Winter’s rainbow

Not one but *two* festivals are heating things up in Ottawa this week as Winterlude shares the stage with WinterPride 2020.

Things got underway Tuesday evening with a capacity crowd and a fireside chat at the National Arts Centre‘s Fourth Stage.

Our early picks for ‘must-sees’ over the coming days include:

There are also several youth (under 25) events and Sunday’s family skate and parade.

In short, there is no excuse to stay indoors this weekend. And who would want to?

Bundle up, head out, and enjoy the vast array of events – each is an opportunity to show your true colours.

Note: All WinterPride 2020 events are free to attend and wheelchair accessible. Visit for full details.

For forward planning purposes:

Ottawa’s summer pride festival takes place each year in late August to coincide with the anniversary of the seminal We Demand march of August 28, 1971.

The summer festival has had back-to-back-record years attendance-wise, and the 2019 Pride parade was Ottawa’s largest-ever. More than 190 groups marched and an estimated 100,000 people lined the streets to cheer them on.

While not on-scale with Toronto Pride, Capital Pride is attracting more and more people in town and out and offers a vibe all its own.

Watch for more details on the 2020 summer festival as they become available.

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