Brush your wigs and shine your latex, people. Pride is coming.
Last year, Toronto hosted World Pride 2014, a smash success, and wrapped up its closing ceremonies with a massive natural rainbow arching over the city. This year, as the city hosts its 35th Pride festival, it aims to outdo itself. With the theme “Come out and play,” organizers expect 1.2 million attendees to do just that. The festival begins June 19 and spans nine days, including the Trans Pride March (June 26), Dyke March (June 27) and the Pride Parade (June 28).
“We’re so lucky, and I’m so proud of Canada for being progressive,” said David Furnish, a filmmaker best known for marrying Sir Elton John, in an interview with the Toronto Star. He also happens to be a grand marshal at the Pride Parade, held on June 28th at 2p.m. Other grand marshals include 80s icon Cyndi Lauper, filmmaker John Waters and the Russian punk band Pussy Riot.
The party will be kicked off by MTV personality and YouTube sensation Todrick Hall on June 19 at BIA Stage on Church Street. Can’t wait that long? Attend the Inspire awards ceremony on May 29 at the Hart House, where those who have contributed to the LGBT community will be honoured. Or check out the “Under My Skin” exhibition, a collection of paintings by Khat Karim, which display her “roller-coaster journey of self-exploration.” The exhibition opens on June 6 at the Urban Gallery on Queen East.
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