Toronto Pride

end June
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

Toronto's Pride Week is a ten-day event held in June each year to celebrate the city's gay, lesbian and queer communities and heritage.

In March 2013, the Canadian Event Industry Awards announced that Pride Toronto had won the National Star Award for the Best Cultural Event in 2012.

Since Toronto Pride first began in 1981, the festival has grown to become one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, and one of Toronto’s main events of the year attracting more than 1.2 million visitors and earning the city over $135 million in revenue.Toronto's Pride Week features live musical performances on several stages, a Dyke March, Family Pride and the Pride Parade.

The Dyke March is not actually a parade, but a political demonstration of critical mass in which women and trans-gendered people flood the streets of Toronto in a show of strength and passion.

Family Pride takes place on the grounds of Church Street Junior Public School over both days of Pride Weekend and offers inclusive, family-friendly activities and events such as crafts, games, children's entertainment, a picnic on Saturday, and family brunch on Sunday. The hours are 11 am until 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Primarily routed along Yonge Street, Gerrard Street and Bloor Street, the Toronto Pride Parade, the highlight of Pride Week, enjoys more than 1 million spectators drawn to the spontaneous fun and outrageous costumes of the parade participants, the color and spectacle of the more than 90 floats, and of course, the trinkets tossed to the crowds as the parade wends its way through the city.

The floats are judged and special mention made on a series of categories including Best Celebration of the Theme, Best Drag, and Best Art Direction.

Most Pride events and activities take place in the city's Church and Wellesley village, a LGBT-oriented community in the heart of the city. Supplemental and non-official events during Pride Week take place in the gay-popular restaurants, hotels and shops, and include the notorious Prism Festival of all-night dance parties and the ever popular Aqua event.
For more information about Toronto's Pride Week visit the official web site at

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