Planning an event, whether small or large, takes a great deal of planning and organizational skills. So just imagine planning an event where you’re expecting 2 million people to attend. Mind boggling. The journey toward World Pride 2014 Toronto began in 2009 when Toronto was named as the host city for World Pride 2014. Toronto won the bid over rival, Stockholm, Sweden.
Planning an event of this magnitude is no small task. World Pride 2014 Toronto is an international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global gay communities. Highlighting Canada’s continued progress in human rights, World Pride 2014 Toronto also celebrates the diversity and inclusiveness of Toronto, one of the world’s most progressive and livable cities. This year’s festivities will mark the first World Pride celebration ever held in North America, and the fourth such festival in the world.
Coincidentally, the Province of Ontario recently elected an openly gay premier, Kathleen Wynne. In her opening remarks, Premier Wynne said “I am just proud to be part of a province that is inclusive and welcoming and loving and we should all feel so blessed to live here”. For me personally, as a resident of Ontario, what impressed me most about the recent election was that none of the political parties mentioned her sexuality. That alone makes me proud to live in such a great province and city.
Planning an Event on an International Scale
World Pride, which runs from June 20 until June 29, has a multitude of events, including:
- Arts and cultural festivals
- Flag raising ceremonies
- International human rights conference
- World Pride Gala and awards
- Street fairs
- Trans March
- Dyke March
- Pride and remembrance run
- The main pride parade
- And, of course, the closing ceremonies
For a complete list of the event’s activities, please visit: worldpridetoronto.com
World Pride 2014 Toronto is shaping up to be one of the biggest international events. The ten days of queer celebration will turn streets into parades, parks into parties and strangers into friends. If you are lucky enough to be in Toronto during this festival, get out and meet the people from around the world that are expected to gather downtown and in neighbourhoods right across the city. It doesn’t matter whether you are straight or gay, everybody is welcomed with open arms.