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65 memories from Toronto Pride 2013

Posted by Staff / July 2, 2013

Toronto PrideToronto Pride has come and gone for another year. The 33rd edition was definitely one to remember and we've got some photos that help tell the story. Thanks to the more than 2,800 of you that tagged your Instagram photos with the #PrideTO hashtag, we've selected our favourites from the Pride Toronto 2013 stream into one easy to browse post below. From dogs to flags to Trudeau spotting, here are our highly curated list of memories from the 2013 edition of Toronto Pride.

See also:

Photos from the 2013 Toronto Pride Parade
Photos from the 2013 Toronto Dyke March


Pride Parade FlagPhoto by pierrenick

Pride FlagPhoto by mariabustoss

Pride Flag TorontoPhoto by Hawkshep

Pride FlagPhoto by Patagonia Toronto

Pride FlagPhoto by Chrisario


Pride peoplePhoto by the2scoops

Pride peoplePhoto by fultz_j

Pride peoplePhoto by loveloki

Pride peoplePhoto by lovesey

Pride peoplePhoto by annietrans2

Pride peoplePhoto by chubbybunnyballgags

Pride peoplePhoto by sarah_faye_


Pride partiesPhoto by djcajjmerewray

Pride partiesPhoto by jplarocque


Pride CrowdsPhoto by jasonparis

Pride CrowdsPhoto by meryletrouble

Pride CrowdsPhoto by patsearle

Pride CrowdsPhoto by itsmarky5

Pride CrowdsPhoto by jockeyogaguy

Pride CrowdsPhoto by speedisdeceiving

Pride CrowdsPhoto by lolitaandedgar

Pride CrowdsPhoto by che2


Toronto PridePhoto by carmacide

Toronto PridePhoto by jenniferhollett

Toronto PridePhoto by mrwillwong

Toronto PridePhoto by scottyhons

Toronto PridePhoto by _omgmilo


Toronto PridePhoto by tammy12step

Toronto PridePhoto by nympsam

Toronto PridePhoto by katemccarroll

Toronto PridePhoto by naeedasky

Toronto PridePhoto by missperrotta

Toronto PridePhoto by ssource6


Toronto PridePhoto by danncarpio

Toronto PridePhoto by thednamag


Toronto PridePhoto by paulinewong_click

Toronto PridePhoto by m_corcoran

Toronto PridePhoto by katlangdon

Toronto PridePhoto by chef123

Toronto PridePhoto by lepeches

Toronto PridePhoto by jillflake

Toronto PridePhoto by yfslocal68


Toronto PridePhoto by loveloki

Toronto PridePhoto by emphatical

Toronto PridePhoto by alw1981

Toronto PridePhoto by thebosn1an


Toronto PridePhoto by ascotti10

Toronto PridePhoto by wherewebreathe

Toronto PridePhoto by tinkerkat

Toronto PridePhoto by jthirgood

Toronto PridePhoto by zangtai_taizo

Toronto PridePhoto by andreachiu


Pride CN TowerPhoto by _anubha

Pride CN TowerPhoto by jabrown0586

Pride CN TowerPhoto by thelacepalette


JUSTIN TRUDEAU PRIDEPhoto by ascotti10


JUSTIN TRUDEAU PRIDEPhoto by justinpjtrudeau

JUSTIN TRUDEAU PRIDEPhoto by mitchelraphael


Rob Ford PridePhoto by jennaygram

Rob Ford PridePhoto by dws416

Rob Ford PridePhoto by jvanilly

View thousands or more memories from Pride in our Pride Toronto 2013 Stream.

Lead photo by the petermao



NotAHater / July 2, 2013 at 04:43 pm
Can someone remind me why public full frontal nudity, which is otherwise illegal, is seemingly OK at Pride? Why is this glossed over? What does this have to do with gay rights? How can anyone pretend this is a "family" event?

