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What's new for Pride Toronto 2013

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / June 22, 2013

Pride Toronto 2013Pride is huge in Toronto, and it's annual events like the parade that act as a major draw to the festival year after year. But, in its 33rd year and as part of the lead-up to World Pride 2014, the festival will be doing a few things differently this year.

Entertainment at Yonge-Dundas Square
This is the first year for a post-parade pop up party in the square. Reggae/R&B singer Diana King is one of the major headliners. Hailing from Jamaica, King won an OutMusic award last year after coming out publicly. She will be accompanied by several other performers from Canada and around the world. All post-parade entertainment at Yonge-Dundas will be free admission.

Trans folk will march down Yonge St.
Members of Toronto's trans community have been campaigning to march down Yonge St. since the Trans March started in 2009. They were denied each year, but this year, they will reign victorious, as they have finally been given the right to do so after the city gave in to pressure from activists.

World Pride 2014 Contest
In case this tidbit has failed to compute thus far, you heard it here first: Toronto is hosting World Pride next summer. It's going to be carazay. Out of towners can rejoice, as there's an all-expenses paid trip to the city up for grabs. And if you live in town and win it, you can give it to a friend or family member who could use it.

Extended Parade route
For the first time, the parade route will be extended all the way down to Yonge-Dundas Square this year, and will culminate in the aforementioned entertainment. (It will start at its customary spot at Church and Bloor). Organizers expect the extension will make the parade route a lot less crowded, so getting a glimpse of the sexy marchers and floats won't be such a struggle.

The 519 gets the party started
The 519 community centre is a popular place to wind up after the parade. Each year, their beer garden is packed, but the lineups are horrendous. So they decided to do something about it—they took over the Ryerson quad, which will make room for twice as many partiers.

Discussion

17 Comments

Gabe / June 22, 2013 at 11:17 am
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When is Pride? Didn't see any dates in this post.
Mel / June 22, 2013 at 11:39 am
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Type in Google - "pride" "Toronto" "dates" and it will take you right to the Pride website. All info is there.
Cori / June 22, 2013 at 02:11 pm
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Live Proud & Let Love Toronto!
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=375800105854856
Gai / June 22, 2013 at 09:00 pm
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June 21 - June 30
http://www.pridetoronto.com
Gabe replying to a comment from Gai / June 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm
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Thanks Mel & Gai, great help.

You have to admit it would be best if they had
the day and time shown right after the event titlee
on this blog post. Great post
Gabe replying to a comment from Mel / June 23, 2013 at 12:51 am
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Sure I can go to google and leave BlogTO if that's what your suggesting BUT I'm sure they'd rather keep me on this site. So it'd be alot easier for BlogTO to post the hours than for alot of visitors to this blog leave to go elsewhere just to find the time or location.
Gabe replying to a comment from Mel / June 23, 2013 at 12:53 am
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Good strategy Mel - go to google? You're right why am I on this site...
Steven / June 23, 2013 at 12:58 am
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Remember the good old days when Toronto celebrated CANADA DAY?

Now it's this....
Johnny Tronno / June 23, 2013 at 09:53 am
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Extended route?

I thought it had already turned at Yonge/Dundas and dispersed at Church/Dundas?

If it 'stops' at Dundas, it's technically shorter. People would line Dundas all the way over to Church. Now it's shorter, not longer.
LooLoo replying to a comment from Steven / June 23, 2013 at 02:43 pm
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I agree with you.

Pride is a GREAT event for Toronto. The whole community celebrates which is beautiful. I just wish people would put more people would put more and this much effort into celebrating our nation's birthday: CANADA DAY.

For shame, you left wing internationalists. FOR SHAME.
Tom in Vancouver / June 23, 2013 at 04:57 pm
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Toronto WorldPride 2014 Contest :

First Prize - 1 week in Toronto
Second Prize - 2 weeks in Toronto
Marc replying to a comment from Steven / June 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm
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People would celebrate Canada Day if they made Canada Day worth celebrating.

Nothing wrong with nationalistic rituals if people actually turned their rhetoric into action. Instead, we spend most of our time slinging mud between provinces and arguing about who is playing the largest part in ruining Canada.

Perhaps a great Canada Day celebration would be us, collectively as a nation, invading the internet to complain more than usual (tenfold, I say).

Pride didn't stop people from celebrating Canada Day. People stopped celebrating Canada Day because it was a myth.
steve replying to a comment from Steven / June 24, 2013 at 07:15 am
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Just because you don't celebrate Canada Day does not mean many other don't. There is much Canada Day themed events. Take a break from the efforts to degenerate and take a look around.
Robert replying to a comment from Steven / June 24, 2013 at 02:15 pm
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If your were to check a calender, I will pause here and let you get one............
..........Pride week is from June 21 to June 3oth, Canada Day is July 1st. Did you see that, Pride week ends before Canada day, no over lapping of events.
Freebies / June 26, 2013 at 01:15 pm
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I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your sites
really nice, keep it up! I'll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back down the road. All the best
Brent / June 28, 2013 at 10:40 am
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If people want to celebrate Canada day there are events in Toronto, just search the cities website Toronto.ca/events

It is ridiculous to bring this subject up in regards to pride, it looks like homophobia to me,,, just like the people who say why don't we have straight day.....
Mattus / June 28, 2013 at 05:13 pm
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let's ignore the fact that at the parade that champions itself on being tolerant and accepting is letting the hate group QuAIA march. Well done Toronto.

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