Island with an expanded licensed area, silent auction, community tables, TD Canada Trust Kids Zone and more!
Faced with being rained out, the Roos Island tri-Pride celebrations were re-located to multiple venues in the tri-city community, including Little Bean in Kitchener and Sizzle in Cambridge, with both locations featuring incredible performances. Not allowing it to rain on our parade, tri-Pride also returned on August 27th for the aptly-named “Resurrection” party at the Kitchener Civic Square. The fun-filled day featured DJs, drag, performers, a licensed area, exhibits, pizza and more!
“Pride on King” saw tri-Pride’s triumphant return to its first-ever venue, Civic Square and the Kitchener City Hall rotunda – but having overgrown the space, we had to close King Street down! Kate Reid, Mary 5e, Josh Zuckerman, Chrisie Edkins (UK), Apocalypstic Band (Ottawa), the Tra La Las, Organic Groove, Charlena Russell, the Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington, Eastwood Highschool Cheerleaders, the tri-Pride’s Got Talent winners, and drag kings and queens rounded out the main stage. Mainstay pride festival week events included Bruised Fruit, a night of queer comedy, Lesbo Bingo!, Unplugged, a Family Fun Day, and more!
“One Heart, One Community” brought Gabe Lopez (LA, USA), Drake Jensen (Ottawa), Shawnee She-king (Toronto), The Ecstatic (Ottawa), Sarah Smith Band, God Made Me Funky, Darcy Feaver, tri-City Roller Girls, tri-Pride’s Got Talent Winners, and drag kings and queens to the main stage. 91.5 The Beat was the morning host. An expanded TD Kidz Zone had performers like Captain Cam and an interactive session with the Russell School of Music, the Tumblebus, Treehaus Activities, Bouncy Castles and Drum Fit. A new Skylounge Side Stage was set up on the 10th floor balcony of city hall and featured main stage performers in a more intimate setting as well as performances by KW Poetry Slam, String Theory and more.