I'm not hating, but I'd like someone to explain this...seems like it's just an excuse for some pervs to expose themselves. One can be proud of their sexuality without being lewd.
blatanville / July 2, 2013 at 04:46 pm
I'm sure you've compensated all of the photographers, or at least secured their permission to use their images, right?
Damien replying to a comment from NotAHater / July 2, 2013 at 04:49 pm
Who cares what other people do, do what you want to do.
NotAHater replying to a comment from Damien / July 2, 2013 at 04:53 pm
Amazing response. Does this apply to everything in life, or...?

To answer your question, the Crown cares.
NotAHater replying to a comment from matts / July 2, 2013 at 05:02 pm
LOL..amazing..and a very good point.
blatanville replying to a comment from matts / July 2, 2013 at 05:03 pm
Kelly replying to a comment from NotAHater / July 2, 2013 at 05:10 pm
In Canada, it is illegal to be nude in a public place, or while on private property but exposed to public view.

But I'm not so sure I think it's a good use of police time and public funds and the courts to prosecute or even ticket people for public nudity. I mean in the scheme of things, it's not a big deal.

BTW the Pride parade is a celebration of sexuality and community, not sure when people decided it was a family event akin to a day at Disney. It's not so keep yourself and your kids home if you're the easily easily offended provincial sort.
Tim replying to a comment from blatanville / July 2, 2013 at 05:15 pm
These photos are a curated selection from our Stream you can find here:

To end up in the stream the photographer has either uploaded them directly to the site or used the Stream hashtag on Instagram.
patriot / July 2, 2013 at 05:21 pm
I agree with NotAHater. I am not afraid to say it. I daresay most people who behave this way are simply afraid of being labeled as homophobic or politically incorrect.
Robert replying to a comment from NotAHater / July 2, 2013 at 05:37 pm
You do know what "The Onion' is?
itslegal replying to a comment from NotAHater / July 2, 2013 at 06:03 pm
Nudity is not illegal in Canada. "Indecent acts" are. It would be up to a judge to decide if what the person was doing was considered indecent—but nudity on its own isn't.
itslegal replying to a comment from NotAHater / July 2, 2013 at 06:04 pm
it doesn't.
shutterjet / July 2, 2013 at 06:07 pm
Thanks for deleting my comment. Perhaps i'll just post it again. I've also taken screen grabs of all my images that you used without my permission.

Of course I want them removed promptly!! I cover this event with a real camera for several organizations. My cellphone images are not here for you to grab illegally and use as you like and #PrideTO is not a hashtag that you have any claim to. None of these images belong to you! Try asking for permission next time.

And by the way, it's perfectly possible for you to cover Pride events with 1-2 actual photographers. If you could see my galleries and other pro galleries from Trans March, Dyke March, the Pride parade AND the Village Fair, I'd be hard pressed to call it 'narrow' coverage. You do a great insult to professional photographers and frankly I'm embarrassed to have even my cellphone photos posted here promoting YOUR blog. We bust our asses out there to provide great coverage.

Please promptly remove images by shutterjet and rufusthedoofus, who is my dog by the way, those are both my accounts. I don't approve and neither does my dog.
think replying to a comment from NotAHater / July 2, 2013 at 06:49 pm
because it isn't lewd. it's just the same as teh world naked bike ride.
as long as you're not touching yourself, or have a raging hard on, there is nothing wrong with it.
james / July 2, 2013 at 06:56 pm
way to ruin canadas weekend
steve replying to a comment from NotAHater / July 2, 2013 at 06:57 pm
Is your objection because of nudity in general or nudity at Pride? You seem to be unaware that nudity crops up in places other then Pride.
You should avail yourself of the internet and understand the laws that define nudity and how they are applied.
James Wilkinson replying to a comment from shutterjet / July 2, 2013 at 07:03 pm

Blog TO is a syndicated journalistic organization they do not need your permission to use images you PUBLICLY posted on instagram. As a journalistic organization they are required to source all material they borrow to report on, they have done so with the name of the user that posted it IN ADDITION they also linked back to the instagram doing MORE than they are required by law. Learn the laws surrounding photographers and read the terms of service on instagram for what rights you actually have to your photos.

