(2019 Victoria Pride Parade/Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

Another large-scale summer event that brings Victoria to life every year will not be happening in 2020.

In accordance with provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry’s statement that gatherings of over 50 people will not be permitted this summer, the Victoria Pride Society has announced the cancellation of the annual pride parade.

This year’s Victoria Pride Parade was scheduled to take place on July 5th.

The annual event is traditionally accompanied by other LGBTQ2S+ themed events like the Big Gay Dog Walk and a 19+ party at the Royal BC Museum, all of which have also been cancelled.

“But while we won’t be able to come together for Pride like we normally would in 2020, Pride continues in Victoria,” reads a statement from the Victoria Pride Society.

“We know the power of community and we are looking at ways to provide spaces for our communities to safely come together during this time.”

The Society will continue to publish their monthly newsletter and the Youth Leadership Council will continue to meet virtually.

However Victoria Pride Society says they look forward to celebrating pride week — June 28th to July 5th — through online events.

In a letter published on Saturday, Vancouver Pride Society has announced that they will be moving their events to digital spaces and announcing a new plan in the coming weeks.