What is Barrie Pride? Actually, it’s not a what. It’s a who! It’s all of us! It’s about being proud of who we are and supporting those who need it. It’s about inspiring everyone in Barrie to see how truly remarkable we all are.
Our fifth year as a Pride has been an exceptional time for our community. An incredible amount of hard work has lead to regular events which provide safe and enjoyable spaces for those who need them. From our Naughty Bingo nights, to our Pop-Up events, and to our weekly Social Nights. We are passionately advocating for U=U to help destigmatize individuals living with HIV. We are working hard to bring a Rainbow Crosswalk to life, making our beautiful downtown even more so.
Never before has Barrie Pride been such a remarkable force. Never before has the need for this organization to exist been more apparent. Never before have the many faces of the Barrie Pride community been more important.
I want to personally thank everyone who has worked to bring this year’s three-day festivity to reality. Pride elevates us all! Together we are achieving so much for so many, right here at home.
Our community matters. We all matter.
Because it Matters.
David Bradbury, Founder and Chair
The Barrie Pride Team
All of Barrie Pride's board of directors and team members are volunteers.
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Barrie Pride Timeline
In our recent history we have accomplished a great deal, and we’re not done yet. We are overwhelmingly proud of our large number of firsts. In just four years we have developed into the largest Pride Parade North of Toronto.
September: Barrie Pride forms and officially launches September 1, 2013
November: Transgender Day of Remembrance flag raising at City Hall. Barrie becomes the first City Hall in the province to raise the Transgender flag on TDoR.
February: Raise the Rainbow Flag at City Hall in support of LGBT athletes at the Sochi Olympic Games
April: First anti-bullying Day of Pink in Barrie
First Pride Prom in Barrie
June: Pride Week in Barrie
“Warm up to World Pride”
Seven brand new LGBT events
First Pride Parade in Barrie’s history
October: First open LGBT themed Halloween club night in Barrie
May: Barrie Pride gives back at the “Hike for Hospice” with a team of LGBTs and Allies, raising money for Hospice Simcoe
June: Second annual Pride Week
First LGBT festival in Barrie
August: First series of LGBT themed club nights at a downtown venue in Barrie
First time an LGBT organization enters a booth at Kempenfest
November: First time an LGBT organization enters a float in Barrie’s Santa Claus Parade
June: Third annual Barrie Pride Week
4,000+ festival guests
July: Barrie Pride visits Orlando, FL with banner of support for The Pulse
December: First all-LGBT headliner comedy night in Barrie
June: Fourth annual Barrie Pride Week
2,000+ marchers and 6,000+ festival guests
First Drag Queen Storybook reading in Canada
August: First series of LGBT themed pop-up events in Barrie
September: First weekly LGBT social night in Barrie begins
First Pride themed Delta Bingo event
November: First LGBT themed green social in Barrie
Barrie Pride board members host the Barrie Arts Awards
Barrie Pride witnesses the Government of Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Apology in person
January: Barrie Pride launches the “Because It Matters” campaign.
March: New Delta Bingo LGBT event series
April: Barrie Pride becomes the first pride in North America to adopt and endorse U=U
Barrie Pride becomes first Pride to name U=U as Parade Grand Marshal
June: First 3-day LGBT Festival in Barrie and Simcoe County
Barrie Pride hosts the first Trans March in Barrie
Barrie Pride becomes one of the largest festivals in Barrie with 10,000 attendance