I'll save you the foot work and give you a direct link to how BlogTO as a review post has not infringed your copyright:

And Instagram TOS can be found here: review Basic Terms 8 and Rights 1.


Thanks for picking my picture of the donuts (@lepeches)!


Awesome selection, great recap of the event for those of us who were busy at Digital Dreams!
Clay Jones replying to a comment from james / July 2, 2013 at 07:17 pm
Yah! Way to ruin all of Canada with your festival of acceptance and openness, celebrating diversity and self-worth. FUCK YOU CANADA!
Actually not a hater / July 2, 2013 at 07:27 pm
The amount of negativity in this comment feed is proof that the liberation being celebrated at Pride deserves and needs to make you uncomfortable. Are you scared of the naked gay man? I'm not.
Emma C / July 2, 2013 at 07:39 pm
Hey blogTO! Why don't you try ASKING FOR PERMISSION when you use someone's photos instead of stealing them off Instagram. Whi are you, the NSA? Have a little decency.
BH / July 2, 2013 at 08:00 pm
Having grown up looking at washed out family photos from the 60s and seeing lots of oversaturated 70s snaps of my own as well I can only ask amateur photographers to please show the snaps the way Eris intended, as naked as some of the performers in the Pride Parade.

Don't let a nice sunny day go to waste.
poops / July 2, 2013 at 08:19 pm
Check the instagram user policy I betcha it states that once you release the photos on the internet they become public domain.

Stop complaining.
Chris / July 2, 2013 at 08:30 pm
Why argue over this? Does the TD Bank tent really have relevance at the Taste of the Danforth weekend?
Oh and one more thing: I'll bet you no one would bitch about nudity at the Pride parade if all the nudists were top models!

You know I'm right. Do you remember why there is a parade? And don't forget one thing: the best Gay Pride parade will be the one that does NOT take place, because it will no longer be necessary.
BM replying to a comment from NotAHater / July 2, 2013 at 08:46 pm
If you don't like it don't go. The same as you would not go to a strip club if you didn't want to see naked women. Or not go to the Santa Clause Parade because you hate Santa.
Don't use that argument to hide your homophobia. Those veiled comments are exactly why this event is needed.
STONEWALL / July 2, 2013 at 09:04 pm
please learn the history of the pride parade and its purpose before making your assumptions.

For so long, queer people have been forced into submission from most of society and forced to hide who they are. After the stonewall riots the first pride parades occurred where the gay community got together to announce that they would no longer hide and stay silent to the police brutality and oppression of others.

Being loud, and nude and colourful draws attention, which is the whole purpose of the march - to be seen.

So yes; nudity is a serious and necessary part of pride
Franco replying to a comment from NotAHater / July 2, 2013 at 09:41 pm
There's nothing lewd about nudity.
blatanville replying to a comment from Tim / July 2, 2013 at 09:45 pm
Kind of slimy of you to camp out on the most-likely hashtag for the public to be using for the events, isn't it?
If you had more sense, you'd have chosen a hashtag more unique to blogTO, instead of riding on the wave of tweets and 'grams you'd know would be flooding across the interwebz.
Actually, let me retract that: you knew exactly what you were doing ahead of time, counting on your weak "defense" that "hey! they posted them to OUR pool!"
Your position there holds no legal water, by the way: you have no way of proving that anyone posting anything under the #prideTO hashtag had any awareness of your crass hijacking, nor can you prove they understood the rights they were providing you...
Here's an oldie-but-a-goodie: #fail
Jimmy / July 2, 2013 at 09:50 pm
I have been to pride many times myself (support gay rights), but i would never bring my kids that are under the age of 14. I don't think it is a place for children that young due to nudity. Maybe be labeled a family event, but not for all family members.
Joey replying to a comment from blatanville / July 2, 2013 at 09:57 pm
"Kind of slimy of you to camp out on the most-likely hashtag..."

This is really dumb. Who cares if they got the pictures from a popular hashtag? How is it slimy?
Helen Lovejoy / July 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm
"Can someone remind me why public full frontal nudity... is seemingly OK at Pride?"
"I don't think it is a place for children that young due to nudity."

