Let your colours fly! It’s Pride Weekend and the possibilities are limitless. With one of the world’s largest celebrations of the LGBTTIQQ2SA communities, there’s a LOT going on. Here is your 2018 guide to Pride Weekend here in Toronto.
Hot tip, if you plan on having some cocktails, be sure to grab a wristband so you can drink and carry on Church Street — tickets here.
OPENING NIGHT KICKOFF
Kehlani is kicking off Pride Weekend in a big way! The artist is headlining the Opening Night party at Yonge-Dundas Square Friday night. Best part is — it’s totally free! There are a ton of other musical events happening all weekend long. For full details, check here!
Slightly different than the weekend’s premier parade, The Toronto Dyke March is where self-identified dykes come to create a “political and visible space.” The Dyke March is where women and trans people from all across the community come to celebrate and show their power, strength and diversity. March rally starts at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Church Street and Hayden, with the March kicking off at 2:00 p.m.
The pinnacle of Pride Month is the annual Pride Parade, a huge street gathering of folks who make up and celebrate our fabulous LBGTTIQQ2SA communities here in Toronto. Cover yourself in pride colours, glitter as you march down Church street taking in all the performances, floats, guest speakers and more with your friends! Procession starts at 2:00 p.m. at the corner of Bloor and Church street!
On Sunday, head to the Buddies in Bad Stage (Alexander Parkette) for Transfest! With bands, artists performances and vendors it’s an all-day celebration of non-cisgender identities through song, dance and fashion!
Finish strong this Pride weekend at the Last Dance! As the title implies, dance your heart out at this big party with performances from DJ Sumation and Barry Harris, Karsten Sollors, and Australia’s Kitty Glitter. Takes places at the OLG Central State at 2:00 p.m. and runs until 11:00 p.m.
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