Start: Church and Bloor Street
End: Yonge-Dundas Square
Pride Toronto is one of the largest Pride celebrations in North America and has become a major Canadian arts and cultural event. Pride Toronto started in 1981, and since then it has evolved into an incredibly lively celebration in the city that continues to attract loads of party enthusiasts from near and far. Everything culminates to the annual Toronto Pride Parade which is said to attract around 1.2 million spectators each year.
June 2019 will actually be Toronto’s fourth Pride Month, with events running right up until Toronto Pride which is the climax of these LGBTQ activities. Gay Pride Toronto 2019 will honor 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising, and offer an exciting program catered to various tastes. While Toronto Pride offers a series of exciting LGBTQ events for an entire month, the majority of action takes place over the weekend of June 21 - 23.
The popular Yes, Yes Y'all Block Party will kicking things off on the Friday night (June 21), on the Bud Light Wellesley Stage in the heart of Toronto's gay area. Running from 7pm to 2am, you can look forward to live entertainment reflecting the genres of Hip Hop, Dancehall, and R&B. If pop anthems are more your thing, head on over to OLG Central Stage for Electric Circus, which will run from 7pm to 2am, and bring the original Electric Circus spirit to The Village. Enjoy a marathon of 90s anthems from DJs Vanessa and Pam, then dance the night away to house tunes curated by DJ Jo Jo Flores.
The highlight of Toronto Pride, however, is arguably the Toronto Pride Parade 2019, which will transpire on Sunday, June 23. Kicking off at 2pm on the corner of Church and Bloor Streets, the parade will travel down Yonge Street before winding things up at the Dundas Square stage. The colorful event will welcome performances, floats and thousands of marchers making it one of the largest of its kind in North America.
Along with the Pride Parade Toronto 2019, the entire weekend will also be host to a range of entertainment options catered to various tastes. On Saturday, June 22, from 6pm to 11pm, you can enjoy Drag Ball at the TD Main Stage, which will include a performance by RuPaul Drag Queen, Brooke Lynn Hytes. Over the course of the entire weekend, The Village will also be hosting DJ Station at the intersection of Church and Wood Streets. The corner will welcome the city’s finest DJ collectives all weekend long, so you will never be left with a shortage of places to go dancing.
Family Pride will also be taking place on both the Saturday and Sunday (June 22 & 23) at the Church Street Public School from 10am to 4pm. This will be the perfect occasion to celebrate LGBTQ families, with the event offering an exciting program of activities and events catered to tweens and teens!
So if you are ready to experience your pride in epic proportions this year, head to Toronto Pride 2019, and have an experience to remember.
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