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Pride Toronto: Parades To Be Proud Of

By Dominik Dutrisac @kinimodd93

There is never a dull moment in the city we call home, and Toronto has so many great events featured every summer. From concerts like Canadian Music Week, North By North East, and Bestival; to festivals such as Caribana, and Salsa on St. Clair. And we can’t forget the delicious food festivals like Taste of the Danforth, Toronto Ribfest, and Taste of Downsview. Though, coming up this Canada Day weekend is an event that brings people in from all over the world to our great city. And that is Pride Toronto, hosted as a part of World Pride.

Pride logo

(Courtesy of pridetoronto.com)

Trans March

Friday, July 1, 2016 @ 7pm

Since 2009, the community-led Trans March strove to offer a place for trans identified people to stand up, and come together. The Trans Pride March is the biggest event of the trans community in Canada. All trans identified people, their friends and allies are welcome to march.

The March will start at Church and Hayden Street at 7pm, go along Bloor Street, then south on Yonge, and east on Carlton to Allan Gardens.

mother holding up trans sign supporting her daughter
(Courtesy of pridetoronto.com)

Dyke March

Saturday, July 2, 2016 @ 2pm

Get ready for the Dyke March! This year, it will be led by Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition.

Shouting their way down Yonge Street at 2pm, over to Carlton Street, and finally into Allan Gardens. Once there, you can be sure to experience the rally featuring local queer poets, artists, performers, and activists.

Toronto Dyke March
(Courtesy of pridetoronto.com)

Pride Parade

Sunday, July 3, 2016 @ 2pm

The parade always has so much to see, and so much to do. There are tons of floats, music, marching troops, and loads of dancing. Humber College will be taking part this year! So keep your eyes peeled for us when you’re there. Right after the parade, awards will be given to all the different floats and groups based on categories like: Best Drag, Best Costume Design, and so on. This year, Justin Trudeau will be the 1st ever Prime Minister to march in the parade! Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and Mayor John Tory are also going to be a part of Pride as well.

The 36th annual Pride Parade runs from Bloor Street East and Church, all the way down Yonge, and ends at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Trudeau at Pride
(Courtesy of Chris Young/Canadian Press)

I think we can all agree the best part of Pride Toronto is that it celebrates all kinds of diversity in our city. We can be proud that our Toronto is a place which inspires tolerance, belonging, and acceptance amongst us all. Come celebrate and be proud of who you are.