Capital Pride Festival
Date: August 16-25
In 2001, over 8,000 people gathered along Bank Street to cheer on as the parade
made its way on a longer route from Lansdowne Park to Parliament Hill. 2002's
Pride events blew away all expectations - 55,000 people attended the parade
and the street party. No one expected this. Pride 2002 wasn't just the most
successful Pride Festival here, but it was one of the most successful 1-day
events in Ottawa.
Organizers took a small picnic in the park and brought it to the very streets in which we live our daily lives. Pride Ottawa has been transformed from a secluded, isolated event into one of the most important festivals of the city. In 2005, Pride returned to Festival Plaza and undertook a process to pay down debt and restore long-term financial stability. 2006 marked our 20th anniversary – our Platinum Year. Despite pouring rain, our community came out to celebrate, ensuring financial success.