WorldPride takes on Toronto

The annual WorldPride Week took place in Toronto this past June, bringing in crowds from all over the world. With ten main events and a large marriage ceremony, Toronto hosted one of the most powerful WorldPride Weeks in history.

One of the murals dedicated to WorldPride was painted on The 519 Church Street Community Center as a joint effort to help clean up graffiti in Toronto.

One of the murals dedicated to WorldPride was painted on The 519 Church Street Community Center as a joint effort to help clean up graffiti in Toronto.

From June 20-29, the city of Toronto was decorated in WorldPride flags, colors and promotions. The 519 Church Street Community Center was the center point of the WorldPride festivities. I was lucky enough to get to attend the unique experience and all it had to offer people. While I didn’t attend every day of the festival, I was able to make it to a few major events, such as DJ Central and The Village Streetfair, during my stay in Toronto.

The Village Streetfair is unlike anything I have seen before; people from all over the world had come together to express who they really were and it was a judgment-free area. Everyone was friendly on the street, and when I was lost, multiple people stopped to help my directionally-challenged self.

One of the highlights for me was the DJ Central. There, dancers were pumping the massive crowds up with their incredible talents. DJ Central was located just off The Village Streetfair, and along the streetfair were booths from different international and local vendors, multiple competitions for fun, concerts and local bars and restaurants open to host the thousands of people in the crowds.

My experience at WorldPride was unlike anything else, at DJ Central you had image (1)transgenders who showed off their confidence and pride in themselves by dancing and singing and competing in dance offs with volunteers from the crowd. I honestly have never seen people being so proud of who they are and how they live their lives before.

WorldPride in Toronto was a success thanks to the thousands of people who came out from all over the world. It was one of the most eye opening and amazing experiences I’ve ever been able to take part in.

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