Won't somebody PLEASE think of the children!!!!!q111!!!11!1
blatanville / July 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm
well, ask some of the professional photographers who had their work hoovered up by this for-profit publication, used to generate traffic for this site, and who received no $ for their efforts. Those are just some of the people who care.
blatanville replying to a comment from Joey / July 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm
Also, it's legally indefensible to claim the right to another person's work without their acceptance of the terms. Simply putting a notice on your own web site that you plan to use anything and everything that crosses the internet with a specific hashtag attached to it does not constitute a contract between the web site and people offering their images or text via the 'net.
Oni / July 2, 2013 at 10:18 pm
Go home blatanville, you're drunk.
Tim replying to a comment from blatanville / July 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm
This post is meant to celebrate Pride and those who participated in documenting it this year. If you see your photo here and you wish it to be removed please let us know and we'll remove it. You can email me personally with the removal request at tim [at] blogto [dotcom]
SKM / July 2, 2013 at 11:51 pm
I like how this blog chooses to "celebrate" those that document this fantastic event by ripping them off. If the pictures you used were noteworthy and worth publishing in the first place then stop being such cheap scapes and pay for them. That's how you truly celebrate these photographers and their work, allowing them to make a living and continue coverage of this event through their wonderful images.
Stephen replying to a comment from NotAHater / July 3, 2013 at 12:19 am
You might want to check on the laws, nudity is NOT illegal.
Stephen replying to a comment from Helen Lovejoy / July 3, 2013 at 12:21 am
Public nudity is NOT illegal.
Stephen replying to a comment from Jimmy / July 3, 2013 at 12:22 am
God forbid a child see a naked body, wouldn't want them to be prepared when they are an adult...
R u fkng kidding me? / July 3, 2013 at 01:42 am
Children are born into a public place (hospital) completely nude!!!! Lock them all up now!!!
ExclamationExclamationOne replying to a comment from Helen Lovejoy / July 3, 2013 at 01:52 am
Your keyboard is drunk.
Jimmy / July 3, 2013 at 07:32 am
to the idiots saying nudity is not against the law, yes it is. And yes young children should not see people naked, clearly you are not parents, if you are, not a responisble one. God forbid if you become one.
Farmerstan / July 3, 2013 at 07:39 am
Nice work blog to - too bad there's still so many whiners and haters out there. Guess we will just have to push it in their faces harder until they become desensitized. And Instagram users, good luck tracking down who re-posts all your photos that you post publicly! Anyone can take a picture. Get over yourself @shutterjet etc
steve replying to a comment from Jimmy / July 3, 2013 at 07:52 am
Did you read the article and understand the ruling? or was it just he headline.
What is the harm if children/young adults anyone of any age of seeing something that is natural like an uncovered human body?
Your fears on nudity are yours and it is unhealthy to be afraid of ones own body. To instill this unfounded fear onto children will lead to no go for the child. And you have the nerve to suggest people are unfit to raise children in a healthy knowledgeable fashion. Shame on you.
bravo replying to a comment from Chris / July 3, 2013 at 08:44 am
well said!
tripper replying to a comment from Jimmy / July 3, 2013 at 09:57 am
If you don't want your children (if you indeed have any) exposed to nudity then keep them away from places events where you KNOW DAMN WELL there will be some. See? Simple solution.

If you're just mindlessly looking for something to be angry and offended about, well ... have fun with that.

Eric replying to a comment from NotAHater / July 4, 2013 at 01:24 pm
Equating nudists to a perv is just plain ignorant. And when someone is ignorant, they limit themselves to what they can only understand. I'm not a nudists as I don't have the confidence or comfort-level for it so kudos for these people who can do this. Because you don't understand why they do this do not judge nor declare someone an offensive label. AND so what if a child sees a naked body. WE WERE BORN NAKED FOR RUPAUL's SAKE!
Tony / July 5, 2013 at 08:42 am
FYI, wherewebreathe was not the person to take the picture, the person who took that picture was her

I asked her to get her permission (as you can see from her instagram) and she said yes, and they someone else copy either mine version or her version to pretend that is her picture.

