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Saint John Pride 2024

Saint John Pride 2024

Unapologetically Proud.

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August 9 - 18, 2024

August 9 - 18, 2024

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Saint John Pride 2024 ​Events Calendar

Saint John Pride 2024 ​Events Calendar

Aug 7

Aug 7

Starts - 7:30pm

F*cking Trans Women is a ground breaking one-woman show that challenges societal taboos and explores the intersection of desire,sexuality, and identity. .

Aug 8

Aug 8

Starts - 7:30pm

F*cking Trans Women is a ground breaking one-woman show that challenges societal taboos and explores the intersection of desire,sexuality, and identity. .

More Events Coming Soon...

Aug 9

Aug 9

12:15pm - 1:00pm

Join us at City Hall as we hoist the Pride flag to kick off Saint John Pride 2024. All ages ​event.

Long-time pride supporter Java Moose is back in action with a Coffee Social & Cake Cutting ​that will follow our flag raising. We'll be turning on some sweet tunes, serving you up a hot ​cup of coffee/tea or hot chocolate and then handing out slices of our delectable pride cake.

Al​l ages event.

F*king Trans Women at BMO Theatre


Starts - 7:30pm

F*cking Trans Women is a ground breaking one-woman show that challenges societal ​taboos and explores the intersection of desire,sexuality, and identity.

Banner of the first pride parade in Saint John - Saint John Pride 2003 - Photo: Bruce Shapka

Aug 10

Aug 10

Pride Yoga with Jackie in Queen’s Square

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join us as the fabulous Jackie guides us towards meditative bliss with our free Outdoor ​Pride Yoga session. All Ages Event

1:30pm - 3:30pm

QT Fatties is a grassroots collective by and for 2SLGBTQ+ fat folks in New Brunswick .

We will be joined by Aaron who will speak about the organization, it's goals and how you can ​follow/get involved. Then we'll have an all sizes (XS-6X) clothing Swap! All Ages Event

Doors: 7pm - Show: 8pm - 10pm

Fierce and Fabulous Drag Bingo is back at the Trade and Convention Centre. Queen Equi Knox, along with an amazing cast of local entertainers will be dancing the haus down in between games. The Legendary Elle Noir from Halifax, Diamond Crowned Queen and Activist will headline this event with a performance that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Aug 11

Aug 11

Poets, Musicians, Singers and anyone with a song in their heart is invited to Java Moose KV for ​a Queer Coffee House and Open Mic. Java Moose will do what they're best at and serve up ​delicious drinks and we'll do what we're best at by featuring any and all who want to sign up to ​present their beautiful art in front of their queer peers! All Ages Event

Saint John Pride is proud to present the very first Rainbow Family BBQ in Rainbow Park on ​August 11, 2024.We're bringing the whole Rainbow Family together in Rainbow Park for an epic ​party for the whole (chosen) Family.


With our sponsor Drew and Jen's No Frills and the Saint John Y's Service Club, we'll be BBQing ​up some delicious hot dogs and veg dogs (with Gluten Free and Vegan Options) Culligan will be ​bringing us lots of water so you can stay hydrated, you beautiful dehydrated babes!!

But what is the best part of this EPIC celebration? It's TOTALLY 100% Free. Bring your kids, ​your adopted kids and your chosen family and come celebrate Pride Week!

All Ages Event

Sunday is a great day to exercise your body with a swim or even relax your bones in a hot tub.

Saint John Pride has rented out the Canada Games Aquatic Centre for a 2 hour All Ages Swim.

This is a free event, but does have an admission cap. Please register to confirm your ​participation. All Ages Event

Poets, Musicians, Singers and anyone with a song in their heart is invited to Java Moose KV for ​a Queer Coffee House and Open Mic. Java Moose will do what they're best at and serve up ​delicious drinks and we'll do what we're best at by featuring any and all who want to sign up to ​present their beautiful art in front of their queer peers! All Ages Event

Drag Queens & King - Saint John Pride 2003 - Photo: Bruce Shapka

Aug 12

Aug 12

Monday night is a great night to watch movies with friends and chosen family!

Join us at Haven Music Hall for a double helping of classic films. We're keeping it light with ​Mrs.Doubfire (PG) and The Birdcage (R - Language, Drag) We'll have free popcorn on hand, a ​huge projector going and lots of fellowship. This event is Pay what you can! $0.00, $1.00 or ​even a generous $5.00, we don't care as long as you join us!We have 75 seats, so sign up in ​advance is recommended.


Aug 13

Aug 13

Come one and all to get your Gayme on at Heroes Beacon!

