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Capital Pride announces four new events and solid finances

The organization said it is dedicated to diversifying events and activities to bring more people out.

Revellers at the Capital Pride parade through Centretown during last year's Sunday finale.

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Revellers at the Capital Pride parade through Centretown during last year's Sunday finale.

Ottawa’s Capital Pride organizers made their first announcement of 2016 on Wednesday with four new events focused on encouraging diversity in festivities.

“We have renewed our efforts to make the festival more accessible and relevant to a greater number of people,” reads the release.

This year the festival will take place from Aug. 15 to 21 and has 90 different performing artists on board to date.

Most are from Ottawa and over half are indigenous, people of colour and trans. The schedule of performers is expected in April and will span two stages, including one dedicated to being an alcohol-free zone.

This year organizations that don’t have the money required for fancy floats will also be included with a competition that will give five different groups the resources to design and construct a float on a flat bed.

The festival this year also includes an event called QueerCon that will take place Aug. 19. Queer writers and artists will be featured with a focus on how the graphic novel genre and alternative presses have allowed “queer creators” to flourish.

Special funding from the City of Ottawa Heritage Funding program means the festival will sponsor research into local LGBT/queer history.

Last year was the first Pride organized by the new organization, which took over after a 2014 bankruptcy. Audits from 2015 show the festival managed to finish the year with $23,475 in extra revenue after expenses.

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