Pride Parade Toronto

HISTORIC, RECORD-BREAKING PRIDE MONTH WRAPSWITH A SILENT TRIBUTEANDCELEBRATION OF LOVE

Prime Minister Trudeau and Pride Toronto Festivalgoers Stand Together for Diversity, Inclusion and Queerness


TORONTO, ON, July 3 | Pride Toronto wrapped its first-ever Pride Month with a final day of festivities this evening, following an unprecedented 33-days of conversation and celebration of the strength and beauty of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.

History was made today, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became Canada’s first sitting Prime Minister to participate in the annual Pride Parade and joined Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor John Tory and an estimated tens of thousands of participants.

A powerful moment of silence took place during the Parade and was echoed throughout the entire Pride Toronto festival site and stages, to commemorate the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, June 12. This year’s Parade was dedicated to the lives lost too soon, with the victims being honoured through a float in their dedication leading the Parade. Marchers and community leaders also displayed the names and ages of those killed. 

Honoured positions Aydian Dowling (International Grand Marshal), Salah Bachir and Vivek Shraya (Grand Marshals) led the Pride Parade under a banner reading, ORLANDO ¾ WE MARCH FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T. The Prancing Elites (International Honoured Guests), Jordyn Samuels (Youth Ambassador) and Black Lives Matter – Toronto Coalition (Honoured Group) also helped to lead the Parade, alongside members of the trans community, the black queer community and newly arrived refugees from Syria.

Pride Month was a testament to the diversity and power of our community,” said Aaron GlynWilliams, Co-Chair of Pride Toronto’s Board of Directors. “This safe, inclusive and welcoming celebration has empowered us and strengthened our unity, resilience and resolve to fight discrimination, hatred and violence.”

We will never forget the 49 family members taken from us in Florida,” said Mathieu Chantelois, Executive Director of Pride Toronto, “Just as we never forget all of the lives we have lost due to discrimination and violence. It’s uplifting to see so many people come to Toronto from across Canada and around the world to celebrate the history, courage and diversity of our community.”

This year, Pride Month showcased human rights, artistic creativity and rich cultural partnerships with community partners, universities and major institutions. Expert curators created diverse, dynamic and provocative programs promoted under the theme, “YOU CAN SIT WITH US,” encouraging meaningful conversations with new audiences across the city.

Pride Month featured the world’s largest Trans Pride Rally and March, where an estimated 11,000 marchers (source: Toronto Police Service) participated in the biggest, most inclusive Trans Pride experience in Pride Toronto’s 35-year history. The final weekend also marked the 20th anniversary of the Dyke March, where community members participated in the thousands.  

Pride Month continued setting records with 73 drag queens, kings and performance artists officially securing the Guinness World Record for “Largest Drag Artist Stage Show” at Pride Toronto’s DRAG ON! stage showcase, on July 2.

Festivities for the first-ever Pride Month launched May 31, when city leaders, officials and Mayor Tory held a history-making flag raising ceremony that paired the raising of both the trans pride and rainbow Pride flags for the first time at City Hall.

In another historic first, Pride Toronto Board Secretary Rachel Lauren Clark became the first openly trans person to throw a ceremonial first pitch, ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays’ June 9 game at the Rogers Centre.  

Throughout June, Pride Month conversations explored many issues that still require change and commitment, with a month-long series of human rights panels, in partnership with The 519 and the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. A focus on blackness and queerness, trans youth and women’s activism amplified the voices of marginalized community members, including trans and queer people of colour.

Prominent institutions like the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario MuseumTIFFHarbourfront CentreRipley’s AquariumBuddies In Bad Times Theatre, greatly enriched the expanded Pride Month celebration, offering unparalleled collaboration and quality programming.

Pride Month headliners included writer Margaret Atwood, gay icons George Takei and RuPaul, musicians Lila DownsViktoria ModestaJoe Jonas and DNCEAlex Newell and Beirut’s Mashrou' Leila band.

Pride Month created a lot of new, inclusive spaces in order to broaden the celebration of the history, diversity and courage of our community,” said Alica Hall, Co-Chair of Pride Toronto’s Board of Directors. “I’m looking forward to expanding on this next year and, with all our wonderful partners, volunteers and artists, making North America’s largest Pride celebration more vibrant and relevant than ever.”

Pride Toronto would like to thank its dedicated volunteers who contributed an astounding 16,000 volunteer hours, filling 2,800 shifts to make Pride happen.

