Central Alberta Pride Society has released their Pride Week events schedule ahead of a series of exciting events happening around the area. Central Alberta Pride Week, slated for August 7 through 13, 2022, will feature events happening in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds, and Lacombe. 

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be back with a full week of events for the entire community,” said Lenny Gallant, President of Central Alberta Pride Society. “The pandemic has been hard on everyone, especially LGBTQ2S+ serving organizations like ours. Getting folx together, being able to share experiences, and celebrate our diversity after the past two years is heartwarming.” 

Capstone events include Pride in the Park, a family-friendly outdoor festival featuring market vendors, a variety of performances by Curtis LaBelle, Haus of Glitter drag show and more; as well as the closing of Pride Week - the Over the Rainbow Drag Show with RuPaul Drag Race All Star queen Farrah Moan, hosted by the living drag legend and international sensation Lady Bunny held at the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre's Special Event Centre.  

Many often wonder why Central Alberta Pride Week is held in August, and Gallant says it’s about collaboration with other like-minded organizations in Alberta. “Red Deer has held our Pride Week celebrations in August since our inception in 2013. With Calgary Pride holding events in early September, and Edmonton Pride holding events traditionally in June, we’re able to better support one another with a variety of events for LGBTQ2S+ all summer long.”  

Schedule of Events: 

  • August 7 - Pride in the Park presented by TD Ready Commitment at Capstone Canada 150 Square (Red Deer) 

  • August 8 - Two-Spirit Day with a Teepee Raising held at Pimacihowin House in partnership with Wyawâw Awîna Kiskisicik: They Who Remember, a program of Red Deer Native Friendship Society 

  • August 9 - Drag Bingo at the Golden Circle; RainBowling Party at Heritage Lanes 

  • August 10 - Education Day featuring Livestream “The Story of Us (LGBTQ2S+ History, Stonewall and Beyond)” 

  • August 11 - Rainbow Roller Disco event in partnership with the Town of Blackfalds; Movie at the Lake in partnership with the Town of Sylvan Lake 

  • August 12 - Reading with Royalty Drag Story Time featuring Imperial Sovereign Majesty Empress 36/45 Ruby Elizabeth Harte at Red Deer Public Library; Bullskit Comedy Improv Night at The Scott Block Theatre 

  • August 13 - Uptown Parties & Balloons presents Over the Rainbow Drag Show featuring Farrah Moan and hosted by Lady Bunny at the Cambridge Hotel Special Events Centre 

For a full schedule of events with dates and locations, visit centralalbertapride.ca