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Photos of the 2011 Toronto Pride Parade

Posted by Jennifer Tse / July 4, 2011

Pride Parade Toronto 2011The 2011 Pride Parade in Toronto transformed Yonge into a rainbow-coloured street party as members and supporters of Toronto's queer community marched, danced, and showered onlookers with whistles, condoms, tote bags, and Mardi Gras beads.

Toronto Pride Parade 2011This year's celebrations began at Bloor and Church, winding down Yonge and finishing at Gerrard and Church. Participants included student and business groups as well as a cast of lively LGBTTIQQ2SA performers and community members.

Toronto Pride Parade 2011Marching bands and drummer groups produced lively music throughout. Pop songs (a common favourite being Lady Gaga's Born This Way) boomed from giant stereos as performers danced atop them. Cheers and whistles arose from the crowd as floats became more colourful and wild.

Pride Toronto 2011As having over a million attendees would suggest, Yonge's sidewalks were soon crammed so full of parade-watchers that people going about their usual business could only walk in single file on each side. The predicted 30-degree high felt like at least 10 higher when onlookers stood sandwiched amongst themselves.

Pride Parade Toronto 2011Unsurprisingly, the spotlight did turn to the Mayor Rob Ford now and again: some participants wore (fairly creepy) cut-out masks of Ford's face as they marched down the street. One pickup truck even read, "We found Waldo...but where's Rob Ford?"

Pride Toronto 2011 ParadeInstead, former mayor David Miller was the media darling of the day, sporting a rainbow tie and taking the hits from trigger-happy kids with Super Soakers in stride.

It remains to be seen whether or not our current mayor's decision to skip Pride will have long-term political consequences, but it's clear that his absence didn't dampen the collective spirit at the parade. If anything, his snub buoyed those in attendance, and served as a timely reminder of Pride's origins and why it remains such a crucial event in this city.


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Marlon / July 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm
my sympathy to the poor folks whose poor upbringing force them to fear such a joyous, open, and unified occasion.

Sexuality isn't evil.
Jordan / July 3, 2011 at 11:10 pm
I don't understand why they are so upset that Rob Ford didn't show. Why would they want someone who doesn't want to be there, to be there? I think it would probably be pretty lousy to have someone who doesn't want to be at my thing (whatever it is, gay pride event, birthday party, small get together with friends) be there.

Would it really be better for Rob Ford to show up, and everyone know he is faking wanting to be there? Or worse, NOT faking he wants to be there and just being grumpy? I think it's best that he didn't go, but rather stayed away and let Pride be Pride uninterrupted.
glad / July 3, 2011 at 11:13 pm
I for one was glad ford did not show up, i would feel sorry for the float or car that would have to carry him. the horror.
Linda / July 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm
Great photos, amazing event! The energy was great today. One would expect the city's mayor to attend one of the biggest events hosted by the city. If former mayor David Miller can make an appearance and Elizabeth May can fly all the way from B.C., the least Rob Ford can do is skip a weekend at Muskoka.
Monica / July 3, 2011 at 11:28 pm
My upbringing did not teach me to roam around the streets almost naked. I don't see how that is supposed to help the cause of bringing gay issues to the forefront. Why do we need to have a pride party? If people are still facing rejection in society due to their sexual orientation, there has to be better ways to spread awareness and gain support.
Marlon / July 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm
Good for you Monica. Unfortunate your upbringing makes you feel the need to judge those who do 'roam the street almost naked'. Pride is also about being not being ashamed of your body loving others and if you are proud of you who you are sharing with others and not having to cover up or feel shame. It's actually great. You missed out.

