WinterPRIDE is in full swing at this very moment. There's a very good chance you already know this, as you're probably here for the festival. If so, you're likely aware that, as fun as the past week has been, it's really just a slow, steady build up to this final weekend of world-class entertainment and crazy, crazy parties.
There's also a good chance that you're still trying to decide what to attend. Fortunately
Pique has your interests in mind. As promised, here's Part II of our guide to WinterPRIDE:
Thursday, Feb. 9:
Barefoot Mixology with Wine (Bearfoot Bistro, 1 p.m., to 3 p.m., $10) Every one needs a decent party trick, so why not master a few drink mixes? If your friends aren't impressed with that particular trick at least they'll be drunk and forget soon enough. In any case, the Bearfoot is offering to teach how to use a bottle of Barefoot (it's confusing, we know) wine and create "fabulous cocktails!" Their words, not ours.
WinterPRIDE March (Whistler Village, 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) Thursday's the day when WinterPRIDE revs up and it starts here, with the first ever (!) pride march through the village. The march will start at mid-station on Whistler Mountain and everyone will ski down to skier's plaza. Non-skiers will meet at 3 p.m. and together everyone will march through the village. In the words of Dean Nelson himself, behold "3,000 beautiful homos filling the village!" Will do.
Après Ski (Whistler Conference Centre, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.): At 5 p.m. Whistler's Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden will make an official proclamation recognizing WinterPRIDE week. This will be followed by lots of celebration and socializing marking this historic event.
Whistler Tasting Tours (Meet at FireRock Lounge, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., $109.99 per person; wine pairings are optional for another $29.99) It's a mini Cornucopia revival for pride week, featuring a tour of four Whistler establishments, starting with the Bearfoot Bistro (which you should be well-acquainted with if you've been following this event calendar), then on to Hy's Steakhouse, Quattro and ending at the FireRock.
WinterPRIDE Comedy Show: (Whistler Conference Centre, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., $36) Okay, some of you don't like to ski. Some of you aren't fond of cowboys. Others have no interest in embracing their inner queen. Fine. We get it. But there's always an event that bridges people's differences and that bridge is known as comedy. Hosted by Vancouver's drag diva Symone Says, the night will include Vancouver comedian Julia Stretch and Los Angeles-based Jason Stuart.
WinterPRIDE Pool Party (Meadow Park Sports Centre, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., $36) Okay, so you don't like comedy either. Sue us. But there's one thing that everyone likes and that's seeing attractive people in bathing suits jumping into pools and then crawling out of them. Yes, this is a near-universal delight, regardless of age or sexual preference, and almost certainly why WinterPRIDE has brought the Pool Party back for another year.