Capital Pride Festival(link is external) is on until August 28, and the City of Ottawa is showing  its pride and support throughout this year’s festivities. There will also be road closures to accommodate the annual parade and street festival.

The City held a flag-raising and proclamation ceremony(link is external) yesterday, on Monday, August 22 at City Hall. The Pride flag has also been raised at the following locations for the week:

  • Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Drive
  • OC Transpo headquarters, 1500 St. Laurent Boulevard
  • Ottawa Paramedic Service headquarters, 2465 Don Reid Drive
  • Ottawa Fire Services headquarters, 1443 Carling Avenue
  • By-law and Regulatory Services headquarters, 735 Industrial Avenue

The Pride Parade(link is external) will take place on Sunday, August 28 at 1 pm and several City departments will participate. Please note the parade has a new route this year and will start at Kent Street and Somerset Street West.

Road closures

The following roads will be closed on Sunday, August 28 from 1 to 4 pm for the Pride Parade(link is external):

  • Kent Street, from Somerset Street West to Laurier Avenue West
  • Laurier Avenue West, from Kent Street to Nicholas Street
  • Elgin Street, from Laurier Avenue West to Gladstone Avenue
  • Gladstone Avenue, from Elgin Street to Bank Street
  • Bank Street, from McLeod Street to James Street

The egress out of the Ottawa City Hall garage will be maintained. Motorists will be required to turn east on Laurier Avenue.

Additionally, Kent Street, from Gladstone Avenue to Somerset Street West, will be closed on Sunday, August 28 from 6 am to 4 pm for parade staging. Please note that cross streets intersecting with the parade route will be closed to facilitate parade crossing. Local access will be maintained.

The following roads will be closed from 3 pm on Friday, August 26 to 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 28 for the Capital Pride Street Festival(link is external):

  • Bank Street, from James Street to Slater Street
  • Somerset Street, from Bank Street to O’Connor Street

Visit the Capital Pride website(link is external) for a full list of events happening throughout the week.