The first nighttime Pride parade on a mountain

My boyfriend and I had a pretty unforgettable adventure during Peak Pride in Silver Star, which is a breathtaking mountain resort nestled in British Columbia’s North Okanagan region. We had a flight of just under an hour from Kelowna from Vancouver and from there it was just over an hour of a drive to Silver Star. And then as far as Pride festivals go this one definitely wasn’t like any other I’d experienced before!

The highlight might have been the nighttime Pride parade on a ski hill. It felt pretty magical to glide down the slopes under a starlit sky, surrounded by a vibrant sea of rainbow colorful flags on everyone skiing down together. It was actually a pretty groundbreaking moment given I haven’t ever heard of a Pride parade like that before, and I couldn’t help but feel proud and a bit awestruck to be a part of it. This ski hill parade was just one cool part of a fun and unusual weekend of love, unity, and self-expression.

Before the parade, we spent a fun day skiing on the powdery slopes in the daylight. The combination of adrenaline-pumping runs and an inclusive atmosphere made it extra special. The apres-ski event was at The Red Antler and was the perfect way to warm up and and enjoy some live music by Vancouver’s Matthew Presidente.

In the same venue was Drag Bingo hosted by the fabulous Ella Lamoroux, Peak Pride’s resident drag queen. Ella’s charisma and wit had the crowd laughing, and the energy in the room was fun and easy going. The same bar was also where the Fruitcase Dance Party would take place which was a sold-out event for drinking and dancing.


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One of my favourite events was the FruitCake Drag Show, where half a dozen drag entertainers put on a high-energy show that really got the crowd worked up. There was pretend money for sale that we could buy to tip the queens with and at the end of the event the floor was covered with them to pool up and split afterwards.

The final Pride event was a delectable drag brunch at The Den, where laughter and scrumptious food filled the air. There was a lot of grooving and laughing with our hosts Ella and Wanda.

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Afterwards we had a bit of time to go over to the natural ice rink behind our hotel to do some skating. It was a fun way to wind down our time in this snowy resort town.

Attending Peak Pride at Silver Star was a great experience. From the groundbreaking nighttime parade on the ski hill to the entertaining performances by drag queens, every moment was filled with joy, authenticity, and an overwhelming sense of belonging. The combination of winter activities and Pride celebrations created a fun environment for love, acceptance, and self-expression.

This experience was provided by Destination Silver Star. They had no input on my writing, all thoughts are my own.

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