Does an almost naked body make you uncomfortable? And if so why?
mytake replying to a comment from glad / July 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm
come on, it's time to stop picking on the guys weight - he has enough (more than enough) legitimate faults that can be picked upon to not go there.

here's my take:

ford could have attended any small festivity in the week leading up to pride and this would have all blown over - it would have been good politics - but, he didn't.
Why? because, i think the evidence shows, he fundamentally disagrees with homosexuality and all its trimmings. He's too much of a coward to admit to these beliefs (when sober) so he has hidden his head under the covers like a child for the last week hoping all the fabulous bogeymen would just go away.
The thing to know about ford is that he basically is a child - he is stubborn, prone to tantrums when he doesn't get his way, resorts to lying through his teeth to get out of hot water when confronted and he runs away and avoids his problems or has somebody else (mommy, big brother) deal with them for him.

oh, and he's dumb as %$#* - like a child, but at least children are still developing - rob stopped developing a LONG time ago.
Kim / July 3, 2011 at 11:45 pm
pride brought in 140m. more than all the programs ford has cut so far have saved us. Worth consideration.
Monica replying to a comment from Marlon / July 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm
I think there is a certain amount of decency required in public conduct. It's like saying would people making love in a public library at the desk next to you make you uncomfortable. If yes, why? If you want to be taken seriously with regards to certain important issues, concentrating on them becomes a little hard over the other attention seeking antics.
dolladollabills replying to a comment from Kim / July 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm
pretty good return on a $150,000 dollar investment eh mammoliti?
how much will the *ahem* erection of your massive flag pole in north york cost/bring in?
Marlon / July 3, 2011 at 11:57 pm
Pride isn't a library. There is a time and there is a place. Pride is it.

@ s, are you sure you aren't just a ford nation troll trying to discredit actual arguments against ford?
Eric / July 3, 2011 at 11:58 pm
There seems to be a lot of hate and judgement about Rob Ford's body from a group who just had an event about acceptance and pride of ones sexuality and body.

After all the negative comments made so publicly about his body if I were him I wouldn't want to come to this event either. Half the people are mostly undressed, and a lot of them look pretty damn good. I'd be ashamed and afraid of what people would say about me.

And after some of the signs about his weight that were it wouldn't convince me to go next year either.
Sal / July 4, 2011 at 12:04 am
Signs about his weight? Missed that. Proof please.
Mhm / July 4, 2011 at 12:04 am
Yes Eric every single person at pride has made fun of Ford's physical appearance. I am sure you stopped and talked to every single person there and found out for yourself. I can't wait to read your report.

You actually made a less than flattering comment about him yourself, comparing the "pretty damn good" looking people to Ford. And that he should feel shame. Shame on you.

There are idiots in ever batch. Try not to lump everyone in together k?
hendrix replying to a comment from Eric / July 4, 2011 at 12:12 am
Eric -- you don't really get it do you? The point is not being ashamed. If Ford took the parade in stride and understood its nature and origins, he would feel less ashamed of himself, not more.

I saw one chubby woman with cones on her breasts, wrapped up in crime scene tape. I don't think Ford would have anything to worry about.

The reactions people did give to Ford during the parade come from his chosen absence -- it wouldn't have been that way if he had attended.

But of course this is Ford being calculating about his politics. He figures if he ignores the parade it doesn't hurt his chances downtown in the next election (people downtown didn't vote for him) and instead he looks good in the suburbs, where his support lies.
Sal / July 4, 2011 at 12:13 am
Signs about his weight? Missed those. Proof please?
Niloufar / July 4, 2011 at 12:19 am
Great day! Great event! beautiful people! Love you Torontonians and you Bike Riding Pinkos xxx
John / July 4, 2011 at 12:47 am
I'm not sure of the dates for Pride 2012, but if it doesn't overlap Canada day it will be really interesting to see if Ford attends.
More / July 4, 2011 at 04:04 am
He had all week to attend anything. He repeated used the word 'family' and ' tradition'. This wasn't just about his cottage. Keep in mind he is the same guy who refused to fund aids treatment because 'if you aren't gay or using needles you probably won't catch aids.'
misanthrope / July 4, 2011 at 05:18 am
Rob Ford would have fit right in at the parade. I have never seen so many fat and ugly people in one place.
steve replying to a comment from imonone / July 4, 2011 at 06:06 am
damn I missed that, and I was all over the place.
JM replying to a comment from imonone / July 4, 2011 at 06:14 am
LOL what?
steve replying to a comment from Monica / July 4, 2011 at 06:17 am
it all depends how you describe 'decency' It is a judgement call, the courts are generally the arbitrator for that.

