Pride PEI will host celebrations for the 26th Anniversary Pride Festival on PEI from July 26 to August 2. This year’s theme: Pride is Buffering….
The festival will look different this year. Pride PEI remains committed to producing a 2020 Festival, ensuring that all Islanders will be able to participate and core values of equity, transparency, engagement, diversity and advocacy are upheld.
Pride PEI will host virtual, broadcast, and in-person (when and if possible) events. This will offer an exciting new experience for the traditional Pride Parade to be held August 1.
Pride PEI will launch their new festival and organization website pridepei.ca and social media platforms on June 29. Schedule will be released on June 30. Revisions will be made as the health situation progresses.
The Pride is Buffering… theme was chosen to represent both the nature of online events in the wake of the pandemic and the often poor quality of internet across PEI. Outside of the Greater Charlottetown Area it can be challenging to connect with the community and access support. During the early phases of social distancing on PEI, some community members felt a heightened sense of isolation due to unreliable internet connections.
Director of Marketing for Pride PEI Kate Normand explains the choice of theme, “2020 is always buffering. We’ve been live-streaming press conferences from our couches (love you, Dr. Morrison!). We’re all patiently waiting for this new normal to load. Multitasking makes our productivity slow to a crawl. Most days feel like infinite loops.
Organizers say it has been challenging to pivot to a virtual festival that is an accessible, engaging, innovative, inclusive celebration of PEI’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
Become a member of Pride PEI to show support and receive details directly by signing for membership at bit.ly/ppei-member. Volunteers looking to help Pride’s team can sign up at bit.ly/ppei-volunteer.