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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Summer Vancouver Events

There’s lots of fun to be had in Vancouver this summer, with several very popular events.
At the end of June, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival brings some of music’s edge-pushers, mainstayers and international ambassadors to Vancouver. For 10 days, music lovers can enjoy 400 concerts in 40 venues across the city. Each day from noon to the wee hours, jazz of all styles and stripes resonates throughout Vancouver. 
A month later, at the end of July, the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival that started as a courageous and peaceful protest in 1978 has become one of the most spirited and well attended celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride anywhere. Drawing 650,000-plus spectators, the parade begins on Robson Street, travels through the West End, and finishes at the Sunset Beach festival site. Showcasing colourful floats, rainbow-coloured balloons, music, dancers, and a heck of a party, it’s no wonder Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival is one of Vancouver’s can’t-miss summer events. 

The largest off-shore fireworks competition in the world, the Celebration of Light Fireworks Festival (July 30, August 3 and August 6 at 10:00 pm) takes place over three nights in the summer. Lighting up the sky over English Bay and the city’s downtown core, the amazing pyrotechnic show is choreographed to music and showcased free to the public, drawing crowds of more than 1.5 million people annually to the city’s beaches, waterfront parks and restaurants. All performances begin at 10:00 pm. 

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