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Join us in Vancouver as we return for the second time with Fleurs de Villes PRIDE presented by Porsche Cars Canada – a floral celebration of joy and inclusivity. From August 2 - 7, enjoy stunning floral benches, rainbows, swings and selfie-frames throughout the West End and Yaletown - all created by Vancouver's talented florists. Fleurs de Villes PRIDE is completely free and open to all - post a photo of your favourite installation and enter our Instagram contest for a chance to win a 3-day Porsche Drive Rental with the all-electric Taycan!

The West End and Yaletown each play a distinct part in Canadian 2SLGBTQAI+ history. Fleurs de Villes is proud to join these neighbourhoods in honouring that history, while celebrating the best way we know how - with flowers!

Make sure to grab a brochure from either Yaletown’s OPUS Hotel or the Westend’s Home Hardware, Amoka, Davie Village Flowers, Trees Coffee, Mary’s, Little Sister’s, Melriches, and Davie Village Bakery.

WEST END BIA

While there had been a concentration of queer communities in the West End since the 1940s, Davie Street’s gay village didn’t become fully visible until the 1970s. 

The first parade, simply a march of residents down the sidewalk, occurred in 1978. A few years later, in 1981, The Pride Society was incorporated and 10 days of festivities organized around an official parade. 

Soon, gay-friendly business and institutions like Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium would cement Davie Street’s space in queer history. Jim Deva Plaza, at Davie and Bute, is named after the founder of Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium and longtime activist for Vancouver’s 2SLGBTQAI+ community.

YALETOWN

On July 6, 1979, Yaletown became home to the first lesbian-owned and lesbian-run bar in Vancouver. The Quadra, located at 1055 Homer Street and on top of a postal sorting station, was only open for a short 18 months, but the impact was felt strongly by the city’s lesbian and gay community. The Quadra began on a shoestring – in fact, founders Suzan Krieger and Heather Farquahar somehow were able to get the keys after an initial viewing and quickly print up flyers to promote the place on its first night. The club was packed and the two were able to make their deposit on the building. The Quadra was officially open. But the party was over almost as soon as it started. The lease ran out and the bank wasn’t comfortable loaning money to a lesbian business. It was a homophobic world in the early 80s.

The only other gay club in the area was The Gandydancer. The cutting edge gay club opened in 1975 and was located at 1222 Hamilton Street where Bar None currently tops the nightclub scene in Yaletown. FUN FACT: The term gandy dancer was slang for early railroad workers who laid and maintained railway tracks. It’s thought that the workers made “dancing” movements using a specially manufactured 5 foot lining bar (possibly called a “gandy”) as a lever to keep the tracks in alignment.

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INSTALLATIONS

Yaletown

1. Giant Floral “Q”

1195 Mainland St

Created by Designer Blooms

@designerblooms

2. Wild Wings

Bill Curtis | 1198 Mainland St

Created by Folk and Faerie

@folk_and_faerie

3. Giant Rainbow

1039 Hamilton St

Created by Greenscape Design & Decor

@greenscapedesign

4. PRIDE Bench

1075 Mainland St

Created by Fleuriste du Maison

@fleursdevilles

5. Floral Heart

1189 Hamilton St

Created by Angelica Floral Designs

@angelicafloraldesigns

6. Rainbow Arbour

JJ Bean | 402 Davie Street

Created by Fleuriste du Maison

7. PRIDE Puppy Bench

Barking Babies | 1188 Homer Street

Created by Fleuriste du Maison

8. #itslovebaby Bench 

322 Davie St

Created by Tila Flower Boutique

@tilaflowerboutique

9. Main Plaza PRIDE Swing

Helmcken Plaza | 338 Helmcken St

Created by Tila Flower Boutique

@tilaflowerboutique

10. Trans Flag Bikes

Vanpet | 1065 Hamilton St

Created by Darcelle Chow

@darcellechow

11. The Cross Floral Garden

The Cross | 1198 Homer St

Created by Darcelle Chow

@darcellechow

12. Floral Porsche Taycan

431 Davie Street

Created by Designer Blooms

@designerblooms

Supported by Porsche Cars Canada 

@porschecanada

13. The Floral Coming Out Door

1109 Hamilton Street

Created by Folk and Faerie

@folk_and_faerie

West End

14. Rainbow Arches

Outside Shoppers Drug Mart | 1125 Davie Street

Created by Greenscape Design & Decor

@greenscapedesign

15. PRIDE Mannequin 

Celebrities Night Club | 1022 Davie St

Created by Designer Blooms

@designerblooms

16. Floral Chandelier

Jim Deva Plaza | 1200 Bute St

Created by Greenscape Design & Decor

@greenscapedesign

17. Floral Phone Booth

Jim Deva Plaza | 1200 Bute St

Created by Folk and Faerie

@folk_and_faerie

18. VIA Floral Frame

Bentall Centre | 505 Burrard St 

Created by Folk and Faerie

@folk_and_faerie

Supported by Vancouver is Awesome 

vancouverisawesome.com

19. Floral Fountain 

Outside JOEY Bentall | 507 Burrard St

Created by Greenscape Design & Decor

@greenscapedesign

20. Rainbow Coming Out Doors 

Park Place | 666 Burrard St

Created by Manites Flower Shop 

@happyashley00

Supported by QuadReal Property Group

quadreal.com

21. PRIDE Floral Arch 

Park Place | 666 Burrard St

Created by Manites Flower Shop 

@happyashley00

Supported by QuadReal Property Group

quadreal.com

22. PRIDE Floral Pillars

745 Thurlow St 

Created by Flower Factory 

@flowerfactory

Supported by QuadReal Property Group

quadreal.com

23. Floral Porsche Cayenne

Leftside of JOEY Bentall | 507 Burrard St

Created by Fleuriste du Maison

Supported by Porsche Cars Canada 

@porschecanada

VanDusen Gardens

Rainbow Rising Mannequin

Created by Angelica Floral Designs

@AngelicaFloralDesigns

OPUS HOTEL SPECIAL RATE

Enjoy a luxury stay with our exclusive hotel rate offer at OPUS Hotel. Book now to indulge in a truly unforgettable experience at an unbeatable price. Guests may secure their booking by either calling +1 866-642-6787 and mentioning 'Fleurs de Villes,' or by utilizing the provided booking link below.

Offer runs Sunday July 30th - Monday August 7th based on availability

OPUS Hotel at 322 Davie Street, Vancouver BC

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PRIDE COCKTAIL CRAWL

Don’t forget to check out the Pride Cocktail Crawl in the West End from July 28th – August 6th. Every participating restaurant will be offering their own signature Pride-inspired cocktail. Find out more on this vibrant cocktail trail in the link below.

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