Organisers of Vancouver Pride 2018 have regrettably announced that due to budget constraints, the Davie Street Party, has been officially cancelled.
According to organisers, the beloved party was unable to be held following Vancouver Prides 2017 financial year deficit of nearly a quarter-million dollars after receiving higher than expected bills from the City of Vancouver for services.
“It was a really hard announcement to make,” said Andrea Arnot, who is the executive director of the Vancouver Pride Society.
“We’re disappointed and we know that people who normally attend will be disappointed, but we’re hoping that people will come out and support all the other events that we’re doing.”
Following the announcement of the 2017 deficit, organisers were forced to examine what events were possible to hold in the 2018 festival. Unfortunately, the Davie Street Party is its most expensive event.
“We had to take a really hard look at our budgets and what we have the capacity to do for 2018,” Arnot says. “And unfortunately that was on the chopping block.”
Though Vancouver Pride had been in negotiations with the city, organisers also reached out to bars on Davie Street to see if they could reduce costs for the event, however, no progress was made in the time frame.
Despite 2018’s set back, Arnot says that Vancouver Pride is still talking to the city and is hopeful that the Davie Street Party could return for 2019.
For people who want to do some outdoor dancing, the Pride Premiere event will still take place on Robson Street on the 27th of July 2018.
“We hope that provides an opportunity for people who love that piece of Pride,” Arnot says.
Arnot adds that she hopes that Vancouverites can make it to some of the other events that are taking place, like Pride Sports Day at Second Beach on the 22nd of July 2018.