The annual Capital Pride Festival, Ottawa’s diverse, welcoming and inclusive 2SLGBTQ+ festival kicked 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, on Monday, August 19 the City proudly raised the rainbow flag at facilities across the city. At City Hall, the Ottawa Police Service in partnership with Emergency and Protective Services hosted a free barbecue followed by the ceremony.