Pride Toronto will return for its 37th edition in 2017, with dates to be announced shortly at www.PrideToronto.com.



For high-resolution, Pride Toronto media approved photo selects, please visit:

Full Pride Month details can be accessed at:

History was made today, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became Canada’s first sitting Prime Minister to participate in the annual Pride Parade and joined Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor John Tory and an estimated tens of thousands of participants.

A powerful moment of silence took place during the Parade and was echoed throughout the entire Pride Toronto festival site and stages, to commemorate the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, June 12. This year’s Parade was dedicated to the lives lost too soon, with the victims being honoured through a float in their dedication leading the Parade. Marchers and community leaders also displayed the names and ages of those killed. 

Honoured positions Aydian Dowling (International Grand Marshal), Salah Bachir and Vivek Shraya (Grand Marshals) led the Pride Parade under a banner reading, ORLANDO ¾ WE MARCH FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T. The Prancing Elites (International Honoured Guests), Jordyn Samuels (Youth Ambassador) and Black Lives Matter – Toronto Coalition (Honoured Group) also helped to lead the Parade, alongside members of the trans community, the black queer community and newly arrived refugees from Syria.

Pride Month was a testament to the diversity and power of our community,” said Aaron GlynWilliams, Co-Chair of Pride Toronto’s Board of Directors. “This safe, inclusive and welcoming celebration has empowered us and strengthened our unity, resilience and resolve to fight discrimination, hatred and violence.”

We will never forget the 49 family members taken from us in Florida,” said Mathieu Chantelois, Executive Director of Pride Toronto, “Just as we never forget all of the lives we have lost due to discrimination and violence. It’s uplifting to see so many people come to Toronto from across Canada and around the world to celebrate the history, courage and diversity of our community.”

This year, Pride Month showcased human rights, artistic creativity and rich cultural partnerships with community partners, universities and major institutions. Expert curators created diverse, dynamic and provocative programs promoted under the theme, “YOU CAN SIT WITH US,” encouraging meaningful conversations with new audiences across the city.

Pride Month featured the world’s largest Trans Pride Rally and March, where an estimated 11,000 marchers (source: Toronto Police Service) participated in the biggest, most inclusive Trans Pride experience in Pride Toronto’s 35-year history. The final weekend also marked the 20th anniversary of the Dyke March, where community members participated in the thousands.  

Pride Month continued setting records with 73 drag queens, kings and performance artists officially securing the Guinness World Record for “Largest Drag Artist Stage Show” at Pride Toronto’s DRAG ON! stage showcase, on July 2.

Festivities for the first-ever Pride Month launched May 31, when city leaders, officials and Mayor Tory held a history-making flag raising ceremony that paired the raising of both the trans pride and rainbow Pride flags for the first time at City Hall.

In another historic first, Pride Toronto Board Secretary Rachel Lauren Clark became the first openly trans person to throw a ceremonial first pitch, ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays’ June 9 game at the Rogers Centre.  

Throughout June, Pride Month conversations explored many issues that still require change and commitment, with a month-long series of human rights panels, in partnership with The 519 and the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. A focus on blackness and queerness, trans youth and women’s activism amplified the voices of marginalized community members, including trans and queer people of colour.

Prominent institutions like the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario MuseumTIFFHarbourfront CentreRipley’s AquariumBuddies In Bad Times Theatre, greatly enriched the expanded Pride Month celebration, offering unparalleled collaboration and quality programming.

Pride Month headliners included writer Margaret Atwood, gay icons George Takei and RuPaul, musicians Lila DownsViktoria ModestaJoe Jonas and DNCEAlex Newell and Beirut’s Mashrou' Leila band.

Pride Month created a lot of new, inclusive spaces in order to broaden the celebration of the history, diversity and courage of our community,” said Alica Hall, Co-Chair of Pride Toronto’s Board of Directors. “I’m looking forward to expanding on this next year and, with all our wonderful partners, volunteers and artists, making North America’s largest Pride celebration more vibrant and relevant than ever.”

Pride Toronto would like to thank its dedicated volunteers who contributed an astounding 16,000 volunteer hours, filling 2,800 shifts to make Pride happen.

Pride Toronto will return for its 37th edition in 2017, with dates to be announced shortly at www.PrideToronto.com.



For high-resolution, Pride Toronto media approved photo selects, please visit:

Full Pride Month details can be accessed at:

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