Toronto celebrates Gay Pride for 10 days in late June and early July. As of now, the dates in 2017 are expected to fall from around June 23 through July 2, 2017 (we will confirm this once information is made public). Toronto throws one of the biggest Pride celebrations anywhere.
One of North America's leading gay destinations, Toronto has been holding Pride observances since the '70s, and events have been held annually here since 1981. These days, Toronto Pride's most prominent event, the Pride Parade (expected to take place Sunday, July 2, 2017), draws more than 1.2 million spectators and participants annually, making it one of the top such draws in the world.
The key Toronto Gay Pride events generally take place in the city's Church Street area, around the intersection with Wellesley Street - a neighborhood also known as the Gay Village.
More information will become released as its made available. Here's a look back at last year's events, to give a sense of what you can expect in 2017:
Pride festivities actually kick off at the start of June, with a Flag Raising Ceremony and an Official Pride Launch Party. Be sure to check out the Pride month calendar to see the impressive collection of performers and speaker lined up, including George Takei, Margaret Atwood, Joe Jonas, Tangerine's Mya Taylor, Rufus Wainwright, Le Tigre's JD Samson, and much more.
The official Toronto Pride Week comprises a series of parties and events. The Pride Community Street Fair and Marketplace runs throughout Pride Weekend, showcasing hundreds of artists, retailers, community organizations, food vendors, and more. It takes place right in the heart of the Gay Village, along Church Street and intersecting Wellesley Street East, and runs from 7 pm until 2 am on Friday, noon until 2 am on Saturday, and from noon until 11 pm on Sunday. There are also several different entertainment stages set up throughout the Gay Village over Pride Weekend.
Family Pride takes place on the grounds of Church Street Public Elementary School over both days of Pride Weekend; activities include crafts, games, children's entertainment, and more.
The annual Trans Community Fair will take place on Friday, including a rally and march.
The much-anticipated Toronto Dyke March will be held on Saturday. It begins on Church and Hayden streets and continues west along Bloor, south down Yonge, east on Carlton, and then proceeds to the rally at Allan Gardens.
The Toronto Gay Pride weekend culminates on Sunday at 2 pm, with the Toronto Gay Pride Parade, a hugely attended procession that commences at the intersection of Bloor Street East and Church Street. It then heads west to Yonge Street and proceeds south all the way to Yonge-Dundas Square, where the Final Play Pride Festival celebration takes place from 2 pm until 11 pm and features a slew of exciting artists, including pop star Joe Jonas and his band DNCE, Glee favorite Alex Newell, the string quartet Well-Strung, and many others.
Note that after taking place in August most recently, the Toronto Queer Arts and Culture and Film Festival is now held in October (the dates for 2017 have not yet been announced) in both the city's West End (aka the "Queer West Village") and the Church Street Gay Village.
Looking for tips on what to see and do while attending Pride? Check out the Toronto Top Attractions and Experiences Guide
Toronto Gay Resources
You'll find that most of Toronto's gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride, and most of these establishments are located in the Church Street Gay Village. Check local gay papers for details, such as Xtra Toronto, a terrific and informative resource, as is IN Magazine. For more comprehensive information on visiting the city, check out the excellent GLBT travel site produced by Toronto Tourism.