Sunday, June 17, 2018

Pride Parades and Streetfair Schedule 2018

Pride Month culminates with the three immensely popular parades that march out from the Church-Wellesley Village, along Bloor Street and down Yonge Street to various terminal points. Anchoring the parades will be the annual Pride Streetfair running on Church St from Dundas Street East to Charles Street East.

The Streetfair is on Friday, June 22 (7pm-2am); Saturday, June 23 (noon-2am) and Sunday, June 24 (noon-11pm). This fair will feature a licensed drinking section (with wrist bands, id checks and bag searching) on Church St from Carlton St to Charles St.

The roster of Toronto Pride Parades starts with the Trans March on Friday, June 22. The march starts at 8pm with the rally starting an hour earlier. "Toronto’s Trans March is officially one of the largest, most exciting Pride events in the world – not only for all the trans and non-binary folks, friends, and allies who rally and march together in solidarity, but for anyone who is lucky enough to witness the landmark event. Trans women of colour and people with different abilities are encouraged to lead the march and set the pace for all. Join us at the intersection of Church and Hayden streets as we make our way along Bloor, south on Yonge, and east on Carlton to Allan Gardens where we host a fantastic lineup of trans performers for a postMarch showcase until 10PM."

Parade number two is the Dyke March Saturday, June 23. The march starts at 2pm and the rally time is one hour before. "The Toronto Dyke March is a political demonstration of critical mass, welcoming all self-identified dykes to create political and visible space. This grassroots event is not a parade. The women and trans people of our dyke community take over the streets of downtown Toronto to celebrate our power, strength, diversity and passion of dyke experiences and identities. We will reflect on our history, celebrate our accomplishments, learn from our past, honour where we’ve come from and lift voices that have been silenced and forgotten. Join us for the post-march rally in Allan Gardens for performances, crafting and even more dyke-community building."

The final parade is the namesake Pride Parade which starts at 2pm. "The 38th Annual Pride Parade is happening June 24, 2018 at 2 P.M. followed by a moment of silence at 3 P.M.. From the corner of Church St and Bloor St all the way down Yonge St to Yonge-Dundas Square, tell your stories to a crowd of over 1 million festival-goers and many more watching at home through art direction, costume design, choreography, music and special effects. Go glitz & glam. Be colourful and creative. Go big. And have fun!"

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