Pride Parade

Sun June 27 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Executive Statement from Sherwin Modest and The Board of Directors

This year, Pride Toronto celebrates its 40th Anniversary. In February 1981 – 40 years ago – four bathhouses downtown were violently surprised by a series of coordinated raids called “Operation Soap.” Plain clothed police officers entered The Barracks, The Club, Richmond Street Health Emporium, and Roman II Health & Recreation Spa.
Later in the year, “Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Toronto”, now Pride Toronto, was legally incorporated and an estimated 1,500 people celebrated Pride Day on Sunday, June 28th, 1981 at Grange Park.

We are excited to be commemorating our 40th Anniversary by sharing our story through digital content and by showcasing our heroes, our Elders, of the Toronto Queer and Trans communities.

Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, communities across Toronto, especially racialized and marginalized communities, are frustrated, exhausted, and anxious about their future. However, this year has also highlighted their sacrifices and resiliency in the face of great challenges.

The 2SLGBTQ+ communities continue to be among the most vulnerable in Canada and hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Facing significant discrimination in all areas of life, barriers to accessing healthcare and mental health services, and higher rates of homelessness, poverty, and social isolation — one thing is evident, our community needs ongoing support now more than ever.

Pride Toronto is supporting this work by prioritizing community-focused programming, amplifying local advocacy, and elevating the most marginalized voices in our community.

We are thankful for the ongoing work, commitment, and support of staff, volunteers, members, sponsors, and the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We look forward to celebrating the 2021 Pride Toronto Festival and our 40th Anniversary with you!

Thank You to all the Parade Contingents

TD Ready Commitment Logo
Affirm United Church of Canada Logo
Greenpeace Logo
Ontario Tech University Logo
Toronto Pflag Logo
Ontario NDP Caucus logo
The Liberal Party of Canada Logo
Toronto Centre Greens logo
Ontario Liberal Party Logo
680 News Logo
98.1 CHFI Logo
Access Storage Logo
Amazon Logo
American Express Logo
Amgen Logo
Babe Logo
The Beer Store Logo
Brickworks Ciderhouse Logo
BudLight Logo
Bud Light Seltzer Logo
Bromwich & Smith logo
CIBC Logo
Citi Bank Logo
Citytv Logo
CPA Ontario Logo
Deloitte Logo
Desjardins Logo
Fido Logo
Gilead Sciences Canada Logo
Google Logo
Ikea Logo
IN Magazine Logo
Interac Logo
KISS 92.5 Logo
Manulife Logo
Metrolinx Logo
Rexall Logo
Microsoft Logo
Maple Leaf Logo
MLSE Logo
National Bank Logo
Nordstrom Logo
OLG Logo
Outfront Logo
OUTtv Logo
Proud FM 103.9 Logo
RBC Logo
Scotiabank Logo
Skip the Dishes Logo
Sportsnet Logo
Home Depot Logo
Winners, Homesense, Marshalls Logos
Toronto Regional Real Estate Board Logo
Trojan Logo
TSC Logo
Tweed Logo
U.S. Consulate General Toronto Logo
VIZZY Hard Seltzer Logo
Walmart Logo
Wella Logo
Toronto Bi+ Network Logo
2-spirit people of the 1st nations logo
Casey House​ Logo
Toronto Community Housing Logo
Progress Place Logo
OSSTF_FEESO Logo
Fair Vote Toronto Logo
Brain Injury Society of Toronto​ logo
Alliance For South Asian Aids Prevention (ASAAP) Logo
RyePride Logo
Toronto District School Board Logo
Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP)​ Logo
EngiQueers Canada Logo
Forte The Toronto Gay Men's Chorus Logo
Distress Centres of Greater Toronto Logo
LGBTQ+ at the J Logo
One Gorgeous Boat Dragon Boat Racing Team logo
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