From June 20th to June 29th, 2014, Toronto hosted World Pride, making it the first time World Pride was hosted in North America.
Cities that host World Pride celebrations, which only take place every four years, tend to boast the largest LGBTQ+ Pride events for their year.
Pride Toronto, in partnership with Tourism Toronto, submitted a bid to host World Pride 2014, and in October 2009, at their 28th annual conference in Florida, InterPride voted to accept the bid from Pride Toronto. In the first round of voting, Toronto won 77 votes to Stockholm’s 61, finalizing the selection process.
As a result, Toronto hosted huge events including an opening ceremony at Nathan Philips Square featuring concert performances from Melissa Etheridge, Deborah Cox, Steve Grand, and Tom Robinson.
WorldPride 2014 also boasted a powerful exhibition commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Free public stages throughout the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood boasted performances from renowned drag queens and kings and musical acts like Carly Rae Jepsen, Dragonette, Peaches, and more.
Three marches took place over that year’s Pride weekend: the Trans march, the Dyke march, and the World Pride Parade, each marking the longest of their kind in Canadian history. Over 12,000 people and 280 floats were registered to mark in WorldPride, making it last over five hours.