The 14th Annual Vancouver Dyke March and Festival is on Saturday, August 5th, 2017.
As usual, we will meet at McSpadden park around 11:30, march on Commercial Drive at 12 noon, and take over Grandview Park for an afternoon of celebration with folks and family. We can’t wait to see you there!
The stage performances will have ASL interpretation.
We would like to acknowledge that this event is held on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples. This includes the territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh-ulh, Stó:lō & Tsleil-Waututh nations.
The Vancouver Dyke March and Festival Society are thrilled to release the announcement of this year’s 2017 Grand Marshal’s – Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV)!
SWUAV is a peer-based organization of current and former sex workers in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. SWUAV believes that sex workers’ rights are human rights, and work toward systemic change, including legal reform, so that all sex workers are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. SWUAV has a strong representation of indigenous women, and recognize the legacy of colonization in the current-day social conditions experienced by indigenous communities in Canada. SWUAV aims to be an inclusive organization and see the roots of the oppression of sex workers as linked inextricably to the oppression of all women, of members of the LGBTQ2SIA+ community, to indigenous people, people of colour and other marginalized communities. As such, SWUAV also believe strongly that the fight for sex workers’ rights is inherently part of the larger struggle for human rights for all.
Please be aware that the March & Festival is held on one of the hottest weekends of the year. Wear your sunscreen, hats & sunglasses, and stay hydrated! Please also note that this is a non-smoking event.
Don’t forget to bring cash so you can enter our awesome raffle and support the Dyke March!