Sunday, August 3, 2008

Vancouver Pride 2008: Sunday's post-parade festivities

Vancouver Pride 2008 comes to a close today, but not without a bang. The parade is less than an hour away from starting, and I can see throngs of people headed up to Davie Street and the West End from my hotel window.

Immediately following the parade is the Pride Festival at Sunset Beach. The event is free of charge with local entertainers performing on different stages. Of course, the gay bars will be busy - so expect to see huge lines of partiers headed back up to Davie Street after the parade (or even before it finishes).

The Cruisy T Go-Go Cruise sets sail at Harbour Cruises at 4pm, cost is $55. I believe my friends and I are going on this particular cruise - come join us, should be a blast!

Women have the traditional Hershe Bar bash at Fabric (66 Water Street), though it won't start until 9pm with a $20 admission. And of course, the Global Pride dance party at Telus World of Science is the big daddy of them all, with a scheduled set by DJ Abel and an appearance by porn star Zeb Atlas. That party will start at 9pm and hop until 3am tomorrow morning.

I have a fantastic restaurant to have breakfast at tomorrow morning before you head back to Seattle or elsewhere. It's called Beyond (at Century Plaza). And, it's really affordable ($8 for French toast with fresh raspberries and blueberries. I'll blog about that later today or this evening. Beyond is located on Burrard Street, across from the Sheraton Wall Centre. You'll need a good breakfast tomorrow to soak up today's cocktails and all day festivities, for sure.

Now, it's time to corral my friends to our hotel lobby and begin our walk to the Vancouver Pride 2008 parade. Can't wait!

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