It is highly unlikely, actually would never happen, that any kind of progress to equal rights would be given if you sit back and not make yourself heard.
No one is going to suddenly say look at all those nice homosexuals lets grant them the same freedoms I have and make them an equal part of society. If that could happen it would have happen decades before and pride would not be as big and important event around the world.

Besides who's asking for your acceptance, I do not give a f* if you accept me. I want the same rights and privileges afforded everyone. I want the freedom to be able to safely walk down street.
FatAcceptance / July 4, 2011 at 08:18 am
All the comments about Ford's weight are disgusting. Why would he show when self-obsessed queers are mocking him nonstop?
well replying to a comment from FatAcceptance / July 4, 2011 at 08:24 am
the day he stops being anti-gay, will be the day I stop making fun of his weight.
auditorydamage / July 4, 2011 at 08:36 am
People dancing and partying in the streets == won't someone PLEASE think of the children??!!!??

People beating the pus out of each other in octagons and on the ice == family-friendly fun, bring the kids!

...but seriously, I was happy to see the number of families that attended. We celebrate violence too often, love too little. These kids will likely have fewer prejudices and bigotry toward non-heteronormative, non-cisgendered people in the future. Start sweating bigots, your time is running out!

Re: Ford's weight... fat people take more than enough crap for stupid reasons. Ford's consistently poor judgement is worthier of criticism.
Monica replying to a comment from steve / July 4, 2011 at 08:41 am
I hear you...I would want the same rights and privileges for you too in fact any minority that feels wrongly discriminated against. I am just more used to seeing those minorities take action through processions and marches holding placards and working hard to bring the 'real' issues to the forefront of everyone's attention. I don't see them holding a huge party, dressing up and dancing around. But if this approach 'actually' works for you, then its a great idea. We need to have more parties in the city.
FatAcceptance replying to a comment from well / July 4, 2011 at 08:44 am
I'll end up voting for Ford just because the Pinko, gay green-party contingent has continued to bash his weight. What's the difference between wishing "our obese mayor drowned at the cottage" and suggesting that the LGBT contingent catch AIDS and die?
steve replying to a comment from FatAcceptance / July 4, 2011 at 08:48 am
Not much. So then why do you support such an attitude? Why is one persons wiews that of all.
Kind of sad to live believing in guilty until proven innocent, and guilty by association
Then replying to a comment from FatAcceptance / July 4, 2011 at 08:57 am
Then you are no different then us in all due reality. we both either spew or support someone else hate and bigotry.
Dr. Spock / July 4, 2011 at 09:16 am
do some here have daddy issues they would like to talk about? I feel some redirection of childhood anger being cast in numerous directions. Maybe when everyone's hangover has subsided and we've all had a nice long shower we can all get together and talk about our painful issues and past experiences so that we no longer need to project our fears and insecurities through anger, insensitivity and thoughtlessness. And we can finally take some responsibility for our own actions and thoughts instead of just casting judgement on everyone else's.

Bear Hugger / July 4, 2011 at 09:19 am
I think that Rob Ford fella is kinda cute. Too bad he didn't show up. I would have given him a giant bear hug. grrrr...
Joe Straight / July 4, 2011 at 10:03 am
It was fun. I just wish the media stopped repeating that ridiculous marketing claim that over one million attended the parade. It's physically impossible.

