Pride in the city

Kawartha Lakes Pride events expanding in 2024

By Roderick Benns

Kawartha Lakes Pride gets ready for week of fun starting July 5
A variety of Pride events are taking place across Kawartha Lakes this week.

With last year’s Pride activities taking place primarily in Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes Pride organizer Rylee Rae says this year they are looking forward to bringing activities back to Lindsay and other areas of the city, too.

“Pride is excited to be expanding” to more parts of Kawartha Lakes “to better represent our community and to allow for more accessibility to our many activities,” says Rae.

She says partnerships with local businesses and organizations “has really evolved over the past few years and we are so enthusiastic about how we can maintain this momentum to further our outreach and activism.”

“In the coming year we hope to continue with this same spirit and begin offering monthly events outside our beautiful Pride Week all throughout Kawartha Lakes,” Rae adds.

For Lindsay – which used to be home to Pride in the Park at Victoria Park in the downtown area – the town will see a return of activities there in the form of multiple bands from the queer community.

For Terry Guiel, executive director of the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce, he says he believes that “supporting inclusion within the business community is not only good for business but it’s the right thing to do.”

“We wanted to help Kawartha Lakes Pride showcase the amazing artists from the LGBTQ+ community and make sure everyone feels welcome.”

Locally Pride Week runs July 8-14.

Monday July 8: Queer Trivia Night. Lotus Indian Bistro, 69 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday July 9: Drag Queen Story Time. Kindred Coffee Bar, 148 Kent St W., Lindsay. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday July 9: One Size Doesn’t Fit All – Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity in Your Workplace. With an EDI trained expert. Colborne Street Gallery, 36 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls. 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Please email to preregister.
Thursday July 11: Pooch Pride. Adelaide Clinic, 1 Adelaide St N., Lindsay. 5:30 p.m.
Friday July 12: Pride in the Park. Maryboro Lodge Museum, 50 Oak Street, Fenelon Falls. 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pride After Dark. 19+ Drag Show, 8:00 p.m. -1:00 a.m. ($25/ticket)
Saturday July 13: Proud Sounds. Victoria Park, 190 Kent St W., Lindsay. 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Elton John Tribute. The Grove Theatre, 27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls. (PRIDE15 for 15% off) 7:30 p.m.
Sunday July 14: Toke and Stroke. Drag Queen Hosted Smoke and Paint Night presented by East End Electric and High Supply, Fenelon Falls, 14 Oak Street, Fenelon Falls. – 19+ event, $50/ticket.
Sunday July 14: Queer Led Ecological Hike. A 5km (total) tour through the area with fantastic hosts who inspire exploration of self and local nature. All ages and experience welcome. Ken Reid Park, 277 Kenrei Rd, Lindsay. 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

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