By Visa De’Klein
Rainbow Christmas, otherwise known as Calgary Pride is upon us! A celebration with more than 30 years of history crammed into one week.
Navigating your way through can be overwhelming, but not when you have me, Visa De’Klein, one of Calgary’s finest queer connoisseurs to help guide you through the feather boa filled streets.
Ignore what you’ve read about me in bathroom stalls. I’ve been doing drag for more than seven years now so I know a thing or two about a good time. Since I started performing, the Calgary drag community has grown exponentially and doesn’t show any sign of stopping. There’s such a variety of performers and shows to choose from so you’re in luck.
Here’s my top-five must-attend events for Pride YYC in 2019.
August 30 at Marquee Beer Market
These events tend to be more lady-centric for all the good girls with bad habits! Celebrate the rights, freedoms and successes of the LGBTQ+ community with DJ Mary Mac, Madonna’s DJ from her Rebel Heart Tour, and host Whitney Mixter (The Real L Word).
August 31, Doors 8pm at Palace Theatre
No pride would be complete without the smoke and lights show that is Pure Pride. Bringing in RPDR alumni Yvie Oddly, A’keria Chanel Davenport and Nina West plus a handful of local performers — I’m personally excited about Deva Dave — this is your go-hard or go-home party night. Be prepared for crowds and be prepared to be wowed.
Pride In The Park
September 1, 10am to 6pm at Prince’s Island Park
This is my top pick because it’s just like me, super fun, and super free! With a bevvy of drag artists including one of my favourite troupes, Fake Moustache, plus superstar local DJs Molly Fi and Nic Nemesis. With dance crews, live singers including Simone Denny of Love Inc. and tons more, there’s sure to be something you’ll be stoked on. There’s also food trucks and beverages usually parked very close to the stage.
Brooke Lynn Hytes and DJ Lee Dagger
September 1, Doors 8pm at Twisted Element
Twisted Element is my stomping grounds, but any fan of the Emmy-winning show Rupaul’s Drag Race (RPDR) would be pretty excited to see Canada’s own Brooke Lynne Hytes fresh off Season 11. I’ve seen her perform before and it was AMAZING. Come see her do her pointy toed ballet thingy and stick around for DJ Lee Dagger from Bimbo Jones on the ones and twos.
Calgary Pride Parade
September 1, 11am at 6th Ave. SW
A classic in its own right, what started as a couple of people with signs more than 30 years ago, the Calgary Pride Parade has become one of the largest and most attended in Western Canada. Political parties are not invited to partake this year but the diverse show of support from businesses, non-profits and even churches makes this a fun event for first-timers or your greasy little gremlins!Calgary, Pride