It is no secret that weather was not exactly cooperative this past Pride weekend, but that did not stop the spirited festival-goers. From the roaring parties all weekend long to the crowd-drawing parade, this year is proof that it’ll take more than a little rain to stop Toronto’s Pride! Members of the LGBTQ+ community from far and wide made their way to the Gay Village to celebrate with loved ones.
Whether it was drinking at one of several music stages, or crowding along Yonge St. for the legendary Pride parade, there were many opportunities to show your colours. A diverse array of the community made it out to be their proudest self. Friday and Saturday held all kinds of music, dancing, food, and coming together as a community. Whether you found yourself celebrating the whole weekend, or could only come out to a few events, Pride Toronto never fails to make for some great memories and experiences.
Running from 2pm to 7pm on Sunday, this year’s parade featured over 120 floats and groups bringing the party along the streets of Toronto. The intermittent rain had nothing on the excitement and loud music that carried along the entire route. With confetti, beads, shirts, and water being fired off into the crowd, it was far from your average parade. A little poor weather was barely noticeable when standing among a crowd filled with love, pride, and celebration.
From DJs hyping up the crowd to traveling karaoke getting everyone to sing Karma Chameleon, there was little wavering the high energy that the crowds gave back. But it was not all just fun and bright colours. Through the groups remembering passed LGBTQ+ victims, the celebration was balanced out by the sombre tone of Pride’s history. Between the spirited festivities and the serious reflection, the significance of this weekend shone through in profound moments during the parade. People of all ages were brought together as part of a larger community that was out and proud of who they are.
Whether it was your first Pride or you been in attendance for the 38 years it has been in Toronto, your participation is what makes Pride so special. Even if you were there alone, or with friends and family, you have a place in the Pride community to be yourself and be proud.
As Pride Toronto seems to get bigger and better every year, we cannot wait what Pride 2019 has to offer! Until then, continue to celebrate every for being who you are. Be loud, be proud, be yourself. See you next year!