Each June, Ontarians get together to spread love and show their support for the 2SLGBTQ+ communities. And this year is no exception! Throughout the month, there will be a plethora of events, parades and gatherings to celebrate diversity and love in all of its forms. Additionally, people around the province will be honouring the tremendous feats made in the past in order to expand inclusivity and fight for equality for 2SLGBTQ+ people around the world. Expect good food, dancing, awesome crowds and (mostly) tremendous weather! Here is our list of the top Pride events in Ontario.

1. Toronto Pride Parade — June 25th

This wouldn’t be much of a Pride event list without mentioning the annual Toronto Pride parade! Taking place on June 25th, this parade is one of the biggest and most popular Pride parades in all of North America, and for good reason! On from 2pm-7pm, this year’s parade will include over 100+ groups marching and showing their support for the pride community. From fancy costumes and drag queens to performances and good music, this is the ultimate way to end off your pride month!

This year, the parade will begin at the corner of Church St N and Bloor St E. You can follow it southbound along Yonge St, turning right on Dundas St. W. From there, the parade will make its way straight to Nathan Phillips Square off of Bay St, the new ending point! At NPS, you can continue to celebrate for the rest of the night, enjoying the brand new stage and beer garden, plus many other vendors. For more information on the Pride parade, click here.

2. Hamilton’s Pride at the Pier — August 27th

If you find yourself unable to make any events in the month of June, don’t fret! After three years, Pride Hamilton will be returning outdoors at Pier 4 Park on the 27th of August. Originally planned for June 18th, the gathering was postponed until August 27th, but will still include all the fun events you have come to expect! This includes vendors, a beer garden, food, games and activities for everyone. On top of this, there will be a number of performances by local 2SLGBTQ+ performers and musicians. So, hop in the car and get to Hamilton this summer!

3. ROM After Dark: Pride  June 30th 

For this month, the monthly event ROM: After Dark is celebrating with this unique Pride event in Ontario. It’s a 19+ after-hours themed event that will allow you to explore the Royal Ontario Museum in a way you never have before! With the theme of Pride in place, the evening of June 30th will feature curated music, visual arts, performance art, distinctive food and drink, and everything else you can ask for for in an art-driven night out for adults. On top of this, take part in experiences, such as “What’s the flag?”. Hosted by Toronto drag performers, you can explore the meaning and history behind Pride flags from around the world. You can take part in the ROM’s virtual pool party, and get your photo taken by photographer Hugh Elliott.

4. Family Pride Toronto June 24th & 25th

This one speaks for itself! Enjoy the weather at this free, family-friendly pride event in Ontario at Church Street School. Sponsored by Maple Leaf Foods, this festival celebrates the strength and uniqueness of 2SLGBTQ+ parents, caregivers, and children. Experience a day filled with face painting, magic shows, storytelling, food and much more! Tons of activities will be provided by the Royal Ontario Museum and Sick Kids Hospital.

5. Stratford Pride Night Market — June 23rd

Located in Stratford, Ontario, this night market for Pride is sure to keep your interest. This event is made exclusively to showcase the work of local 2SLGBTQ+ creatives throughout Ontario. Expect to see a plethora of handcrafted goods, such as rainbow-coloured jewelry, clothing, artwork and even home décor! This is one of many perfect ways to show your support for the community! With only a $2 entry fee and an open bar, this isn’t an event you’ll want to miss!

 

isure wishes everyone a safe and happy Pride!

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