host a picnic to unite the queer community. This one gathering grew annually, and in 1974 it became Toronto’s first ‘Pride Week’ with a march down Queen Street in support of Gay Rights.
20 years later, Toronto hosted WorldPride 2014 after winning 78% of the vote at the 28th Annual conference of InterPride. The 2014 Pride festivities saw the three marches we all know – the Trans march, the Dyke march, and the WorldPride Parade, with the Trans march and the Dyke march being the most political of the three. All three marches are the longest of their kind in Canadian history with over 12,000 people registered to march in the WorldPride parade and over 280 floats in a parade, which lasted over five hours, making it one of the longest parades in Canadian history. The festivities were capped off when a rainbow graced the skies of Toronto.
The parade coincides with the PRIDE Toronto Street Fair which takes over Church Street from Carlton Street to Dundas Street from June 22nd to 24th.
The festival guide for #prideTO is available on pridetoronto.com and details the events being held month long, culminating in the Pride Festival June 22nd-24th 2018.