Come alone and make friends while learning a new board game or bring a crowd and pull out ​your favourite deck of magic cards.We will bring the snacks and our sponsor Heroes Beacon ​has provided an awesome venue and games for us to use. Gaming is from 7-10pm. Event is ​free.

Irl Washburn - Saint John Pride 2003 - Photo : Bruce Shapka

Aug 14

Aug 14

Are you a documentary lover? Maybe you just want to learn some history about something ​you have never learned about before. Whatever your reason for joining us, head to Haven ​Music Hall for a double dose of documentary deliciousness with Disclosure and Circus of ​Books

Aug 15

Aug 15

8:30pm - 10:30pm

Saint John has SO MUCH talent out there, you could even say it's a Kaleidoscope!

We've gathered together an amazing collection of Artists from all over Saint John and the ​surrounding area and we're going to show them off to you in a revival of one of the ​cornerstone Saint John Pride Events, our very own variety show at the BMO Theatre! We have ​an eclectic collection of entertainment including Comedians, Musicians, Singers and even a ​little burlesque to close out the evening.

Aug 16

Aug 16

THIRD SHIFT 2024: PSYCHE Art Works After Dark

7:00pm - 12:00am​

THIRD SHIFT is a festival of public contemporary artworks presented by Third Space, a not-for-profit ​artist-run centre in Menahqesk/Saint John, New Brunswick, that includes temporary installations, ​performances, screenings, artist talks, workshops, and more!

Uptown Saint John

Leather Community - Saint John Pride 2003 - Photo: Bruce Shapka

Aug 17

Aug 17

THIRD SHIFT 2024: PSYCHE Day Shift: Workshops & Screenings

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THIRD SHIFT is a festival of public contemporary artworks presented by Third Space, a not-for-profit ​artist-run centre in Menahqesk/Saint John, New Brunswick, that includes temporary installations, ​performances, screenings, artist talks, workshops, and more!


Join us for the 21st annual Saint John Pride Parade! We have a new route, for one year only! This year ​we’ll be marching from Smythe St to Water St. and ending at the AREA 506 Container Village for our ​After Party. Make sure you line up early, this is one parade you won’t want to miss!

Come join us after the 21st Annual Saint John Pride Parade for a FREE after party of epic proportions!

Opening at 2:00pm AS the parade starts, take a few minutes to parooze our Craft Vendors or the ​Waterfront Container Village Vendors for all your cool pride finds. Then step outside and cheer as we ​march from Smythe Street to the AREA 506 Village and boy will we bring the party with us! We'll have a ​full afternoon of entertainment from 2:30pm - 5:00pm which is completely free and family friendly.

Saint John Pride 2003 - Photo: Bruce Shapka

Aug 17

Aug 17

THIRD SHIFT 2024: PSYCHE Third Watch: Festival of Audio-Visual Works

7:00pm

THIRD SHIFT is a festival of public contemporary artworks presented by Third Space, a not-for-profit ​artist-run centre in Menahqesk/Saint John, New Brunswick, that includes temporary installations, ​performances, screenings, artist talks, workshops, and more!

BMO Studio Theatre, 112 Princess St

7:00pm -11:00pm

We know that Saint John comes in every shade of the Rainbow, but are you Prismatique?

Come celebrate with us on the biggest night of Saint John Pride at the Area 506 Waterfront ​Container Village. With a stacked cast of drag entertainers and our headliner Lemon of ​Canada's Drag Race will be giving you a heaping helping of Drag. Then for dessert we've got 2 ​HOT DJ's and a cool scoop of your favourite Queer Anthems.Make sure you dress to impress ​and light up the night with a glow in the dark fit that will impress our drag judges. We might ​just give you a prize!


Meet and Greet 5:30 - 6:30pm

Door Open to GA: 6:00pm

Show starts 7:00pm

Dance Starts 9:00pm


Our show features:

2 Hour Drag Show with our Headliner Lemon from Drag Race Canada and UK vs. The World ​and MORE! Hosted by Halifax Legend Rouge Fatale & The father of NB Drag Justin Toodeep ​featuring Queens & Kings from all over New Brunswick. (Optional Meet & Greet with Limited ​Tickets).


Aug 18

Aug 18

Kings Region ​Schedule

Aug 11

2pm - 4pm

Join us as we kick off PRIDE WEEK in Kings County with ​a family activity (for your family and chosen family ​alike). This is a safe gathering for 2SLGBTQIA+ ​Community members, their families, and allies to ​celebrate and bring visibility to Pride Week in Kings ​County.

Location: O'Connell Park near the splash pad

Open to everyone!


