While Pride participants party downtown, an equally vibrant event is taking place on Commercial Drive this Saturday.

The sixth annual Vancouver Dyke March (VDM) and Festival is meant to raise women’s visibility, celebrate dyke pride, and to bring Pride celebrations to the Vancouver Eastside.

Sam Levy, president of the VDM, said that there is no correlation between the event she is associated with and the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival.

“We’ve always been a standalone event really focusing on women, lesbians, their supporters, their allies, their friends, their families, their dogs, their kids, the whole shebang,” Levy said.

The Dyke March begins at McSpadden Park on Victoria Drive, continue down Commercial and end at Grandview Park with a music festival.

“(The march) allows for an event to happen on the East Side,” said Levy.

“We’ve been on Commercial Drive the whole time and we’ve kind of done it as that grassroots organization.”

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