Surrey Pride founder and president Martin Rooney poses with the flag that has been used at pride celebrations in the city for 20 years. (File photo: Amy Reid)

In ‘landmark move,’ Surrey Pride party goes online for the event’s 21st anniversary

‘We have the ‘honour’ of being the first large city to put on a virtual Pride Festival’

Surrey Pride will be an online-only celebration this year.

The Pride Party 2020 virtual event will be broadcast on the organization’s Facebook page on Saturday, June 27, starting at 3 p.m.

“The concept is to create the atmosphere of the Pride Festival – entertainers, artwork, fun, live, lip-synch – and put it into a two-hour live stream,” said Martin Rooney, president of Surrey Pride Society.

“Once the live feed is over there will be a permanent link so the festival will be available to view any time and as many times as one wants.”

Videos and photos were sought to create a virtual party worth watching, in what Rooney calls a B.C. first.

“Let’s work together and make this landmark move a huge success,” he posted to the group’s Facebook page. “This is new to us – new to most of the Prides, and we have the ‘honour’ of being the first large city to put on a virtual Pride Festival.”

Details are posted to

Last year’s Surrey Pride attracted close to 3,000 attendees and 100 vendors to the Central City tower plaza, in celebration of the event’s 20th anniversary.

• RELATED STORY, from 2019: Surrey Pride celebrates 20 years with biggest party yet

(Story continues below video)

Rooney encourages advertisers, sponsors, online vendors and community non-profits to get involved in the virtual celebration, and welcomes inquires by email sent to

“Unlike in real time, booths cannot be visited as people just want to wander,” he said. “There is not the physical space to encourage attendees to go to 102nd Ave and visit all the booths – just not practical. So if you wish to have your business, organization or community group represented in a digital format, that is very possible.”

z Meantime, Surrey Civic Theatres is planning an Online Pride Movie Night on Friday, June 26, starting at 8 p.m.

This free online event will feature two movie shorts, Beauty and I Am Skylar, as well as the feature documentary Standing on the Line, all of which are produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

Beauty, written and directed by Christina Willings, is a 2017 film that “explores the lives of five gender-creative kids, each uniquely engaged in shaping their own sense of what it means to be fully human.”

I Am Skylar, written and directed by Rachel Bower, is “an emotionally compelling story of an articulate 14-year-old girl who is thoughtfully defining her future and the woman she is to become.”

Standing on the Line, written and directed by Paul Émile d’Entremont, tackles the stigma of being gay in sports.” Through a series of touching personal stories, this documentary explores the difficulty and impact of coming out in the sporting world in the context of both elite sports and among student athletes.”


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Semi and BMW collide on South Surrey highway

At least one person to hospital, both vehicles sustained significant damage

White Rock dogs-on-promenade survey shows majority approval

City figures suggest that off-season program could continue

UPDATE: Pedestrian dies after being hit by bus in uptown White Rock

Collision occurred July 3 at North Bluff Road and Johnston Road

PHOTOS: South Surrey tractor project evokes ‘$1-million smile,’ helps connect neighbours

Retired Surrey firefighter Ron Henze began project for friend’s dad to fill time during pandemic

Intent of killing at centre of Surrey man’s West Kelowna murder trial

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Allison Beames is anticipated to return with her decision in August

VIDEO: Musqueam Chief captures captivating footage of bald eagle catching meal

‘This is why we have chosen to live here since time immemorial,’ Chief Wayne Sparrow’s nephew says

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

Langley vigil demands justice for Ontario animal activist killed protesting slaughterhouse

More than two dozen people gathered at Britco Pork to remember Regan Russell, and fight Bill 156

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

Most Read

l -->