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Mass wedding to highlight World Pride in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / May 5, 2014

world pride weddingWorld Pride is coming to Toronto this summer, and it's already set to be one for the history books: The city has announced that a mass wedding will be held Thursday, June 26 to coincide with the 10-day celebrations.

Up to 200 queer couples are invited to recite their vows at Casa Loma, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly and Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam have announced in a video message. Officiants from a number of faiths will be available, and facilities, flowers, music and photographers will all be covered - though couple will still have to pay the $45 marriage license fee. Interested couples can register online.

The video announcement serves as a pitch to international visitors, praising Toronto's diversity and touting the ceremony's historic location as one of the few castles on the entire continent. Toronto's Pride attracts thousands of visitors from out of town annually, but with this year's festivities serving as the first World Pride ever held in North America, the city is expecting a massive influx of tourists hoping to enjoy the party - and a marriage certificate, and the bragging rights from a potential record, make a heck of a souvenir.

View the full video below:

Photo by b-real via the blogTO Flickr pool.



Bobo / May 5, 2014 at 02:00 pm
Sounds like quite the love fest. So much fun and good vibes all around!
honk honk / May 5, 2014 at 03:01 pm
Rob ford and Sandro Lisi will tie the knot at the large queer bash at casa loma. Everyone can attend, party will be catered by Muzik owner Z, hor duerves will be mcdonalds and kfc (bring your own hot sauce), music provided by ben johnson and kathy ford trio (she really is that big), balloons and bobblehead carts will be coordinated by ford nation members (7 people last we counted), doug ford will be handing out disposable crack-pipes, randy ford is in charge of security and lawyer dennis morris will be here and there in case rob or sandy get a little too wasted. Everyone please support us, it is not easy being a substance abuser and gay. God bless us, Jesus, 8-balls and all.
Dr. Kukko / May 5, 2014 at 03:30 pm
Are homophobic, hate-filled addicted pig Mayors invited? How homophobic, hate-filled Ford Nation?
Jamie replying to a comment from Dr. Kukko / May 5, 2014 at 03:36 pm
Can we not have one article on here that we can celebrate without you smearing Rob Ford all over it? He's gone, let it go, be quiet on the Ford until when and if he returns.

Bzine / May 5, 2014 at 04:31 pm
Jamie, he's gone when he resigns, cooperates with the police and serves his time.
Buzz K. / May 5, 2014 at 05:42 pm
I wonder when the mass divorce will be held...
Dr. Kukko / May 5, 2014 at 05:55 pm
Ford did the smearing-dropping his pants and wiping his ass on the whole city.
Where's Mayor Waldo? / May 6, 2014 at 06:54 am
Not in Chicago! Not in Rehab!
JMyers / May 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm
The link to "register here" is not working. Does anyone know who I can contact about this?
Natalia replying to a comment from JMyers / May 6, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Thanks for bringing this to our attention!
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Manal / May 12, 2014 at 05:54 pm
It is really very sad to hear about this shameful event. People think they are doing an act of freedom and choosing their own destiny when there is one behind the scenes destroying their image and self respect and depriving them of their true
Please take care you are driving yourself to destruction. You are being deceived. I know some will think that I am interfering in their life but as if I am seeing a person running into a train and will be torn into pieces. I talk this from my heart and pray that You will be enlighted by the Truth. God loves you so much and you deserve to be put to honor not to shame.
ATELIER IVAAN / June 11, 2014 at 06:10 pm
This is going to be a wonderful celebration of love and commitment. Congratulations to Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and Deputy Mayor Kelly for their unwavering support of this memorable event. What I love best about Toronto is that it's not just 'tolerant' or 'accepting'. It's a WELCOMING city. Big congratulations to all the happy couples who are coming here to tie the knot in a celebration they and their families will remember for the rest of their lives. We are proud to have made some of the wedding rings for participants and are continuing to do so. This event would be taking place with or without the approval of Rob Ford. Who really cares what he thinks? And Manal, whose unkind comment appears above mine, since when has God appointed you spokesperson? If you don't believe in love and marriage, fine. Don't get married. Please respect the right of everyone to equality in this and in all things.
All You Need Is Love.
Lloyd Albers / June 28, 2014 at 12:34 pm
Commenting on Atelier Ivaan, does the fact that a deputy mayor and a councillor preforms a ceremony, does that make it right? Because Manal believes in God, does his or her comments offend you? Manal is suggesting something, not commanding something, there is a difference. When did gays own the world? Something to think about, what is marriage, is it a matter of the law, or a matter of the heart? If you think the law, then you have fallen into the biggest trap ever set, and thats the difference between policy and principal, and thats what I think that Manal is pointing out. Also remember this, there is no bigger discriminator than the people that you give permission to, to control your lives. We have come to the sad point in our lives, when good is bad, and bad is ok, think about it
Raymond of Canada replying to a comment from Buzz K. / June 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm
Love and lust . . . go together like boom and bust! I still don't know why gay "marriage" deserves special treatment. If it is to be accepted as normal, they would be occurring like "normal" marriages, mostly unsung except by the participants. Goes to show there is more at work here than love.
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