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A guide to all of your Pride Festival 2020 events! Next week’s events include QueeReads, A Sip with Sparkle, Voices Unheard, Kelowna Pride Drag Superstar Semi-Finals, and more!

Sunday, September 20 – QueeReads – Fragments of a Unicorn’s Soul (Part 1), 7 pm – 7:45 pm, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Author Leigh Jarrett, read by FOD’s very own Colin Barr ~ Kelowna and Online

Content with his life, Elek Keros never questions the ways of the Unicorn. Until one night the sense of something coming awakens him from a deep sleep. He breaks Unicorn law by leaving the enchanted glade his kind lives in to search for what is calling to him. Each night he returns home without answers, but he cannot stop entering the forest day after day to find what he seeks.

The answer lies in a small child Elek rescues. Over the years, he watches over the boy, learns all that he can about the human and steadily falls in love with him. But how can the love he feels possibly breach the divide between their two worlds?

The content of this book is rated R

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Monday, September 21 – A Sip With Sparkle – Pride ReMIX, featuring Sparkle and Ella Lamoureux, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery

As we reluctantly drift into September, we celebrate Kelowna’s Pride Festival from September 20-27, 2020. Our perpetually pickled hostess, Sparkle, will once again be joined by endlessly elegant Ella to guide you through making some refreshing and dangerously delicious cocktails.

Featured on this episode will be the ‘Homopogo’, a gin-based cocktail with a shout out to the legendary Okanagan Lake serpent, and ‘Off the Stonewall’, with a cucumber-infused vodka base and a tribute to where the Pride Movement all began!

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Tuesday, September 22 – Kelowna Pride Pedal Parade 6pm – 7pm, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, presented by TD Bank, and supported by Fido, The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, and Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna and Online

Dust off those bicycles for Kelowna Pride’s First-Ever Pedal Parade. PRE-REGISTRATION Required! We will safely meet in the area of Prospera Place in groups of up to 40 people. Face masks & physical distancing required.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Events Page

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Tuesday, September 22 – Voices Unheard, 7 pm – 7:30 pm, featuring Wilbur Turner, a key part of taking a small Pride March in Kelowna with a few dozen in attendance, to the festival with thousands in attendance in 2019, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Castanet and The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre ~ Kelowna and Online

For the final episode in this season of Voices Unheard, we celebrate Kelowna Pride Week by delving into the city’s LGBT2Q+ history, and learning the story of a gay man who has been instrumental in fostering the Pride movement in this British Columbia community.

Wilbur Turner (he/him) grew up during the 60s and 70s in rural Alberta “in a time when gay wasn’t a word you heard.” His upbringing in a conservative Christian cult made it impossible for him to recognize his sexuality, and was eventually ostracized by his own family and the church when he finally came out after 18 years of marriage to a woman.

His coming out experience led him to volunteer work in the LGBT2Q+ community; after moving to Kelowna in 2011, he became heavily involved with Kelowna Pride. Wilbur was a key part of taking a small Pride March with a few dozen in attendance, to the festival with thousands in attendance in 2019.

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Wednesday, September 23 – Kelowna Pride Water Parade, 6 pm – 7 pm, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, presented by TD Bank, and supported by Fido, The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, and Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna and Online

Dust off those stand-up paddle boards, kayaks or other people-powered watercrafts for Kelowna Pride’s First-Ever? Water Parade hosted by Freida Whales. PRE-REGISTRATION Required!

We will safely meet in the area of The Sails Water fountain, downtown Kelowna. People will be scheduled to allow for adequate spacing between floaties and groups. Masks must be worn while waiting to get on the water.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

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Thursday, September 24 – Kelowna Pride Vehicle Parade, 6 pm – 7 pm, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, presented by TD Bank, and supported by Fido, The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, and Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna and Online

Power-up and get ready for Kelowna Pride’s First Ever Motor Vehicle Parade. Bedazzle and Bejewel your ride and show your PRIDE. PRE-REGISTRATION Required and limited to 50 vehicles per Provincial Guidelines.

Those who have pre-registered will remain in the vehicle and meet in the back parking lot at Prospera Place.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

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Friday, September 25 – Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar – Semi-Finals, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, presented by TD Bank, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge, The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, Fido, and Heritage Law Group ~ Kelowna and Online

The 9th Annual Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar Competition is getting an upgrade this year! With the limited size of crowds able to participate in person we are creating a hybrid of online and in person events. We are also bringing you 3 nights of Superstars and we will have some surprise Celebrity Guests for you!

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Saturday, September 26 – Kelowna Pride Festival 2020, 12pm – 4pm, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, presented by TD Bank, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge, The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, and Fido ~ Kelowna and Online

“Your Future, Your Story…”

Come out and show your support for this year’s theme “Your Future, Your Story…”. Spend an afternoon social distancing with your friends at some of Kelowna’s most premiere locations while enjoying live music safely and with a view!

Being hosted across two different secret sites. Only those registered & confirmed to attend will be provided with the appropriate location details. Both locations will have a no-charge area. People will pre-register and we will select up to 50 people to attend in person. The online live stream will be free to watch. Each site will have its own unique line up of live music.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

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Saturday, September 26 – Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar – Finale, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, presented by TD Bank, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge, The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, Fido, and Heritage Law Group ~ Kelowna and Online

The 9th Annual Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar Competition is getting an upgrade this year! With the limited size of crowds able to participate in person we are creating a hybrid of online and in person events. We are also bringing you 3 nights of Superstars and we will have some surprise Celebrity Guests for you!

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Sunday, September 27 – QueeReads – Fragments of a Unicorn’s Soul (Part 1), 7 pm – 7:45 pm, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Author Leigh Jarrett, read by FOD’s very own Colin Barr ~ Kelowna and Online

Content with his life, Elek Keros never questions the ways of the Unicorn. Until one night the sense of something coming awakens him from a deep sleep. He breaks Unicorn law by leaving the enchanted glade his kind lives in to search for what is calling to him. Each night he returns home without answers, but he cannot stop entering the forest day after day to find what he seeks.

The answer lies in a small child Elek rescues. Over the years, he watches over the boy, learns all that he can about the human and steadily falls in love with him. But how can the love he feels possibly breach the divide between their two worlds?

The content of this book is rated R

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE

Author: Taysha Jarrett

Taysha Jarrett is the Community Engagement Advisor for Rebellious Unicorns and the Copy Editor for Kelowna.LGBT