This week is Pride Week!

It is time for Vancouver’s Annual Pride Parade! Ever since Craig Rodwell proposed to hold a gay pride parade in New York on November 2, 1969 it has grown into a world wide event attracting thousands of people every year. Even though Toronto has emerged as a leader on progressive gay and lesbian policy in North America, Vancouver knows how to have a great Parade! Last year the Parade spanned out over 20 blocks and attracted an audience of over 600,000 people!

Each year, the Vancouver Pride Society selects a theme for the Vancouver Pride celebration. The theme selected for 2009, “Educate, Liberate, Celebrate,” so accurately gets to the heart of the Pride celebration’s purpose that it will carry through as the theme for 2010 and 2011, as well. Each year, one of the three elements will be highlighted. This year the focus is on Liberate and what it means to be free.

Leading up to the Pride parade on Sunday August 1 there are several Pre-Pride activities to do around town. Some of the pride activities are:

Thu July 29, 2010 Pride Movie NightVancity Theatre

Fri July 30, 2010 Pride Weekend Launch, J Lounge, 1216 Bute St.

Fri July 30, 2010 TELUS Davie Street Pride Party, Davie Street from Burrard to Jervis

Sat July 31, 2010 Terry Wallace Breakfast, Davie and Bute

Sun August 1, 2010 Pride Parade. Starting at 12 pm at Robson St, to Denman St, to Beach Ave.

For more information about the activities during the week, click here

Go out and enjoy one of the many activities being held during Pride Week! Looking for some people to go with? Leave a message on our Facebook site and meet up with other INTERNeX Candidates!

–          Manouk

Vancouver Celebration of Light International Fireworks Competition!!!

Summer is truly underway when that seminal seasonal event—the annual Vancouver Celebration of Light International Fireworks Competition is just around the corner: It starts July 21, 2010.

Photo © Celebration of Light

The Celebration of Light Fireworks Competition is more than just four nights of amazing pyrotechnics; it’s become one of the most prestigious fireworks competitions in the world and the summer event in the Lower Mainland. On consecutive Wednesdays and Saturdays, July 21 – 31, the night sky over English Bay will light up with phenomenal firework displays from this year’s competitors—the United States, Spain, and Mexico, with a tribute to China—and hundreds of thousands of people will stop whatever they’re doing to watch the show.

The best vantage points for watching the Celebration of Light Fireworks are the beaches facing English Bay: English Bay Beach, Vanier Park and Jericho Beach. These sites are always super crowded, so be sure to go early if you want a spot on the beach, and do not drive (especially to English Bay Beach: the entire West End will be closed to non-local traffic).

But you don’t have to fight crowds to get a good viewpoint. While English Bay Beach offers a great experience (the beach fills up with spectators and food vendors and party fiends!) the Burrard Street Bridge is just as nice as a viewpoint.

Wherever you watch them, don’t miss this spectacle!

Vancouver’s Celebration of Light 2010 Fireworks Competition happens July 21, 24, 28 and 31!

The Heineken House

So today is the start of the Heineken House which is located near the O Zone in Richmond. The highlight of this site being the main hall, which has the capacity to host thousands of people every single night. There are nightly performances by renowned Dutch artists and DJ’s during the night, and activities such as FREE dutch bike rentals (up to 400 bikes are available), shopping, etc to keep you occupied during the day. Entrance is FREE of charge but remember to bring your ID with you because they will be asking for it in order to enter. For more information and listings of events visit this website

Today is the start of the Heineken House so if get down there today. It opens at 4pm so i advise checking out this spot, especially all you Dutchies!