How crappy that is?
Jewels / July 7, 2013 at 01:42 pm
If you want a Pride parade that is more family friendly and political with a little less nudity (no guarantees that there won't be any as it isn't illegal), I would suggest that you consider the Ottawa Pride parade. I bring my kids there...and my partner and I attend Toronto without the children. This way they learn acceptance and understanding and when they are old enough to ate a Toronto Pride (not old enough due to nudity - my concern is more geared to the amount of people that attend), then I will bring them to Toronto.'s simple! Re: the photos...move's pretty clear that BlogTO has the right to use the photos...your beating a dead horse! Have a FANTASTIC day all!!!
Josh / July 9, 2013 at 09:42 pm
Okay, geniuses. They don't have to ask to use your photos, they just have to source it.

You call them unprofessional and you're not even professional enoug to recognize that what they're doing isn't stealing your intellectual property.

When you source it, it's called APPROPRIATING.

You should be thanking them for putting your pictures out there for you.

Josh replying to a comment from NotAHater / July 9, 2013 at 09:57 pm
Oh, should we write up some tickets for the dogs and cats, too?

I can see their genitals.
Asia sex Toys / September 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm
Awesome post.
Vic / September 15, 2013 at 01:16 pm
This whole picture thing has gotten so out of control that these photographers need to get over themselves. I'm a professional photographer as well, and have specialized mostly in skyline shots, panoramic photos and images of our city from hard-to-access rooftops and (sometimes illegal) means to get to the highest floor. I'm not out to make money or a name for myself because my photos are my passion - I LOVE to share what I see about our city with others. I am HONOURED when people ask if they can use my photo for their blog or (once) used for the cover of a weekly paper. I don't go all psycho-bitch on people for using my 'intellectual property' (what crap - it's a goddamn picture). And no, I don't 'watermark' my photos on flickr or other sites because I'm not greedy and selfish and would love as many people as possible to enjoy our city that I'm assuming we all love. Now, because I do mostly skyline and downtown shots, I rarely include people in my photos. Whether or not that crosses another line - not for this blog but for the photographer (getting the permission of those in the photos)...
I avoid Pride not because of the 'nudity' or whatever else but, since I'm gay too, I absolutely hate the elitist dickhead gay men who are there to show off their $700 sunglasses or brand new whatever, and sneer at anyone who doesn't appear 'good enough' to go to their 'little party'. My problem has never been with straight people who may object to Pride and it's activities, it's always been with the other gay men who have this self-important, 'I'm the highest educated, earn the most money, live in the most expensive condo, and look better than everyone else; therefore I'm worthy of everything and you're not!''s a complex thing really, because most gay men are overly independent and elitist and think they're better than everyone else, which, for other gay men who aren't that way, makes seeking out dates and friends miserable when our selection comes from such a small percentage of men. After a while you just stop going to gay events because you know the kinds of guys you're going to see.
Sheri / February 11, 2014 at 08:38 am
I am in total support of gay and lesbian rights and the freedom to be proud and be who you are! We have come such a long way. But for the ones that parade around the way SOME do with whips, chains, bare asses and sporting banana hammocks is in poor taste. This sadly drowns out the positive message that others are working so hard to achieve. This behaviour should not be acceptable in public for ANY cause or at ANY parade. Put some clothes on, be creative designing costumes with class, dress to be respected and you will be treated with respect as with us all! I bet your positive message will be much stronger, clearer and much more accepted!
Denise / July 1, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Denise I am sorry but as I read some of the comments posted on other blogs by people who are upset because nudity is opposed by others and I see such comments as "if you don't like the nudity then stay home" or " Breeders need to stay home and keep their kids home too" I have always been a big supporter of the pride parade and the fight for equality for the gay community. I would think that the gay community would welcome all supporters and especially children after all they are the future voices and the ultimate attitude change is going to from their generation. These comments I am reading now makes me wonder if the support of myself and so many others , is even welcome.
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