May, 2014 / Author:

Only two months before 2014 Pride Winnipeg Festival, Pride Winnipeg hosted a conference for Pride delegates from across Canada. Attendees wined, dined and experienced a few of our city’s hottest attractions during their three-night stay.

On the first night, guests were welcomed at the Manitoba Hydro Place with appetizers supplied by Rudy’s Eat and Drink and drinks supplied by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. The second night featured a dinner and movie at Red River College’s historic Exchange District campus. And the third night offered a tour of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, dinner at Prairie 360 with a surprise performance from Kristina Maria and a party at Fame Nightclub. Delegates crashed at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel.

Jonathan Niemczak, president of Pride Winnipeg, said the conference was a big success. “The general consensus was that this was one of the best conferences yet.” The main goal of the Fierté Canada Pride and InterPride Region 7 Conference & AGM is to bring Pride organizers together to network, socialize and enjoy themselves. “It’s like a mini Pride celebration.”

210-may_june-17b-one-hell-of-a-hostPride Winnipeg bid to host the conference in the fall of 2012. They prepared a mock budget, tentative schedule of activities, and explained the city’s infrastructure. Our Pride was up against Edmonton Pride and won.

So far there isn’t a Pride organization set to host the 2015 conference. “No one has been crazy enough to put in a bid. If no one hosts it, it won’t happen.” The task can be daunting with upcoming Pride festivals, especially when most of the organizers work full- time jobs on top of their Pride positions. “You have to be a pretty mature Pride. You have to be well-established and well organized to put it on.”

To keep informed about the conference, like Fierté Canada Pride and InterPride – International Association of LGBTI Pride Organizers on Facebook. Did you attend the conference this year? Email or tweet @ OutWords to let us know!

– Graeme Coleman is OutWords’ entertainment editor.

– All photos from the Fierté Canada Pride and InterPride Region 7 Conference & AGM were taken by Cynthia Bettencourt Photography

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