Celebrate Capital Pride
The annual Capital Pride Festival, Ottawa’s diverse, welcoming and inclusive 2SLGBTQ+ festival kicks off for a 34th consecutive year on Sunday, August 18! Capital Pride is an important part of Ottawa’s community as it connects people with one another, advocates for inclusion and educates the community to make Ottawa a safe and welcoming place to live and work.
This year, the Pride movement marks 50 years since the Stonewall riots and since the Canadian government began to recognize 2SLGBTQ+ rights through legislation. The theme—In the Spotlight—showcases people and groups who have driven the 2SLGBTQ+ movement in the past 50 years with a focus on local community builders.
To inaugurate Pride Week celebrations, you’re invited to join us, your colleagues, supporters and members of the community on Monday, August 19 as we proudly raise the rainbow flag at facilities across the city. At City Hall, the Ottawa Police Service in partnership with Emergency and Protective Services will host a free barbecue following the ceremony. Donations for community organizations will be accepted.
City Hall kick-off event details:
Location: Marion Dewar Plaza, 110 Laurier Ave. West
Time: 11:30 am to 2 pm
Locations and times of City facility flag raising ceremonies:
- 735 Industrial Avenue at 9 am
- 2465 Don Reid Drive at 9 am
- 100 Constellation at 9 am
- 1445 Carling Avenue at 9:35 am
- 1500 St Laurent at 10 am
Capital Pride festivities are taking place from August 18 to 25 and include several new community projects such as picnics, performances, workshops and more aimed at furthering education, advocacy, connection and celebration.
Once again, to close the week-long festival, many City services will participate in the Capital Pride Parade on Sunday, August 25. For more information on Pride events, visit the Capital Pride website.
We encourage you all to join us in celebrating Ottawa Capital Pride and our 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Jim Watson Steve Kanellakos
Mayor City Manager