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‘Huge increase in support’ for Muskoka Pride Festival July 21-30

MUSKOKA — Muskoka is proud to be Pride, as the annual Muskoka Pride Festival hits the streets of Muskoka next week.

Everyone is welcome at the Muskoka Pride Festival July 21-30.

Everyone is welcome at the Muskoka Pride Festival July 21-30.

Muskoka Pride has announced July 21 – 30 is the 2017 Muskoka Pride Festival.

The annual week of activities celebrates the Muskoka lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.

According to Muskoka Pride board member Shawn Forth, this year’s Festival will be showing a lot of community support.

“We have seen a huge increase in support from the community this year, with many new sponsorships.

“We are excited to have the RBC branches of Muskoka as our Festival Sponsor this year.”

And the towns of Gravenhurst and Bracebridge as signature sponsors.

The Pride Festival week begins on Friday July 21 with the annual Pride Kickoff Partyin Huntsville at River Mill Park.  This year it will feature a community information fair with booths by many community groups and vendors around the park.

From 3 to 6 p.m. join them as they enjoy music, play games, take part in activities in the park, and enjoy a free BBQ.

Volunteers from the Huntsville Fire Department will once again be cooking the food at the BBQ.

On Monday July 24 join Muskoka Pride at flag-raising ceremonies at all six Muskoka municipalities.

Most ceremonies will be happening at 11 a.m., with Huntsville at noon and Bracebridge at 2 p.m.

The public is invited to come out and show their support for gender and sexual diversity in Muskoka.


The week will play host to several events. Campfire Vespers (Sunday July 23) with Reverend Barb Nangle. Film screening with filmmaker Michelle Emson. Mini-golf tournament. Pride pub night at Sawdust City Brewery.

A full listing of events can be found at www.muskokapride.comor on Muskoka Pride’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre is on-board as the official Cruise Partner of Muskoka Pride.  They are offering a 25% discount on cruises from July 24 –27 when using the code “MuskokaPride2017.” Bookings must be made by phone or in person at the ticket office.


The Muskoka Pride Festival will come to a close on Sunday, July 30 with the ninth annual Muskoka Pride Picnic, the highlight event of the week. The annual Picnic takes place once again at Annie Williams Park in Bracebridge from noon – 4 p.m.

This year’s Picnic will feature live music by local band, The Dirty Little Swing Thing.

Swimming and activities at the waterfront will be a featured part of the Picnic.

Sawdust City Brewery will have a beer garden.  And there will be over 20 vendors and community booths this year.

The public is invited to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket as they enjoy this relaxed afternoon event. Food and beverages will be provided at this free family event.

The Bracebridge Fire Department will be cooking at the BBQ again this year.

Everyone, gay and straight alike, is welcome to attend all Muskoka Pride events.

The Muskoka Pride would like to thank  its numerous sponsors, including RBC as Festival Sponsor.  This year the Signature Sponsors include: The Town of Bracebridge, Bala Cranberry Festival, TD Bank, DailyXtra, and Saunders & Welch and the towns of Gravenhurst and Bracebridge.

For more information, contact Forth, the marketing & promotions member of the Muskoka Pride Community at 705-706-2500(cell). Or email



About LGBT Pride Events–Pride events celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) culture. Most pride events occur annually and many take place around June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York City on June 28, 1969. The first Pride march happened in 1970.  Today Pride events are held in cities and towns all over the world.

About Muskoka Pride-The Muskoka Pride Community is a volunteer group that formed in 2009, whose purpose is to increase awareness of the LGBTQcommunity of Muskoka and to create opportunities for inclusivity within Muskoka that overcome heterosexism and homo/bi/trans-phobia, providing a safe community for LGBT people.  The Muskoka Pride Community hosts the annual Muskoka Pride Picnic on the Sunday before the Civic Holiday weekend and Pride Week activities throughout Muskoka.

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