Canada Olympic Park to host Pride Slide event in summer 2016

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled. CLICK HERE to learn more.

WinSport has announced plans to host a brand new outdoor festival featuring a massive slide and live entertainment during the city’s 2016 Pride Week celebrations.

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    The first-ever Pride Slide, which will be for adults only, takes place at Canada Olympic Park from noon until 11 p.m. on Aug. 27.

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    According to organizers, the event “celebrates and promotes a community free from discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.”

    It will feature a giant 245-metre wet slide, DJs, a cocktail garden and performances from “glittery dancers and high-heeled drag queens.”

    “WinSport is truly excited to host the Pride Slide on our campus to celebrate gender and sexual diversity for Calgary Pride Week,” WinSport president and CEO Barry M. Heck said in a news release.

    “Being an openly gay athlete myself, the importance of WinSport holding such an event is paramount,” bobsledder Simon Dunn added.

    “Along with top athletes giving their support, this shows the greater community that LGBTQ athletes are not only welcome but valued participants in sport.”

    The Pride Slide is just one of more than 30 events that are being held as part of Calgary’s 26th annual Pride Week, including the annual Calgary Pride Parade and the Pride in the Park music Festival  on Sept. 4.

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