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For the first time since the pandemic started, Calgary hosted its yearly pride event from August 27 until just after the September long weekend (aka "Labour Gay"). There was dancing, singing, introspective panels and tons of artwork to celebrate the Queer community safely.

Access to in-person events like these has been restricted for a long time, and while people have shown their support with Zoom events and social media posts, nothing compares to coming together in real life.

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From August 27 until the September long weekend (aka "Labour Gay"), Calgary celebrated Pride with colourful parades, glamorous shows, impactful artwork and introspective panels. Even though Calgary Pride is over for 2021, you can still experience some amazing work geared toward celebrating sexual and gender diversity.

Every year, in-person events play an integral role in Pride: creating physical spaces where people can dance, sing and ultimately come together to recognize and celebrate their Queer identities. The disappearance of these spaces over the last year and a half has been a significant loss to the folk who found safety and community in them.

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It's the last weekend of Calgary Pride, but there's still a ton to be proud of in the city. What started as Calgary's first pride festival in 1988 has transformed into full-blown celebrations, vibrant events, entertaining drag shows and informative panels — all in the name of recognizing, understanding and celebrating gender and sexual diversity.

The art-walk exhibit, now in its second year, is one such example. Created by Shaw Communications, in partnership with Calgary Pride, The City of Calgary and Calgary Arts Development, Shaw Pride Marches On features murals by artists from the city's 2SLGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities and their allies. The art walk and other Pride activities provide the perfect opportunity for people to come together this year to show their public support for the Queer community.

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Every summer, the city is taken over by colourful events, introspective panels and lavish drag shows to celebrate Calgary Pride. This year, festivities are taking place over a 10-day period leading up to Labour "Gay" long weekend and feature a mix of virtual and in-person Queer-centred events to bring people together safely in recognition and celebration of sexual and gender diversity.

Through the Shaw Pride Marches On campaign, artists from the 2SLGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities and their allies have created the City of Calgary's second annual art walk in Central Memorial Park. This collection of murals celebrate Pride, community and connection, and is helping create a safe space for the Queer community.

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So, you're thinking about moving to the ol' YYC. Or maybe you're not, but you should. If you're a reader of Narcity Calgary, you already know how great Calgary is. We have tons of things to do and our scenery is absolutely insane.

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