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08/02/2014 10:35 EDT | Updated 10/02/2014 05:59 EDT

Vancouver Pride Parade: What you need to know

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the 36th annual Vancouver Pride Parade Sunday, Aug. 2.

It's the culmination of a week's worth of events celebrating LGBTQ pride in the city.

The parade, which is in its second year as an "officially designated civic parade" begins at noon at Thurlow and Robson, proceeds west on Robson Street, then takes a left on Denman and proceeds to English Bay.

The party then moves on along Beach Avenue until Jervis Street, just up from Sunset Beach.

Parade organizers say be prepared for hot, sunny weather, telling people to wear a hat, put on sunscreen and bring plenty of water.

The non-profit Vancouver Pride Society, which stages the event, will be asking for donations during the parade.

"Bring your loose change and watch for the toonie brigade as they move up and down the parade route collecting toonies for the Vancouver Pride Society," organizers ask.

The parade should be wrapping up between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. along the various portions of the route.

A number of road closures will be in effect in the West End, some beginning as early as 7 a.m. PT:

- 1000-1100 Robson St (Burrard to Bute) 7:00 am to 2 pm.

- 700-900Thurlow St (Georgia to Nelson) 7:00 am to 2 pm.

- 1100-1600 Robson St (Bute to Denman) 10:00 am to 3 pm.

- 800-1200 Denman St (Robson to Beach) 10:00 am to 4 pm.

- 1300-1700 Beach Ave (Denman to Jervis)10:00 am to 4 pm.

The City of Vancouver says that Robson and Denman will be reopened once the parade has cleared and the streets have been cleaned.

- Are you watching or participating in the parade?

CBC Vancouver wants to see your pride! Snap a photo that you feel captures the spirit of Pride in Vancouver, and share your pic on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #cbcvanpride.

And, if you can't make it out, this year the Vancouver Pride Society is live streaming the parade from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click here to be taken to that page.

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