For the first time ever, North America will play host to WorldPride 2014 and take place right in downtown Toronto this June. WorldPride 2014 Toronto (WP14TO) will support the international movement of activism, education, culture of global LGBT communities over the years, including Canada’s continued progress in human rights and beautiful diversity of Toronto.
For ten days, the city's neighbourhoods will be transformed with colourful parties, parades and celebrations attracting an expected 5 million visitors - 5 times the attendance of Pride Week in Toronto in 2009.
Among the festivities will be musical highlights from Melissa Etheridge who will open WorldPride and Tegan & Sara in the closing ceremonies.
According to Gscene, international dance music divas Deborah Cox and ‘The Original Weather Girl’ Martha Wash are also confirmed to perform, along with world famous DJ’s David Morales and Quentin Harris.
Additional official event highlights of WP14TO will include the grand Opening Ceremony on June 20, WorldPride Gala and Awards, the Trans March, Dyke March and the colourful WorldPride Parade.
There will also be a multitude of singer-songwriters, spoken word, youth showcases, drag artists, burlesque and dancers to entertain. Plus films, photography, art and an entire plethora of artistic genres represented in programs like Alterna-Queer and Blockorama.
For families, WorldPride will be featuring children’s performers, activities, and more in the family-friendly zone ‘Family Pride’ at The Church Street Public School.