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AUGUST 8-13, 2023

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About the Festival

Since its humble beginning as a small march of about 100 people in Windsor back in 1992, the Pride Festival has become one of our community’s most anticipated cultural attractions. Now 31 years later, Windsor-Essex Pride Fest continues to promote equality and diversity through a range of entertainment, cultural, artistic, and educational events created for all to enjoy.

The festival is produced by the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest, a non-profit run by a volunteer Board of Directors. The event brings together members of the Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (2SLGBTQIA+) community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of our community by producing quality, inclusive and safe events and initiatives to celebrate. Windsor-Essex Pride Fest strengthens the sense of community and contributes to the vibrancy, health, and overall well-being of persons in the 2SLGBTQIA+ of Windsor-Essex.

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest aims to promote equality and diversity through all of its events. We use theatre, music, art, entertainment, and educational elements to raise awareness of discrimination and the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of 2SLGBTQIA+ people around the world. Our festival is an explosion of Pride in the heart of Windsor at Lanspeary Park on Ottawa Street, attracting more than 7,500 people in a celebration of diversity. Through this we aim to promote a sentiment in favour of equality, uniting people in a celebrative atmosphere where all are welcome, and fostering a sense of community within the Windsor-Essex 2SLGBTQIA+ population.


The Parade

The annual Pride Parade begins at Ottawa Street & Monmouth Road and proceeds down Ottawa Street to Lanspeary Park. Since 1992, the Parade and Festival have traditionally been attended by the LGBT community and their allies from Southwestern Ontario and Michigan. This year’s festival focuses on bringing all different segments and groups together to celebrate the accomplishments we have made in the Windsor-Essex region and Canada as a whole.

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Be in the Parade

Pride Vendors

The Windsor-Essex Pride Fest is one of the largest Pride festivals in Southwestern Ontario; which also draws many attendees from throughout the region and our neighbours in nearby communities and out-of-town visitors from Michigan and Ohio. More than 35 vendors and community information tables make up our Vendor Marketplace every year.

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Become a Vendor


Our volunteers make our festival happen. All the planning before the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest becomes reality with the help of hundreds of weekend volunteers that commit their time. Find out how you can add your skills, personality and pride towards this year’s Windsor-Essex Pride Fest. Be part of the the difference...volunteer with us!

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Volunteer Application

Entertainment / Presenters

Performers and presenters are essential to have at all Windsor-Essex Pride Fest events because they captivate, entertain and educate our attendees using only their pure artistic talent. Regardless of how elaborate or simple a performance or presentation may be, performers and presenters always make events and activities worthwhile to attend, and are crucial for their overall success. Whether you’re a DJ, band, solo artist, drag queen/king, dancer, workshop presenter, comedian, community group or theatrical troupe, we want to hear from you!

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Entertainer Application

Event Lineup

For full information on Festival events, click the event name or visit our full calendar.

Run for Rocky
Saturday, August 12, 2023 10:00 am
Dieppe Gardens
Price: $25.00
Pride Fest Parade
Sunday, August 13, 2023 11:00 am
Ottawa Street
Price: $0.00
Pride Day
Sunday, August 13, 2023 11:00 am
Lanspeary Park
Price: $0.00



Get In Touch

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Windsor Essex Pride Fest

Phone: (226) 348-3378
General Inquiries: [email protected]

2109 Ottawa Street, Unit 216
Windsor, Ontario, N8Y 1R8

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Whether you have a question about our organization, one of our events, wanting to sponsor or donate, or just want to get involved, please get in touch by email or by using the contact form. One of our Windsor-Essex Pride Fest team members will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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