Get ready to show your Pride! Toronto’s 3rd annual Pride Month will kick off today, June 1st, with a Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall. This is the 38th year for the Pride Festival, happening from June 22nd to 24th, 2018. It’s going to be a busy month, so we present our guide to pride, to help you make the most of it!
ABOUT PRIDE TORONTO:
A not-for-profit organization, Pride Toronto is on a mission to unite and empower people, and to celebrate the history, courage and diversity of the community. Pride Toronto has become one of the major cultural events in the country, and the largest Pride celebration in North America. That is certainly something to be proud of! Come celebrate and commemorate with 24 days of outstanding programming.
Pride Month Official Events:
There is so much happening everyday during Pride Month, we couldn’t hope to cover it all. Visit pridetoronto.com to stay up to date on all the action. Here are a few standout highlights.
FLAG RAISING CEREMONY
Come to City Hall (100 Queen Street West) at 12:30 pm for the raising of the Rainbow Flag and Trans Flag as the City of Toronto officially proclaims the commencement of Pride Month.
AIDS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
Come out to commemorate and connect with others. The event honours, remembers and reflects on those who have been loved and lost. The theme of this year’s Vigil is Strength in Communities. Take some time to raise the torch on June 19th, at 9pm, at Barbara Hall Park (519 Church Street).
Unbound is the theme for the 5th Anniversary Edition of Nuit Rose. There will be over 60 events and projects to enjoy every night from June 13th to 17th. The programming will include art installations, parties, performances and more.
Pride Festival Weekend:
Pride Month begins on June 1st with loads of programming leading up to Pride Festival Weekend. Here are a few highlights to look forward to!
Gather at Yonge Dundas Square on June 22nd, from 5 pm until 11 pm for Opening Night celebrations! This gigantic free show features performers, DJs and a headline show form Diva Goddess Brandy!
There will be a fabulous Street Fair running daily throughout the Pride Festival Weekend. It’s open on Friday, June 22nd (7 pm to 2 am), Saturday, June 23rd (12 pm to 2 am), and Sunday. June 24th (12 pm to 11 pm). Grab your friends and check out the marketplace to find anything and everything you’ve been looking for – and all kinds of stuff you didn’t even know you needed!
DRINKS ON THE GO
For the first time ever, Pride Toronto is introducing an Alcohol Open Carry program. Attendees 19+ can purchase an alcoholic beverage from participating partners and feel free to walk around with it in designated areas across the festival. Wristbands are mandatory to prove age of majority.
CLEAN, SOBER and PROUD
Find your Clean, Sober and Proud oasis in the dedicated drug and alcohol-free zone. There will be entertainment for everyone to enjoy in a chilled-out laid-back atmosphere. The zone will be accessible all Festival long, and features games, live performances and confidential meetings. Check it out at Paul Kane Parkette (on the north side of Wellesley Street, west of Church).
Parades and Marches:
The Trans March, on June 22nd, begins with a rally at 7PM at the corner of Church and Hayden. The March will commence at 8PM, heading toward Bloor Street, then south on Yonge Street, and east on Carlton over to Allan Gardens. Stick around for the Post March Showcase which will feature a fantastic lineup of trans performers and run until 10 pm.
The Dyke March is not a parade. It’s political demonstration. The community takes over the streets of downtown as a celebration of strength and a demonstration of diversity. It begins at with a March Rally at 1 pm at Church and Hayden. The March begins at 2 pm, and will be followed by a post-march rally in Allan Gardens, with performances and community building activities.
The Pride Festival celebration culminates with the Pride Parade, on Sunday, June 24th, at 2 pm. It begins on the corner of Bloor and Church Street. Stand proud with over 120 groups and organizations who will come together to celebrate diversity and embrace the LGBTQ community. This is one of the largest Pride Parades in North America, and the parade is guaranteed to be a gloriously glittery event that should not be missed. The parade will move from the corner of Bloor and Church toward Yonge Street, south to Dundas Square stage for a massive celebration!
Join Pride Toronto, and your community, in celebration and solidarity during Pride Month and the Pride Festival Weekend.
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