I suppose it's possible (though not likely) that up to a million people attended all of Pride festivities over a week. But for there to be a million people attending the parade, they'd have to be crammed 125 deep on each side of the street, with 2 people per each 1 metre frontage. That's impossible.
Kyle replying to a comment from Jordan / July 4, 2011 at 10:44 am
Personally, I'm upset that the mayor of our great city did not WANT to attend in the first place. You're right, who wants attendees with lack of spirit at an event like Pride? It's too bad that, with such an amazing Pride Week as Toronto is known for, our mayor has no interest in taking part.
Dave replying to a comment from Monica / July 4, 2011 at 11:26 am
well the party/parade got your attention, so it seems to be strategy that's working!
Ken / July 4, 2011 at 11:51 am
The true statesmen/women were at Pride: Miller, Hall,
Smitherman,Burke, Layton, others ? pls add.
Ken / July 4, 2011 at 11:52 am
The true statesmen/women were at Pride: Miller, Hall,
Smitherman,Burke, Layton, others ? pls add.
Monica replying to a comment from Dave / July 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm
Yup the party definitely got my attention. So did the riots in Vancouver. What's your point?
Alberta Boy / July 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm
You fruits need to relax. I think Ford will be a great Mayor for Toronto. Why would he give up a weekend with his family to watch guys in leather jockstraps grind each other?
Marlon replying to a comment from Monica / July 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm
now you are comparing people dancing singing kissing and having a good time to celebrate freedoms earned to people smashing cars, storefronts and each other because their hockey team loss the final. you are so off base i'm beginning to suspect you are just pulling our leg.
Marlon replying to a comment from Alberta Boy / July 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm
sorry alberta your opinion is valued here. go poke a cow
Somehow I doubt it though ... / July 4, 2011 at 01:17 pm
Hey Monica, I hope that you will be clutching your pearls just as tightly come Caribana time - lots of scantily clad exhibitionist heterosexuals there ...
cinova / July 4, 2011 at 01:19 pm
well said auditorydamagae and marlon...the contrast between yesterday's peaceful carnival atmosphere and the post-hockey aggression and mayhem is fascinating and a true reflection of where the problems lie in our society
josher / July 4, 2011 at 01:46 pm
Reading these comments and the ones on the globe, the mayor has legitimized hate, intolerance and bigoted behaviour towards the LBGT community.
keven replying to a comment from Monica / July 4, 2011 at 02:17 pm
"processions and marches holding placards and working hard to bring the 'real' issues to the forefront of everyone's attention"

Maybe you should actually GO to a Pride first before you judge it. There are placards EVERYWHERE.

Processions/Marches - What the hell do you think the parade is?

Just because it's not a solemn event, doesn't mean it's not political. You have no idea what you're talking about cause you just look at the pictures on the Globe site and pass judgement w/o attending. Your comments are so full of judgement and self-panic it's hilarious.
Bob / July 4, 2011 at 02:27 pm
Seems like BlogTO missed photos like this:

