WorldPride 2014

Hosted by Toronto

WorldPride 2014 Toronto (WP14TO), presented by Pride Toronto, is shaping up to be one of the biggest international LGBT events…well, ever. Adding to the buzz is the fact that this year marks the very first time that WorldPride will take place in a North American city.

The 10-day event will include concerts by a slew of A-listers, including Tegan and Sara, Chely Wright, Melissa Etheridge, Deborah Cox, Martha Wash and superstar DJs David Morales and Quentin Harris. But expect the lineup to continue evolving between now and next week.

Official WorldPride events are many, beginning with an opening ceremony on June 20 and culminating during the big weekend (June 27 through 29) with a Trans March, Dyke March, WorldPride Parade, Family Pride, Streetfair, and Arts and Cultural Festival, culminating with the Closing Ceremony. Check the official WorldPride website for further updates and details, and also on news about additional parties, gatherings, surprises and special performances taking place during the 10-day celebration.

According to the organizers, “[WorldPride 2014 Toronto] will be an international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. Highlighting Canada’s continued progress in human rights, WP14TO also celebrates the diversity and dynamism of Toronto, one of the world’s most progressive and livable cities.”

If you’re in that “progressive and livable” city for WorldPride, you’ll surely experience Toronto’s lively and colorful Church Street Gay Village. It’s one of the largest and most centrally located LGBT business and entertainment districts on the globe, with dozens of bars, restaurants, shops and other establishments catering enthusiastically to the community.

So are you packing your bags and heading to Toronto next week? We hope so! WorldPride 2014 is certainly poised to be an unprecedented, spectacular, international LGBT event.