Canada’s WorldPride Parade 2014
Get ready to party because WorldPride Toronto 2014 kicks off this weekend! As always, there are a TON of events to check out, some free and some not, from June 20 to June 29 this year. This is the first time that WorldPride has been hosted in a North American city, and we’re so excited to be in the heart of the party at Yonge and College! As it is a worldwide event, people will simultaneously be celebrating all over the world over the course of the 10-day festival.
There is literally something for everyone when it comes to pride: whether you like music, food, crafts, dancing or just plain having a good time – there’s an event for that!
We’ve rounded up what we think are the must-see events this year in our area so that you don’t miss out on the fun:
1) In Conversation With… Laverne Cox – June 25
Fan of Orange Is the New Black? Laverne Cox (who plays Sophia on the show) will be at the TIFF Bell Lightbox next Wednesday speaking to Wilson Cruz about transgender advocacy. She’ll also be discussing her recent documentary project, Free CeCe. This event is going to sell out for sure so make sure you get there in good time if you want a ticket!
2) Aqua T-Dance Party – June 28
This will be the biggest and best dance party you’ll find during WorldPride this year. With over 22 water fountains, the party will be going all day from 12pm to 8pm on the last Saturday of pride at Yonge-Dundas Square. Expect performances from world renowned DJs such as Chus & Ceballos, DJ Aron and DJ Kitty Glitter, as well as a few guest appearances too. Bring your bathing suit!
3) Street Fair – June 27-29
The Street Fair takes place during the second weekend of WorldPride, and can be found in the Church and Wellesley Village. The fair is filled with artisans, food vendors and community organizations, and is always a popular event.
4) Parade – June 29
If you’re going to make it to any WorldPride event, make it the parade. Every year it’s absolutely huge as thousands of people come out to see the floats go by and party hard along the streets. Check out parade’s routing here (it goes right by us!) and don’t miss out on the action.
5) Closing Ceremony w/ Tegan and Sara – June 29
Canada’s own Tegan and Sara will be closing WorldPride with a show at Yonge-Dundas Square that we’re sure will draw an enormous crowd. They’re huge advocates for the LGBTTIQQ2SA community and are seriously loved for spreading the message worldwide. The two have attended WorldPride in Toronto before but have never played it, so this should be great!