Pride Parade and Festival on Sunday

The 2019 Victoria Pride Parade takes place on Sunday, July 7. The family-friendly Parade is 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and begins at Pandora Avenue and Government Street and ends at MacDonald Park.

Enhancements to this year’s Pride Parade route and road closures will have an impact of traffic in Victoria on Sunday morning.

Those who wish to join the celebrations should arrive well in advance of the 11 a.m. Parade start time. Others travelling Sunday morning should consider a route that is outside of the downtown area. Travel into downtown from the west is likely best via the Tillicum Road bridge.

Parade Route

The Pride Parade will begin at Government Street and Pandora Avenue, with staging for the parade extending north to Government and Princess streets.

Participants will proceed southbound on Government to Belleville Street where they will turn westbound. At Oswego Street, the Parade will turn southbound until a westbound turn at Simcoe Street. The Parade comes to a close at MacDonald Park in James Bay.

 

Road Closures

On Sunday, July 7 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (approx.), no traffic will be permitted south on Wharf Street from the Johnson Street Bridge – except localized traffic destined for businesses along Wharf Street.

To accommodate Parade marshalling, Government Street between Princess Street and Pandora Avenue will be closed at 7 a.m., with full road closures starting just before 11 a.m.

Note: The detour route to Chatham Street - Police will be allowing traffic to cross the route at Chatham Street intermittently.

With the Bay Street Bridge only open to westbound traffic, there are several detours to also be aware of:

  • Traffic coming over the Johnson Street Bridge will be directed north onto Store Street and then eastbound onto Chatham Street. This means that traffic will be halted by the Pride Parade marshalling area until the last participants have departed, at approximately 1:30 p.m.

  • Traffic destined for Vic West and/or Esquimalt will be directed north to the Bay Street Bridge.

Victoria Pride Festival 

Victoria Pride Week is June 30 – July 7 and features a range of events.

The 25th Annual Victoria Pride Festival takes place on Sunday, July 7 from noon – 6 p.m. at MacDonald Park (212 Niagara Street) in James Bay.

Learn more about what’s planned for this weekend for Victoria Pride Week.