On July 8, celebrate Pride in Brampton in Garden Square.

Pride in the Square takes place from 12 to 5 p.m. and features a lineup of family-friendly stage performances by local and national artists, speakers, face painting, buskers, stilt-walkers and a community fair. The event will be hosted by Brampton’s own Daniel Pillai, a writer, producer and media personality. With his opinionated wit (and trademark blazers), he has taken charge of the media landscape in his own unique way.

Live entertainment all afternoon includes Drag Storytime by Fay & Fluffy, DIANA, Canadian Mohawk singer-songwriter Shawnee, Ill Nana DiverseCity Dance Company and EJ Kwandibens, local artists Sonya Shorter and R. Flex along with tunes spun by DJ Regina Gently.

The community fair will bring together several local groups that serve the LGBTQ2IA+ community. This will be an opportunity to learn about the many groups and services for the community.

“Brampton is welcoming and inclusive to all the unique communities that are part of the rich fabric of our city,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “We are very proud to host the city’s first Pride celebration and we invite our residents and visitors to attend, July 8 in Garden Square.”

An after party, from 5 to 8 p.m. features DJ Sikh Knowledge at The Rose Patio, where bar service will be available.

All are welcome to celebrate the special day at Garden Square. Visit www.brampton.ca/gardensquare to learn more about Pride in the Square and for full details on Garden Square programming.