The Victoria Pride Society acknowledges that we serve our communities as visitors on the traditional territories of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees) and Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation.
The Memorial Drag Ball Game has been a unique mainstay of Victoria Pride Week for over 25 years. But few know the origins of this epic baseball game between drag kings, queens and things. Join Victoria Pride as we premiere a documentary on the history of this unique event on our YouTube channel.
ABOUT THE MEMORIAL DRAG BALL GAME
One of Victoria Pride’s signature events, the Memorial Drag Ball Game traces its roots back to 1993. A group of friends, several of them drag performers, were grieving the loss of many in the community from HIV/AIDS. They wanted a day to forget about that reality, about politics and to play a game. They have returned to that game every year since.
Over time, more people have joined and the gathering founded on resilience has also become a celebration of community. Keeping the name to remain authentic to its roots, the Memorial Drag Ball Game now draws up to 1000 spectators who, every year, let go of differences, embrace fun and absurdity, and just come for the DRAG of it!
ABOUT THE VICTORIA PRIDE SOCIETY
Victoria Pride supports a vibrant and empowered LGBTQ2+ community in Greater Victoria.