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Pride Winnipeg expanding popular festival

Winnipeg’s Pride Festival is getting bigger.

The 2014 Pride Winnipeg Forks Festival will be the first to span two days, which will better accommodate the increasing crowds coming out for the party, organizers said Thursday.

“The love of human rights and equality demonstrated by Winnipeggers has allowed us to extend the Pride Festival at the Forks,” said Pride Winnipeg president Jonathan Niemczak. “So instead of taking place solely on Sunday, the Pride Festival will now be taking place over two days on the Saturday and the Sunday.”

Last year 30,000 people came out for the festival.

This year, the festival will feature performing artists, local vendors, children’s entertainment and of course the ever popular Queer Beer Tent, which will also be expanded and upgraded to meet the demands of thirsty revelers.

Pride Winnipeg also unveiled the theme of this year’s festival will be ‘Without Borders’.

“We want to raise awareness of what’s going on, not only in Winnipeg, but also globally,” explained Niemczak. “We have it good here, but people across the world—including parts of the US—don’t have it as good as we do.

“So we want to be able to share our resources to assist those folks.”

To put the theme’s principles into action this year, Pride Winnipeg is working to help a group in Thompson organize the city’s first Pride parade, and hope to work with other Manitoban communities in the future.

The 2014 Pride Festival starts May 23 and goes until June 1 when the annual parade will snake through Winnipeg’s downtown.

Go to for more information or to volunteer to help out.

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