Muskoka Pride Week kicks off next week with a full slate of events

After two years of restrictions, organizers are ‘beyond delighted to once again host the annual festival and parade in Bracebridge town centre’

PRESS RELEASE
MUSKOKA PRIDE COMMUNITY
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Muskoka Pride has announced that Muskoka Pride Week 2022 will take place July 14-24. The annual week of activities celebrates Muskoka’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community.

This year’s Pride celebration is a throwback to pre-pandemic events, including the first festival and parade since 2019, says Merv Taylor-Morin, president of Muskoka Pride.

“Over the past two years, we have continued to celebrate Pride Week on a more restricted basis, in line with the COVID restrictions in place at the time. We are beyond excited to host the annual festival and parade in downtown Bracebridge again this year,” said Taylor-Morin.

Muskoka Pride Board Member Shawn Forth explains, “It’s so important for members of the LGBTQ+ community to see themselves represented in the greater community. When you identify as LGBTQ+ and grow up in a small community, you can feel isolated and like you’re the only one. It is important that there is LGBTQ+ visibility in our communities. »

Forth explains that last month, Muskoka Pride donated rainbow benches to all municipalities in Muskoka to help ensure a year-round visible symbol of commitment to diverse and inclusive communities. Funding was provided through the Muskoka District Community Improvement Grant.

IN-PERSON EVENTS

Muskoka Pride Week will feature in-person events throughout Muskoka for 11 days.

Pride week begins with theatrical production twelfth night by Timberbeast Productions on Thursday, July 14 at Gravenhurst Wharf Lookout.

The party starts on Friday July 15 with Disco Muskoka. In partnership with the Huntsville Theater Company, Muskoka Pride hosts a disco party at Canvas Brewery in Huntsville. Tickets are available on the HTC website.

Pride services will be held July 17 at Trinity United Church in Gravenhurst and July 24 at Bracebridge United Church.

On Thursday, July 21, Bracebridge Hall will host MQFF After Dark, a 19+ film screening that features films from this year’s Muskoka Queer Film Festival that were unable to air due to content. Tickets are available on the Muskoka Pride website or pay at the door.

FLAG RAISE

All municipalities in Muskoka will raise the Progress Pride flag on Monday, July 19. Members of the public are encouraged to join us for ceremonies at their local municipality office to celebrate the annual flag raising.

DRAG SHOWS

Muskoka Drag Royalty is hosting four events this year, including Drag Trivia at Bracebridge Barrelhouse on July 18, a 19+ show at Sawdust City Brewery on July 22, and two all-ages shows on July 20 and 24.

FAMILY EVENTS

Muskoka Pride has taken great care to ensure that many events are for the whole family. Many families participate to show their alliance with the community, to support their LGBTQ+ family members, and as an opportunity for their families to experience their first Pride Festival.

The annual Six Mile Lake Boat Parade will be held Saturday, July 16 at 6 Mile Lake in Georgian Bay Township, beginning at 1 p.m.

The annual Rainbow Road Tour on Sunday July 17, which was first introduced during the pandemic, will once again take place. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to tour Lake Muskoka. This year’s route will incorporate some of the newly installed Rainbow Benches and culminate in a BBQ and musical performance at the Muskoka Brewery.

Tuesday, July 19 is Pride Night at Muskoka Drive-In. Featuring three Muskoka Queer Film Festival (MQFF) shorts and the feature film Dawn, Her Dad, and the Tractor, tickets are available through the Muskoka Pride website or pay cash at the door.

On Thursday, July 21, the 10th Annual Muskoka Pride Mini Golf Tournament will take place at Northern Escapades Mini Putt. Families and individuals can play golf at a special rate between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and try their luck at the trophy.

Two Drag Shows are planned, which cater to all ages: on Wednesday July 20, a Driveway Drag Show is planned at a private residence in Bracebridge, and the Memorial Park Drag Show is planned as part of the annual Pride festival on Sunday July. 24. Both shows feature many local Muskoka Drag Royalty artists.

The Muskoka Bay Resort is hosting a Pride Pool Party on Saturday, July 23 from noon to 6 p.m. It will feature live music, games, prizes and food. Free entry. Please contact the resort to add your name to the guest list.

PARTY AND PARADE

For the first time since 2019, Muskoka Pride will host the annual Pride Festival at Memorial Park on Sunday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with vendors, live music and family-friendly activities. The group Dirty Little Swing Thing will perform under the bandshell, and local singer Briar Summers will perform on a second stage. Muskoka Drag Royalty will host a drag show starting at 2:30 p.m.

The annual Pride Parade will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Manitoba Street. This year the parade will start at Memorial Park and pass through Bracebridge town centre.

Everyone, no matter how you identify yourself, is welcome to attend Muskoka Pride events.

Muskoka Pride receives funding from the Government of Canada through the Local Festivals – Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage grant.

We would like to thank our Silver Sponsors: City of Bracebridge, YWCA Muskoka, TD Ready Commitment, Muskoka Bay Resort and Deerhurst Resort. We would also like to thank our bronze sponsors: McMaster’s Muskoka, Lakeland Networks and our media sponsor: Star Metroland Media.

To see a full schedule of events, visit this website or click “Events” on the Muskoka Pride Facebook page.

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