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#FGoes – Must-Attend at Toronto’s 2014 WorldPride Festival

June 18, 2014

Pride Toronto is an annual event in downtown Toronto that takes place during the last week of June and has grown to become one of Canada’s premier arts and culture festivals with over a million attendees each year.  Pride Toronto is one of the largest pride celebrations in the world that honours the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBT community.

This year Toronto is hosting WorldPride 2014, an international 10 day celebration taking place from June 20 – June 29. If you can’t make it to all of the amazing events, we’ve narrowed down the list to our top five must-attend events below. 

1. Opening ceremonies at Nathan Phillips Square

The rainbow flag will be raised at City Hall on June 20, with the ceremony beginning at 7 p.m., in a call for unity, peace, love and celebration. Don’t miss performances by Melissa Etheridge, Deborah Cox and Steve Grand, hosted by the effervescent Deb Pearce.

2. Nuit Rose all-night art crawl

On Saturday, June 21, a late-night queer art crawl will take over Church-Wellesley Village and West Queen West. Featuring a lineup of more than 50-plus attractions including visual art, performances and installations. Don’t miss the after-party taking place at the Gladstone until 4:00 a.m

3. Wear your pride with Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow and Redwood Classics have collaborated to create a limited edition PrideCode T-Shirt and Tank Top collection with all proceeds going to the Fife House, supporting those living with HIV/Aids in the GTA.

4. Main parade

Don’t miss the largest pride parade Canada has ever seen on Sunday, June 29th starting at 1:00 p.m.!  Prepare to get soaked, with water guns spraying everywhere and participants of all walks of life marching to show their gay pride, a truly heart-warming experience not to be missed.

5. Closing ceremonies

On Sunday, June 29th starting at 5:00 p.m. end the pride festivities at the official closing ceremony with performances by Tegan and Sara and Rich Aucoin taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square. Parade awards will also be handed out and the next World Pride host city with be named.

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