PRIDE 2023

“One of the key aspects of a Pride event like this one is community. This is an opportunity for 2SLGBTQIANB+ people in the Pembina Valley to come together, really see one another, and support one another. It is also an opportunity for our allies to stand up and show their support of our community in a very visible and public way.”

– Peter Wohlgemut President, Pembina Valley Pride

TL;DR - Pride Month in the Pembina Valley

June 1, 2023 – Pembina Valley Pride Flag Raising (Online event – 6:30pm on Pembina Valley Pride Social Media)

June 7-30, 2023 – Pembina Hills Arts Council Pride Exhibition 

June 10, 2023 – Pembina Valley Pride Parade – 1:00pm
June 10, 2023Dinner & A Drag Show – Put on by Pembina Hills Arts Council – 5:00-6:30
June 10, 2023RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing & LIVE Drag Show – Put on by The 5 Pin Bowling Alley in Carman – 8:00-10:00

June 14, 2023 – Pembina Valley Pride Open Mic @ Rendezvous – 7pm 

Sundays in June – Pembina Valley Pride Book Reading – on Pembina Valley Pride Social Media

Flag Raising - Livestream on June 1, 2023

We will be raising the flag at Access Event Centre in Morden on June 1, 2023. The flag will remain raised until June 9, when it will temporarily come down for Philippine Independence Day, then it will go back up for rest of June. This is pre-arranged, so if you don’t see it when you’re in Morden, that’s why! We have a lot of support from the City. 

Pride Parade - June 10, 2023


Pembina Valley Pride will be holding our annual Pride Parade in Morden, Manitoba on Saturday, June 10th, 2022.

All 2SLGBTQIANB+ folks and our allies are welcome to participate in the parade and join the rally. This is a participatory march rather than a spectator event.

1:00 pm – Welcome, Land Acknowledgement*
1:05 pm – Pride Parade 
1:45 pm – Drag Show* (as folks return to the park)
2:45 pm – Members of Prairie Soundscape
3:00 pm – Speeches* 

*with ASL 

Participants are asked to be respectful neighbours by parking at St. Paul’s United Church or Maple Leaf Elementary School. There is also street parking available. 

There is accessible parking at the park.

At Pembina Valley Pride, we strive to be as accessible as possible. Here are some things we have in place to live into that vision: 

  • ASL Interpreter – we will have an ASL interpreter there for the opening remarks and for the duration of the speeches. 
  • Sensory safe zone – we will have a sensory safe zone designated at the front of the parade. This will be a quieter space, and will set the pace of the parade so nobody gets left behind.
  • Online options – For those who are unable to attend our event in person, we will be streaming the event on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.
  • Mobility issues – For those who anticipate mobility issues, we are looping around this year so you can stay at Morden Park while the Parade is happening. Some of the board will be there, and we encourage you to hang out with us and welcome the parade when they return!  
  • Accessible washrooms are available at the park. 
  • There is an accessible playground at the park.
  • There is accessible parking at the park.

Safety of the 2SLGBTQIANB+ community (and our allies) is a top priority of Pembina Valley Pride.

Please note that, while we would love for everybody to be safe to live authentically, we recognize that this is sometimes not the case. We aren’t able to guarantee that photos taken in public places will not be published online or in publications, and we ask that you keep this in mind if your personal safety and security is a potential concern.

As a response to feedback we received last year, we have 2 mental health professionals available should the need arise. We will let you know who to look for at the event. 

We have first aid provided by volunteer first responders, and Southern Health knows we’re going to be in the area.

Water bottles will be available at the park, free of charge. The park also has a water bottle refill station, so feel free to bring your reusable water bottle to cut down on waste.

We will have portable washrooms on site with handwashing stations. Hand sanitizer will be readily available and we encourage you to practice good hand hygiene. There is also an accessible washroom available at the park. 

We encourage the use of masks, especially if you are in close proximity to others or indoors. 

Leaving the community cleaner than we found it will demonstrate the character of our Rainbow community. Please ensure you are leaving nothing behind, and if you notice anything out of place, please do your part and dispose of it appropriately. 

While protesters may be present, participants are asked not to engage with them, as this day is about our community. If you feel your safety is at risk, find a volunteer and let them know. 

We encourage you to wear a mask, and ask that you stay home if you aren’t feeling well or have tested positive for COVID. 

Pembina Valley Pride Parade is a family friendly event. We will have face painting, a colouring station, and a bubble station. There is also an accessible play structure at the park for kids to play on. 

We will have a limited amount of merchandise available, including stickers and t-shirts. 

We will have water available free of charge, and a variety of other drinks available for $1. Huge thank you to the Morden Collegiate GSA for helping us run this. 

We will also have Farm Dog, a Winnipeg-based farm-to-table food cart, on site should you get hungry. We also encourage you to check out and support Charley B’s in Winkler, one of our sponsors for this year, or join us at the Drag Dinner being put on by Pembina Hills Arts Council. 

Representatives from both Sexuality Education Resource Centre and Southern Health will be on site. They are open to questions and can provide information and resources in a discreet way. 

We will be doing two raffles at Pride. 

The first raffle is open to anybody 18+ and has 4 prizes. Tickets are $5 each, and only 500 tickets have been printed. 

First Prize – Handmade Quilt ($1000 value)
Second Prize – Queer Eye & Everyone Is Awesome Lego Set ($200 value)
Third Prize – Game Pack ($100 value)
Fourth Prize – Pembina Valley Pride T-Shirt ($20 Value)

The second raffle is open to anybody 18+ and includes 4 ticketes to the Pembina Hills Arts Council Drag Dinner taking place the same evening. Tickets are $2 each. You must be present to win this prize. 

Both draws will be taking place after the Drag show. 

Pride Open Mic - June 14 @ Rendezvous

Come on out to an open mic hosted by Rendevous and Pembina Valley Pride!!! All performers are welcome but we want to encourage members of the rainbow community to come out and share their talents! We encourage performers to play songs written by rainbow artists. Hope to see you there!

Date: Wednesday, June 14
Time: 7pm
Location: Rendezvous Brewery and Taproom
368 Stephen St. Morden, MB


Online Book Readings

We are so excited to be doing our weekly book readings again this June! Make sure you like our page on Facebook to see the readings every Sunday. 

Our Sponsors

diamond sponsors - $1000+

Mike & Melanie Urichuk

Peter and Megan Cantelon

South Central Region Teachers' Associations

Noricum Manual Therapy

Erika Enns Rodine

Mosaic Therapy

Kirsty & Charlie Howatt