Pride Toronto is excited to be taking a more sustainable approach to its annual Parade with the goal to eventually host a zero-waste Pride festival in the future. In order to do our part in reducing the carbon footprint of the festival weekend, we are strongly encouraging Parade contingents, sponsors, partners and community members to consider marching in the annual Parade over the use of registering vehicles and floats. This eco-friendly approach is not only better for our environment but also allows us to celebrate the origins of Pride Toronto that started as a protest. Costumes, themed collectives and creativity is highly encouraged. Should registering a vehicle or float still be preferred, we are introducing new requirements and regulations that must be abided by in order to participate in the Parade. Details include:
- Vehicles must either be:
- A certified hybrid vehicle.
- A certified e-powered vehicle.
- A vehicle with a diesel engine that will exclusively use biodiesel for the duration of the Parade (this includes arrival and departure).
- Trailers must be a maximum length of 14 feet. Please ensure that your vehicle hitch ball is the correct weight and size to pull the respected trailer.
Proof of compliance to the new regulations must be provided to Pride Toronto no later than June 10, 2022.
We know this is a big change and we understand that this may make acquiring a vehicle more challenging. With that in mind, we have created a list of resources to help make the transition as simple as possible. We encourage participants to work with eco-friendly trucking companies or companies already utilizing biodiesel in their transport fleet as well as referencing the Government of Canada’s SmartWay Partner Profiles program.
Some suggested trucking companies to connect with:
For information on biodiesel and where to purchase please see below: