TORONTO – WorldPride 2014 officially kicked off Friday.
Melissa Etheridge will headline the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square.
But the biggest events which cap off the week will be the marches: the Trans March, Dyke March and Pride Parade next weekend.
Those events happen next weekend.
The Trans March
When: Friday, June 27
Time: 7 p.m.
The march is billed as one of the largest events in the trans community. This year, the march will honour Monica Forrester, who produces a bi-monthly magazine, and Dr. Alex Abramovich who has fought to help improve LGTQ2S youth homelessness in Toronto.
The march begins at the intersection of Church Street and Isabella Street before heading north to Bloor Street, west to Yonge Street and south to Dundas Street where the march finishes.
The Dyke March
When: Saturday, June 28
Time: 2 p.m.
The annual dyke march is not a parade, according to the Pride website, but a “political demonstration of critical mass, a moment seized to revel in the strength, diversity and passion of LGBTTIQQ2SA women and trans folk.”
It starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28 in Allen Gardens and moves west along Carlton Street to Yonge Street. Then the march continues north to Charles Street East and ends at the George Hislop Parkette.
The Pride Parade
When: Sunday, June 29
Time: 1 p.m.
The annual Pride Parade is sure to be the highlight of the week’s festivities drawing over 200,000 watchers.
The parade starts at the intersection of Church Street and Bloor Street before moving west to Yonge street where it continues south before ending at Yonge and Dundas Square.