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Burnaby Pride festivities to take place virtually amid COVID-19

Festivities will be online due to COVID-19
Burnaby's Pride 2021 celebrations will be virtually on July 23 and 24.

Burnaby's Pride celebrations won't be slowed down by COVID-19. 

To officially mark the start of festivities, Pride flags were raised at city hall on Monday afternoon, with virtual events scheduled for July 23 and 24.

"Burnaby Pride is happy to call the City of Burnaby a partner in its annual Pride celebration. Burnaby Pride celebrates the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Burnaby while creating an inclusive and diverse event," Burnaby Pride Committee said in a social media post. 

"Operating in a city that shares and shows these values is terrific."

The "Queer As Funk" digital concert will be taking place on July 23 at 7 p.m. and will feature a full set, hosted by comedians Joanne Tsung and Sasha Mark with an Indigenous opening by Two-Spirit activist Twiinwalker and Two Spirit leader Butterfly Woman.

The event website says Tsung has performed for New Moon Comedy and Millennial Line in Vancouver as well virtual comedy shows in Seattle (Model Minority) and Winnipeg (Party Mix). 

She is also from the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Mark has worked with the Winnipeg Comedy Festival as well as Pride Vancouver. 

Other talent include Kendall Gender, Parlour Panther, RainbowGlitz, Manda Stroyer, Russell Wallace, Kaya Kurz, Owen, Anjalica Solomon, The Legacy Growers Collective, Manda Stroyer, Monday Blues and Stephen Scaccia. 

You can watch the concert on Pride Burnaby's website, Facebook page or Youtube page. 

Full programming details are available on Burnaby Pride's website.