Am I a hateful homophobe if I object to things like this a a publicly funded parade?
Who cares replying to a comment from Bob / July 4, 2011 at 02:31 pm
So what? You see the same stuff at Caribana
Rob replying to a comment from Who cares / July 4, 2011 at 02:36 pm
Lies. Find me a picture of exposed genitals at Caribana.
Tobias / July 4, 2011 at 02:40 pm
I am finding it just as difficult to have contrary opinions with gay rights activists as with people who fervently believe in god.  I just want to be able to have a pleasant disagreement where both the other person and myself can state our case. Calling a person homophobic for having a contrary opinion is inappropriate. Just because someone does not agree with you does not mean they are afraid of you. Everyone has the right to express a contrary opinion as this parade celebrates every year. I strongly disagree however the parade should allow itself to be used to facilitate a politically charged message such as with the anti israeli party crashers and stick to the original purpose of the event. When the event will overlap Canada day pride organizers should really consider altering the start date as to not intrude on a national holiday and allow canadians to enjoy two kinds of pride, both very personal. Give people the courtesy of not having to choose between the two. Otherwise have respect for the choices people make if you want others to respect the choices you have made.
Truth / July 4, 2011 at 02:44 pm
Gay Pride must be the saddest oxymoron of our time. The fact that these people constantly demand the affirmation of public figures suggests to me deep a seated shame and insecurity which they are incapable of admitting to. While I feel sorry for these people in their quest for the public acceptance they will never achieve, I have utter contempt for those who exploit their affliction for personal gain, business or political. However, this is merely a temporary phenomena. In a few generations sharia law will put an end to this short-lived victory, once and for all, and we'll see just how shallow the support is for gay rights in the multi-cultural Canada of the future. At that time, the indifference shown by the likes of Rob Ford will by comparison seem like liberation.
auditorydamage replying to a comment from Bob / July 4, 2011 at 02:49 pm
I'm perfectly fine with people appearing in as many, or as few, clothes as they wish at a publicly-funded parade celebrating love and diversity. I paid for it too. It's genitalia and breasts. Whoopty-doo. It won't destroy Teh Childrenz!!!1!!11 brains or anything, and if you're actually afraid that your kids will try to go to school without pants as a result of seeing something similar to the image you posted, it's your job to educate them about appropriate behaviour at appropriate times.
Greena / July 4, 2011 at 03:08 pm
I attended my first pride parade yesterday, and had a blast. I cannot wait for next year! I also cannot believe I have been missing this for so many years! I was for truely happy to see so many people out and about.
Bless all who came and those who couldn't.
Ah heck, bless those who didn't want to come; the party was better without you!
jashik / July 4, 2011 at 05:06 pm
I guess those who didn't show up to the parade are all homophobes. Sorry but I chose to spend time with family. Will everyone please forgive me for putting my family first?
Taylor / July 4, 2011 at 05:46 pm
Well, we're going to skip Canada Day next year and try Pride instead.

We were noticing how women were using baby strollers as weapons at Ontario Place, and along the Lakeshore against the Canada Day crowds and sure enough one FINALLY got busted on the subway today. We're new to Toronto and we were shocked by it, among other angry and violent people. (I could write an article on my upsetting experiences on that day).

In contrast, pink hair, water guns, Lady Gaga, and a safe, fun environment sound promising to me. I don't even care about any of these political issues. I just want to go to a fun party. Boobies and leather weiners don't scare me. haha
Jim / July 4, 2011 at 06:29 pm
I knew David Miller was a gay lord.. I just knew it.
steve replying to a comment from Jim / July 4, 2011 at 06:32 pm
what the hell is a 'Gay Lord'?
jim's son replying to a comment from Jim / July 4, 2011 at 08:14 pm
Oh, real mature Jim.
jocelyn / July 4, 2011 at 08:53 pm
I did not understand how the gay community is oppressed until this year when Ford did not attend the parade because of his homophobic attitudes. For the first time, I understand now that gays are still oppressed and unfortunately hated by some bigots and fundamnetalist Christians and are not still safe. This made me support their rights more because honestly, I had started to believe that our society has accepted them, but now the mayor of the largest city in our country avoids the parade, and proves that homophobia is ripe. Especially with Momolitti and his video camera and that he is going to ask Ford to cut all funds for parade.
Rob / July 4, 2011 at 09:21 pm
I can't believe how severely the gay community has reacted to Rob Ford's decision to sit out Pride. Sure, it would be nice to have him carry on the tradition but he just doesn't want to. It's a non-issue.

If I threw a party and a public leader declined my invitation I wouldn't bitch and moan about it. The parade and surrounding events have been a huge success this year, without our mayor being there. Maybe we can focus on real issues affecting the gay community, instead of crucifying someone who we already knew was a bit of a troglodyte.

