Happy Pride Month Toronto! The Pride Toronto Organization was founded in 1981 and is a legacy that is deeply rooted in the rich and progressive history of Toronto’s queer community. Pride has taken a long time in the making coming from small gatherings of dedicated activists that fought for their right to love and be seen to encounters with the government and police Toronto knows it today as a vibrant celebration.
Pride Month Calendar
Pride Canada has shifted to adding an online events page on their website calendar with more than one event a day in some relation to the Pride community. At the beginning of the month June 1, 2021, they featured an event on flag raising and the beauty of their history. More virtual pride events mentioned on their Pride Toronto website calendar includes Wellness Wednesdays, resume building, Pride Millennials in Toronto, Jewish LGBTQ+ Representations in Film and TV, Speak, Surge, amplify: Speaking in Our Voices, in partnership with Harborfront Centre, Courageous Conversations: Today’s 2SLGBTQ+ Youth, Tomorrow’s Thought Leaders, Sex Talks, LinkedIn, Networking, and Career Workshops, and more.
If you are interested in participating in the annual Toronto Pride Parade, you man registers with their online platform. They have an easy online application process, and you can be a part of the Pride Toronto Pride parade procession. If you are coming to downtown Toronto from the Greater Toronto area, or neighboring cities and municipalities, come stay with us here at Avalon Suites. Avalon Suites allows you to be 10 minutes walking distance to Bloor Street; the beginning of the Pride parade. Talk about convenience and you get to experience the full parade without traffic or public transit delays.
Pride Toronto Mission, Vision, and Values
Pride Toronto supports our communities in the pursuit of our unequivocal rights to be known, be heard, be understood, be accepted, be respected, and celebrate the beauty of who we are. (Pride Toronto).
No matter who you love or how you identify, you will be safe, valued, equal, and proud. (Pride Toronto).
Pride Toronto Values
Our community has the right to be free from fear, free from oppression, and free to discovery and love as our true selves. We work to honor and advance the freedom of everyone in our community.
Over 35 years ago, our community was founded on the fundamental truth that love prevails and we are all deserving of it. We commit to love as the method and the goal in every interaction.
The voices and stories of our community are as diverse as they are beautiful. We work to make sure that each of us can be heard and that we listen to each other.
Our community is made up of many identities- many of those in evolution. Understanding is how we will come to know and care for each other. We will help to foster understanding within our community and beyond.” (Pride Toronto).
A week in the month of Pride Toronto celebrates their premier Pride festival weekend with the Pride parade. Countless people come out to the streets of downtown Toronto including more than 120 groups march in Pride Toronto's Pride parade, one of the largest in North America.
The parade and festivities are bursting with performances, floats, marchers with messages, queens, kings, and outstanding community groups. The procession begins at 2 pm at the corner of Bloor and Church and makes its way down Yonge Street to the Dundas Square stage.
If you are looking to attend the Pride Toronto Parade and festival, do not miss out on the community event.
Pride Toronto Route
The Toronto Pride parade route will start at Church Street and Bloor Street East, proceed west on Bloor East, then south on Yonge Street, and eat on Dundas Street East to Vicotria Street.
In brief, the Pride parade will begin at Bloor and Church Street, and then south on Yonge Street to Yonge-Dundas Square.
Are you interested in or attending the Pride Toronto Pride parade? Here are 3 interesting facts you should know about the procession when you go.
1. Pride Toronto Pride Parade
Toronto’s LGBTQAI2+ community is one of the most notable in the city, and so it should not be a surprise that the city is listed 4th on the list of the largest Pride celebrations around the world, beating out more recognized gay-friendly cities such as San Francisco. Toronto is sure to see a spike in increasing tourism in the city during Pride Week and events across the city that are being held in relation to the Pride parade.
2. Water Guns
Did you know that it’s the only time of year when you can get away with throwing water at a police officer? It a Pride Parade tradition to be in a crowd of spectators and take water bottles or water guns and spray those participating in the Parade. Including those who serve and protect.
3. All-Inclusive to all Groups
Some may think that the Pride parade is exclusive to the LGBTQAI2+ community only as their aim is to combat homophobia that is widespread in that community, but the best part of the parade is that everyone can take part. Plenty of non-LGBT groups take part to support gay rights and issues that take place by marching in the parade every year including different companies, political parties, universities, and more.
Avalon Suite Toronto
If you are considering corporate relocating to downtown Toronto or conducting business in the Yorkville, Toronto area, stay with us here at Avalon Suites Yorkville. Both a short commute by public transit and by car, Avalon is strategically located to place you only several minutes from your corporate office.
Avalon suites offer Economy suites for one person to a Presidential suite accommodating up to five people, there is sure to be one best suited for you and your family. Stay in Avalon Suites with more than 2x the space than a hotel room, decorated with modern furniture, a fully equipped kitchen, Cable Smart TVs, and an in-suite washer and dryer. Furthermore, guests have access to conference space, fitness center and gym, and concierge services.
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