Edmonton Pride Festival Society has announced that the 2019 Edmonton Pride Festival scheduled to be held in June will be cancelled.
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that the Board of Directors has voted to cancel the 2019 Edmonton Pride Festival. In light of the current political and social environment, it has been determined that any attempt to host a Festival will not be successful. Please keep in mind that we are a not-for-profit organization run almost solely by volunteers.
We will be releasing further information via select media sources over the next week that will hopefully provide answers to the many questions you undoubtedly have. Release
Earlier tweets mention some issues….
Thank you to everyone who attended our planned meeting of the membership this evening. Due to safety concerns, the meeting was moved to another location. As this was not communicated to all members, the meeting was not considered official, and therefore no motions were made.
— Edmonton Pride (@YEGPride) April 5, 2019
Edmonton Journal reports that the decision to cancel the festival was made after they couldn’t meet the demands of LGBTQ groups within the community advocating for marginalized members and people of colour.
According to two members of the Edmonton Pride Festival Society, the decision to cancel the festival was made after they couldn’t meet the demands of LGBTQ groups within the community advocating for marginalized members and people of colour. #yegpride https://t.co/WzlempzWBx
— Edmonton Journal (@edmontonjournal) April 11, 2019
2019 festival was scheduled from June 7 to 16, 2019 with the theme of Building Bridges from Stonewalls to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Stonewall Riots in New York City.
Edmonton Pride Run which is usually held with the festival will go ahead as planned on June 15, 2019 as it is independent of the festival.
We are sad to hear that @YEGPride has cancelled this year’s Pride Festival.@yegpriderun is independent of the festival and our event will be going ahead as planned on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Registration will open soon.#yegpride #yegpriderunhttps://t.co/vz4WPWUWM4
— Edmonton Pride Run (@yegpriderun) April 11, 2019