By: Erin Cassidy

Toronto will be hosting World Pride this coming June, so expect an influx of fabulous.

Having just come from London England in 2012, World Pride is making its stop here in Toronto for 2014.

This is the first time it has come to North America as well. There are some things Toronto Pride organizers are transferring over for Junes’ festival that has worked in the past.

Sean Hillier, Co-Chair of Pride Toronto, said they are taking on one legacy that was created for London World Pride, which was given to US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

“The only legacy that we are taking on, that started from London, is that we are awarding (the) World Pride Award,” Hillier said. “It will go to someone who has demonstrated a life long achievement in progressing the cause of the LGBT community.”

Toronto put in a bid to host World Pride back in 2009 – Toronto beat out Stockholm in two rounds of voting.

“Planning for this event, it will be 4 years in total. Its just this needed time to prepare,” Hillier said.

If you have been to previous Pride Parades in Toronto, you’re in for a treat in June. It will have the Trans march, the Dyke march and the Pride Parade along with the street festival and stages, but it will be even larger.

“You’d see an international component, and a more international focus, so our stages would have more international artists,” Hillier said.

With opening and closing ceremonies, a partnership with Toronto Jazz Festival and other arts groups, as well as a proposed parade route change, World Pride will be something you will not want to miss.

“We are also looking to bring the festival throughout the city of Toronto, so there will be lots of pop-up events out in Scarborough, out in Etobicoke as well as North York,” Hillier said. “So we can really engage the LGBT community outside what is the downtown core.”

For more information, you can go to www.pridetoronto.com for all things World Pride.


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