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Calgary Pride is excited to announce the return of its #OurPride initiative for Calgary’s Alberta’s premiere PRIDE Celebration B!G PRIDE 2021. In 2020, COVID-19  impacted the employment of 53% of Canada’s gender and sexually-diverse community, along with being a uniquely challenging year for so many of the local businesses that keep Calgary thriving. The #OurPride creates an opportunity to connect 2SLGBTQ+ folx to local community builders. This year our virtual B!G PRIDE festival is building on last year’s success, and we want you to show us how you celebrate #CalgaryPride!

Last year, 70+ businesses and organizations used the #OurPride initiatives to connect with the 2SLGBTQ+ community and allies in COVID-19 friendly PRIDE celebrations. Events include a fundraising component that supports the local 2SLGBTQ+ community through Calgary Pride and provides businesses and organizations with resources and training that help facilitate relationship building with Calgary Pride’s audience. Together, we can continue to tell the story of diversity and inclusion, and how your organization shows its PRIDE this year and every year. 

“Be Local is so proud to partner on the #OurPride initiative. Be Local is Calgary’s only community-focused business network. We are a community of over 350 independent, locally owned businesses which are values-driven and give a d*mn about our impact on others and on the planet. Our alignment with Calgary Pride is strong. This is a concrete and tangible expression of how we demonstrate our care for everyone; by creating safe, welcoming, and inclusive places of business in our community. We can’t wait to see what our businesses come up with, contributing to vibrant B!G Pride Week celebrations across our community!” 

-Erin Melnychuk (she/her), Manager, Be Local

Get as creative as you can and show us how high your rainbow flag flies. Need some inspiration? Check out last year’s examples; dance party, bake sale, feature cocktail or dish, drag show (featuring Calgary’s finest performers), and YOUR AMAZING IDEAS!

Participating in #OurPride is super easy. Simply pitch us your idea (fill out the #OurPride form on our website), and our team will connect with you to help make your event as fabulous as possible! For more information on how to host your own event, see some of last year’s success, or to check out some of the #OurPride tools we have available, visit