Continuing in my series on Toronto Pride activities, this time I’m going to talk about the three main marches that you can watch or participate in this June. Spectating is welcome, but if you choose to march alongside queer people and their allies, that is also welcome as long as you are mindful of your own and everyone else’s safety.
The first march of the year is the Trans Pride March, coming into its 9th year. Trans, nonbinary, genderfluid, and androgynous people are welcomed with open arms to the march, as are their friends and allies. Trans women of colour and members of the disabled community will lead the march, to pay tribute to the trans women who are the reason for Pride in the first place. The rally is happening on Church Street and Hayden Street on June 22nd at 7 PM, with the actual March beginning at 8 PM.
On the 23rd, the Dyke March takes place, to celebrate the existence and strength of women and trans people in the queer community, in Toronto and the world. After the march, there will be a rally in Allan Gardens where you’ll be able to catch some performances, meet queer women, and participate in some activities (crafting at this rally is always so much fun!). This march also starts on Church and Hayden Street; mark your calendars for June 23rd, at 1 PM.
The most famous march is the Toronto Pride Parade, boasting over 120 groups and 40 registered floats. Over the years, everyone from CBC to the Minister of Canada has marched or been on a float in this parade, and it truly is one of the most energetic events of the year. This years emcee will be Miss Conception, a local and loved drag queen, and if last year is anything to go by, she’ll do great. The parade starts on Bloor Street and Church Street on June 24th, at 2 PM.