Aug 12

7pm-9pm

Calling all: Musicians, Poets, Singers, Movers, Shakers, & ​Enthusiasts!! Join us August 12th at 12 Maple Avenue in the ​Ax Arts and Culture Gallery for Sussex's very first Queer ​Open Mic Night!! All 2SLGBTQIA+ Community Members and ​Allies are encouraged to come out and share your skills ​with us, in a safe and inclusive environment. This venue has ​gender neutral washrooms. This is an all ages event, open ​to the public.

Aug 13

7pm-9pm

As part of our lineup for the Kings Region, Sussex Ale ​Works is teaming up with local Drag Queen Goldie (that's ​right folks, she's coming back!), to host this unforgettable ​night of Trivia Bingo, complete with performances by the ​one and only Goldie!

DON'T DILLY DALLY

Grab your seat EARLY because spaces are limited to 40; ​on the Ale Works Patio! The games will begin at 7:00 pm.

Don't forget to bring a dauber (or random tube of lipstick ​from your purse) so you can fill in your sheets without ​missing a beat!


Pride 101

Whether it’s your first Pride or your thirtieth, whether you’re a 2SLGBTQI person or an ally: The right preparations are essential to make Pride as safe for yourself and others as possible. We’ve collected some tips to help you make the best decisions possible for yourself and your group.

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Stay Hydrated & Bring Snacks

Before any big excursion, providing your body with nutrients and hydration is key! That’s why you should drink plenty of water and eat a meal before hitting a Pride gathering. Pack non-alcoholic liquids and snacks, too. While many events will have water and vendors selling food, you should always bring an emergency stash just in case. If anything, sharing your supply with people who didn’t plan ahead could make you some new queer pals.

Practice Drug Safety & Harm Reduction

If you plan on using recreational drugs, you’ll need to do more to prepare than bringing snacks and water. Crucially, if you’re going to take drugs experts highly recommend testing them before you consume, especially if they come from an unknown source. Unfortunately, overdoses do happen in nightlife spaces, including queer ones. Naloxone is a medicine that can reverse the effects of an active opioid overdose. Carrying it, especially when you go out to Pride nightlife events, can prevent someone from having an overdose.

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Understand Active Shooter Danger and Safety Tips

Violence is something you never want to anticipate, especially in a safe space intended for people to live their truth. Unfortunately, given the nature of anti-trans violence, queerphobia, and the prevalence of active shootings in the U.S., it’s imperative to stay alert and take measures to protect yourself. Before going to an event in an enclosed space, note your surroundings: where are the exits, windows, and fire escape routes? Are there any places to take cover, like hard ceramic countertops and tables or walls to duck behind? In general, experts recommend following a “run, hide, fight” protocol, in that order of priority.

Pride Safety

Plan how you’re going to arrive and leave.

If the event is in an area that is unfamiliar to you, consider visiting beforehand or taking some time to look at a map to get oriented.

Monitor the event organizers’ social media before and during the event.

They may need to communicate cancellations, last-minute changes, or safety updates.

Consider how visible you would like to be as a part of the event.

• People use clothes, makeup, and accessories at Pride for fun, to signal their membership in particular subcultures, to make political statements, and for plenty of other reasons. Dressing up is an important part of Pride.


• It’s your decision how you want to dress for Pride. Some people prefer to wear clothes that don’t express that they’re attendees of a Pride event because it makes them feel safer.


• No matter what you choose, make sure to consider how comfortable you are with being perceived as part of a 2SLGBTQI community event. Remember that it’s likely that people around you will be taking pictures that could be posted online.

Pack light, but pack right.

• Avoid carrying a large bag if possible, as event security guards may search bags as part of the event safety protocols.


• Bring your phone, charger, and battery pack. Consider changing the screensaver on your phone to a message of who to call (emergency contact) if something was to happen or if you were to lose your belongings. Write down phone numbers of friends or family on a piece of paper in case your cell phone dies.


• Bring water and a snack, government issued ID, and a mask.


• Some people like to bring glitter, stickers, or other fun items!

Go with a friend or group. there is strength in numbers.

• It can be difficult to meet up with groups at large events. Consider meeting ahead of time or outside of the event space. If you plan to meet up inside the event space, designate a specific time and location (For example, meet at a café instead of an intersection).


• Designate a meeting spot to go to if someone gets separated from your group.

Familiarize yourself with safety protocols at the event.

