Toronto Pride is one of North America’s biggest pride events complete with a 3-day multi-stage festival, a parade, a Trans march, and local events (although these events took a hiatus after the 2020 pandemic.) The centre of the festival usually takes place in the Church and Wellesley Village while the parades and marches take place along the nearby Yonge Street, Gerrard Street and Bloor Street. The festival often covers a span of 22 city blocks and has been estimated to get anywhere from 500,000 to 1 million attendees. Fun Fact: The first parade was in June 1981.
The Pride Festival is happening from Friday June 23rd to Sunday June 25th with an excellent line up of local and international artists in a variety of different genres that’ll sure to keep the vibes going all evening long. Headlining Friday will be Saucy Santana, Saturday will be Sasha Colby and Sunday will have Lights.
The festivities don’t stop there. Pride events are happening all month long with special exhibits like Joy. Sorrow. Anger. Love. Pride. A Celebration of Toronto Pride from the 1970s, which has their opening night reception on June 1st. There will also be a Pride Pool Party event, a Movie Night and a Royal Tea Kick off Event. Their full calendar is available here.