Cornwall Pride Festival returns with a full weekend of events

July 12, 2018

Cornwall Pride Festival

Cornwall Pride Festival

The Cornwall Pride Festival returns this weekend with two days of activities and entertainment.

The festivities begin on Saturday, July 14th with a Pride Parade in Downtown Cornwall followed by a Pride Festival in Lamoureux Park and a gala on Saturday evening at The Hangover. The celebrations continue on Sunday with a Pride Walk/Run & Yoga in Lamoureux Park.

“Pride Weekend is a celebration of unity and strength among the LGBTQ+ community. In a world that is often hostile to those who are different, it is important for us to be seen and heard,” said Stephanie Nadeau, President of Diversity Cornwall. “Inclusion makes us stronger and there is strength in numbers. The more allies there are, the faster the number of allies increases. By being out and proud we hope to foster visibility and acceptance for LGBTQ+ people within the SD&G area.”

The weekend event will also generate visibility for Cornwall, with some of the performers, vendors, walk/run participants and festivalgoers visiting for the event.

“We expect to have people coming from Ottawa and Montreal, other areas in eastern Ontario and maybe even the U.S.,” said Ms. Nadeau.

The festival is open to all and the details are as follows:

Pride Parade – Saturday, July 14th
Starting location is north side of CCVS
Registration at 10:30 am and parade begins at 11 am
The parade will head down Fifth Street then left on Pitt Street and continue to Lamoureux Park

Pride Festival – Saturday, July 14th
12 pm – 4 pm in Lamoureux Park
Enjoy activities and live entertainment such as an open mic from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, a drag show starring Misty Mac and Lulu Belle from 2:30 pm to 4 pm
There will also be vendor booths featuring local products and services!

Pride Gala – Saturday, July 14th
The Hangover, doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm
Canada’s Capital Kings and the Starlight Divas & Friends are coming to The Hangover Bar!
Stay after the show for a red light green light dance
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. This is a 19+ event.

Pride Run/Walk & Yoga – Sunday, July 15th
Registration starts at 9:30 am in Lamoureux Park, both events start at 10 am
Lace up for the Pride Run/Walk or bring a yoga mat for an outdoor yoga session!
The cost is $20 for adults and children over 12, $10 for children under 12 and free for children 5 and under
The cost includes water bottles and a continental breakfast. Pets are welcome!

For additional information on Diversity Cornwall, please click here or check them out on Facebook.

Additional Events
Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!

Additional Information
Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 936-0842. You can also stop by our Visitor Information Centre inside the Cornwall Community Museum (160 Water Street West) in Lamoureux Park.

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Article by Kevin Lajoie