In particular, you may want to know:

• What the event organizers’ process is for dealing with incidents of hate


• Whether there will be police or security present


• Where the emergency services, safety zones and exits are located

Pride Safety from Egale Canada’s Pride Safety Toolkit for Attendees

Know Your Rights

You have rights and obligations when interacting with police and with surrounding places of business. These rights are enshrined in law. Knowing your rights can help inform your interactions with other people, but there is never a guarantee that those rights will be respected in practice. Members of over-policed communities, including Black, Indigenous, racialized, and 2SLGBTQI people, often face negative attention by police or other actors without having done anything wrong. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is part of the federal constitution, lays out restrictions on government power, including police power. Your right to assemble and protest peacefully in public is a Charter right. So are the rights to be free from the police unreasonably searching you or seizing your belongings and to be free from arbitrary detention and imprisonment.

In practice, your Charter rights mean that:

✅ You can’t be prevented from attending a peaceful protest like Pride.

✅ If the police approach you to ask you questions, you have the right to refuse to answer, even if you’ve been detained or arrested. You have the right to walk away unless you’re being detained or arrested, in which case you have the right to know why (Black Legal Action Centre).

✅ You must provide your name and date of birth if the police ask you (Steps

to Justice).

✅ The police can only search you if you’ve given permission, if they have a search warrant, or if you’re being arrested. If you’re being detained, they can only pat you down to check for weapons.

✅ You have the right to specify the gender of the officer to conduct the *search.

Protesting is a legal right, but police can still arrest protesters. Sometimes, people who are simply taking part in the protest but not doing anything illegal themselves can still end up facing criminal charges - especially members of over-policed communities. Some common charges at protests are:

⚠ Assault (often in the case of clashes between protesters and counter protesters, or between protesters and police);

⚠ Mischief, including interfering with someone’s use of property;

⚠ Rioting, causing a disturbance, and unlawful assembly (very unlikely at Prides) (Black Legal Action Centre).


In addition:

Human rights legislation in Canada, including the Canadian Human Rights Act as well as provincial and territorial human rights codes, means that businesses near Pride events (like all businesses) can’t refuse to serve Pride attendees.


Sponsorship

We are seeking sponsors for Saint John Pride Festival Week (9 August to 18 August 2024)

which promises to be a spectacular celebration of love, acceptance, and diversity.


Our overall funding goal to make this event a reality is $50,000. Your generous sponsorship

would play a crucial role in making this event an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

Benefits of sponsorship for our Saint John Pride, includes:


  • Impactful Visibility: As a sponsor, your brand will receive prominent visibility depending

on the sponsorship tier you select, helping you reach a diverse audience of community

members, allies, and supporters. This is a remarkable chance to align your brand with a

positive, inclusive message that resonates with our community (More info on

sponsorship tiers can be found in the attached).

  • Community Engagement: By sponsoring this event, you will actively contribute to

fostering unity, understanding, and acceptance within our city.


Presenting

$10,000

  • Featured as Presenting sponsor for all main events
  • A thank you video from the Saint John Pride Board for your social Media
  • Promoted as presenting sponsor on website, socials and printed materials
  • full page advertisement in “Pride Guide”
  • Large Logo featured on banner
  • Speaking opportunity at all main events
  • 12 tickets to all ticketed events
  • waive of donation for parade participation

Event

$5000

  • Featured as Main event Sponsor for specific event, chosen by you
  • Promoted as Event sponsor on website, socials and printed materials
  • Half page advertisement in “Pride Guide”
  • Large Logo featured on banner
  • Speaking opportunity at your sponsored events
  • 6 tickets to all ticketed events
  • waive of donation for parade participation

Gold

$3000

  • Featured Sponsor for specific event, chosen by you.
  • Promoted as Gold sponsor on website, socials and printed materials
  • quarter page advertisement in “Pride Guide”
  • Medium Logo featured on banner
  • 4 tickets to all ticketed events
  • waive of donation for parade participation

Silver

$1000

  • Promoted as Silver sponsor on website, socials and printed materials
  • quarter page advertisement in “Pride Guide”
  • Small Logo featured on banner
  • 2 tickets to all ticketed events
  • waive of donation for parade participation

Rainbow

$250 or Prize

  • Promoted as a Rainbow sponsor on the Pride SJ website
  • Thank you acknowledgement in our “Pride Saint John Guide”
  • Acknowledgement of your business when announcing prize winner or at event(s)
  • Waive of donation for Saint John Pride Parade participation

To Sponsor Saint John Pride e-mail: contact@sjpride.ca

The Board

Alex Saunders (they/them)

President

Eric Savoie

(he/him)

Vice-President

V ivian Myers-Jones (she/her)

Secretary

Matt Mitton (he/him)

Treasurer

Yuhaunna Wright (she/her)

Member at Large

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Pride 2023 Photos by Betsy of Umbrella Haus