Vancouver Dyke March — August 3, 2019!

Join us for Vancouver’s 16th Dyke March and Festival!

We will begin in McSpadden Park at 11 AM with some pre-March festivities and a community art project to create the new Vancouver Dyke March banner for the year. Then, the March will leave McSpadden Park at 12 PM (noon) and we will make our way down Commercial Drive to end at Grandview Park for the Festival. The Festival will take place from 1 to 5 PM, and involve performances from various artists, feature queer-friendly vendors, and create a space to gather with friends, family, and the community. We hope to see you there!

The banner from last year’s 2018 Vancouver Dyke March and Festival.

We would like to acknowledge that this event is held on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

We’re happy to announce that WAVAW has been chosen as this year’s Grand Marshals for the Dyke March and Festival. WAVAW’s ongoing advocacy and inclusion of trans, queer and non-binary folks in their services, minds and voices has been nothing short of inspiring; in the face of perpetual and persistent bigotry and hatred, WAVAW stands out as a leader in this community with a strong and clear message that trans, queer and non-binary individuals deserve to live, love, work and play with equal rights and access as anyone else.

Heading into the march, we have some reminders for everyone about having a safe and fabulous time…

  • Remember to bring water & sun protection! It will be a hot day. Should you get overheated or need some water, please see one of our volunteers or visit our first aid tent at Grandview Park.

  • Vancouver Dyke March volunteers will be clearly marked by volunteer lanyards, orange safety vests and volunteer hats. These folks have received training so they can help us create a safer space at the March and Festival. While you might want to step in if something happens, we ask that you please allow our team to address any safety concerns.

  • Like last year, we expect a counter-protestor presence at the March again. We want to be clear that TERFs/SWERFs and other groups who seek to intimidate or spread hate are ABSOLUTELY NOT WELCOME at our event. We have had several open meetings with the community to strategize about how to deal with counter-protestors and we thank everyone who has been involved in these efforts.

  • The Vancouver Dyke March is a NON-VIOLENT protest and we seek to ensure safety for all participants.

  • As in previous years, there will be vehicles in the southbound lane on Commercial Drive during the March. We ask that our participants please be safe and stay in the northbound lane. We requested that the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Police Department close both directions of traffic in the interest of participant safety. Unfortunately, due to our event being a protest, the Vancouver Police Department has decided not to commit the resources required for a full-street closure.

  • We feel it is important to disclose how uniformed police will play a role in our event: there will be transit officers helping to close the northbound side of the street to traffic during the March. We want to be clear that the Vancouver Dyke March does not invite police to march with us and does not have escalation plans that lead to police intervention. We stand in solidarity with our communities who have a history of oppression by police.

  • For those of you volunteering with us, watch for an email with final details. If you don’t receive it, please check your spam folder! Thank you to everyone who signed up to help, we couldn’t do it without you!

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

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