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Parade Day

March With Us

Parade Day is an exciting — and busy — day for everyone. We are so excited to have you and your friends march with us. Thank you for choosing to spend your Pride with Rainbow. If this your first Pride for 50th, we've got some tips to keep you safe and help you make the most of it.

  • Pre-Parade | Sunday, June 2 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am:
    Plan to meet at Rainbow Resource Centre (545 Broadway) before the Parade.
    • Come grab a FREE Rainbow Resource Centre tee-shirt. Available in a variety of sizes. First come, first serve. Only while supplies last.
    • Minimal refreshments will be available.
    • Are you part of a community group that meets at Rainbow? Consider having your group meet at the Centre, grab your banner and meet other members/groups of the Rainbow community. Banners that are not collected will be moved to the float at 10:30.
    • Did you paint a sign at one of our recent sign-making events? If you would like to carry it or any of the signs made at these events, please collect them at 9:30 at the Centre.
    • At 10:30 - we walk as one to the Parade Staging Area in front of the Manitoba Legislative Building where we'll join our group.
  • March With Us:
  • Is This Your First Parade?
    • Check the weather before arriving. Historically, the weather has changed from cool to hot during the course of the parade.
    • Dress appropriately for the weather. Good options are layers, hats.
    • Though a fairly short distance, it can take up to an hour from beginning to end.
    • Ultimately Pride is a protest, and those who oppose Pride are allowed to be there. For tips on how to keep yourself safe from protestors, check out the Canadian Anti-Hate Network's Guide for Pride Defenders.
    • If you can, create a buddy system. If you can, tell someone where you are. And, if you arrive together, stay together.
    • Bring water and wear sunscreen. Even if it's cloudy, you can still burn.
    • But most importantly, get ready to have fun, and walk with Pride.
  • Protect Yourself in the Heat:
    Pride Weekend is often very hot and it can be easy to overheat and experience heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Some basic tips to stay safe include staying hydrated, staying in the shade or in air-conditioned spaces, and being aware of symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Here are some good resources on heat and staying safe in hot weather:
  • Dedicated Older Adult Space:
    Pride Winnipeg has created two dedicated spaces for older adults along the Parade route.
    • Indoor: There is an indoor accessibility viewing space in the Canada Life Centre
      • Located on the second floor overlooking Portage Ave. (with access to a bathroom).
      • Due to limited space, FREE tickets are required to use the indoor viewing space and can be reserved here.
    • Outdoor: Pride Winnipeg has added an outdoor accessible viewing area in front of the Canada Life Centre,
      • Located at the corner of Hargrave St and Portage Ave.
      • Volunteers onsite to facilitate and guide those to the less crowded and shady area.
      • Bring your own chairs.
      • You can find a map here.
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Come Say Hello

This year, you can find Rainbow the Community Section at the Forks on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. See map, we are booth #11.