Jasper Comes 'Out' to Play for Jasper Pride Festival

February 19, 2014
by Tourism Jasper 

Jasper Pride Weekend, the one and only winter Pride Festival to take place in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, returns this March – bigger and better than ever for its fifth anniversary.
The annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities in Jasper started five years ago as a small local event and has since grown far beyond Jasper’s borders, now attracting hundreds of visitors from across Canada annually.
This year themed around ‘Jungle Fun’, the Festival has released a jam-packed schedule of events starting in style with a fabulous ‘Let’s Celebrate!’ Welcome Reception on the evening of Friday March 21st. Other events include lesbian musical comedy entertainment, a show-stopping drag show, LGBT-themed short films, outdoor fun, hilarity, dress-up and plenty of chances for people to get together and have a fantastic time!
New for the fifth Jasper Pride Festival is the ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ guided snowshoe excursion to Jasper’s infamous Maligne Lake, ‘Ice Pride’, a guided ice hike to Maligne Canyon, morning yoga and a fun fancy dress contest on the slopes of award-winning ski area, Marmot Basin. Jasper Pride Festival Society has also secured popular, special drag guest stars from the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose, the inimitable drag performers from Guys in Disguise, the musical comedy duo “The Dirrty Show” and Canadian country and folksinger Toni Vere.   
Long known as being very friendly, eclectic and open-minded, Jasper has always warmly welcomed diversity – attracting backpackers, travelers, workers, students, ski bums and adventure seekers from all over the world. 
“Jasper is the perfect home for a truly authentic Pride Festival in the mountains, the only one within a Canadian National Park”, comments Uwe Walter, Co-Chair, Jasper Pride Festival Society.
“We welcome everyone to join us in the weekend celebrations. Jasper Pride Festival brings together the local and LGBT communities, friends, allies and families, all looking to have fun and meet people in a positive, friendly, open and relaxed environment. 
The Festival continues to receive incredible support from within the Jasper community, as well as from local businesses and we are very excited to mark Jasper Pride Festival’s fifth year together!”
Mary Darling, CEO, Tourism Jasper adds, “Jasper Pride Festival has quickly established itself as one of Jasper’s signature annual events. Tourism Jasper is proud to support the Jasper Pride Festival Society to welcome both the LGBT communities and visitors to experience such a positive event that celebrates Jasper’s diversity. It’s such a fun, light-hearted weekend of activities and events with something for absolutely everyone – we are all looking forward to marking the fifth Pride Festival here in Jasper!”
For a full list of events taking place for Jasper Pride Festival 2014, as well as to see Pride accommodation packages visit Jasperpride.ca
For ideas and inspiration on what to see, do and experience in Jasper, as well as accommodation and restaurant options, visit Jasper.travel.

For more information please contact:
Kymberley Hill
Media and PR Specialist
Tourism Jasper
Email: kymberley@jaspercanadianrcockies.com
Phone: (780) 931 6979

Joerg Michel
Media Director
Jasper Pride Festival Society
Email: contact@jasperpride.com
Phone: (780) 852 3770

About Tourism Jasper
Tourism Jasper is the destination marketing organization for Jasper, Alberta. For more information, please visit www.Jasper.travel.

About Jasper Pride Festival Society 
Jasper Pride Festival Society is a membership-driven not-for-profit Society.  It has the purpose of creating an annual Pride Festival in Jasper National Park in support of the local and visiting LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allies) community. JPFS plans, hosts and fundraises throughout the year to bring this festival and related events to our world-class destination in the Canadian Rockies.  The Jasper Pride Festival Society strives to create a safe and inclusive atmosphere of equality, acceptance and support for the LGBTQA communities.

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