If you are offended that he didn't come to party with you, you can vote for someone else next time around. In the interim, focus your energy on something important.
Silver replying to a comment from Bob / July 4, 2011 at 09:59 pm
Your an idiot..... There's nothing illegal or wrong with going topless!! Or is it an issue because its done by someone who is a trans gender? Pretty sure that's where your excuse of a complaint is coming from.
Tracy / July 5, 2011 at 08:24 am
The pride crowd are very clear that you are only entitled to their opinion of accepting their lifestyle and promoting it as wonderful without any negatives. Is that not bigotry? If there was 1,000,000 people at the parade, why is the Santa Claus parade route 6 times longer but gets 1,000,000 visitors? It is known fact that homosexuality and lesbianism are very destructive to most who practice it. The pride people are entitled to their opinion and freedom to be that way though they should not ram it down everyone's throat
steve / July 5, 2011 at 08:32 am

'It is known fact that homosexuality and lesbianism are very destructive to most who practice it'

Did a web search found no valid information to support that claim. Please inform me were you got that information from
steve / July 5, 2011 at 08:35 am
"The pride crowd are very clear that you are only entitled to their opinion of accepting their lifestyle and promoting it as wonderful without any negatives"

Since the pride crowd was overwhelming not from the LGBT community, would be easy to say only 30% were. SO then everyone with a lifestyle has their own opnion of themselves to promote. is that not called society?
Tom replying to a comment from Tracy / July 5, 2011 at 08:55 am
"It is known fact that homosexuality and lesbianism are very destructive to most who practice it."

We practice it? It's destructive? Interesting, I'd put my properity, both economically and socially, up againt yours any day tracy.

I'm not really asure what planet you're on, but it's bizarre and quite possibly a rehash of our world circa 1500's. How did you build your time machine, and where is it now?
Tom replying to a comment from Rob / July 5, 2011 at 08:58 am
When was the last time you "threw a party" that netted hundreds fo thousands of attendees, millions in dollars in revenue for local businesses and brought to the forefront civil rights for a large swath of the people?
keven replying to a comment from Tracy / July 5, 2011 at 10:23 am
is it bigotry? Ummm no. Familiarize yourself with "dem big wurds ur usin' thar Tracey"
rob ford's mother / July 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm
shame on you all you misled derelicts
the parade needs to be cancelled
what a bunch of trash
i am ashamed to be a torontonian
and canadian
even the parade is lousy
rather watch gillian's island or littlest hobo
please all of you move to another planet
rob ford's mother / July 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm
also please leave my lovely robby alone
he really was at the cottage with us
rob ford's mother / July 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm
please leave my lovely robby alone
he really was at the cottage with us
Fantomex replying to a comment from mytake / July 8, 2011 at 04:42 am
You nailed it on the head, completely.

@rob ford's mother: Stop mollycoddling your son, please, and make him grow up to face his responsibilities of running this city.
mike / July 9, 2011 at 02:41 am
The parade was a joke
mike / July 9, 2011 at 03:09 am
The Parade is an embarrassment to all the same sex couples and single (gays) who live and work in Ontario.

The mess you see downtown is in no way a reflection of the majority of gays who live in Ontario.

The people you saw at the parade are on drugs 365 days a year. They all smoke pot and some do harder stuff.

Fantomex replying to a comment from mike / July 9, 2011 at 07:35 am
Mike, the only embarrassment is you and people like you who hate the parade, are homophobic, and voted for Rob Ford. That's all there is to it. Now stop trolling this board with your racist and sexist bullshit.
marlon replying to a comment from mike / July 9, 2011 at 08:10 am
Mike you don't speak for the gay community at all, who are you kidding? Gays in Ontario bs the mess downtown, you losers need to get over your inferiority complex. And stop acting like you have a clue who these people are or what their lifestyle is you fucking spectator.
marlon replying to a comment from mike / July 9, 2011 at 08:11 am
Bs = vs
Ralph / July 10, 2011 at 12:52 am
I'm from Los Angeles visited Toronto for the Pride. I had too much "clean" fun in TO. Loved the events and street fairs. Loved the gay pride too. I was really curious whose mask face some people were wearing during the parade and I was very disappointed to learn that thats the
Mayor of TO. How come he won the government position if he's anti-gay in the first place. I thought TO was one of the cities that has biggest gay population in the world and the mayor is anti-gay? Whatta shame.
Jennifer / July 20, 2011 at 04:52 pm
Did you spend Canada Day at the cottage with the family instead of at Pride? Catch it all in 3D; it’ll be almost like you were there.
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