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10 fabulous Pride festivals across Canada

By: Doug O'Neill

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Community & Current Events

10 fabulous Pride festivals across Canada

By: Doug O'Neill
1. World Pride Toronto 2014
Proud moment: This year is the first time a North American city has hosted World Pride. In fact, Toronto usually hosts the largest Pride festival in Canada, and (depending on the year and who's counting) Toronto's annual Pride party is the second largest (after New York) in North America. World Pride Toronto 2014 promises to be an amazing celebration for all!
Date: The Pride Parade is June 29 and the Pride Festival runs from June 20 to 29 (with some related events running from May until September). Annually, it's typically on or around Canada Day weekend.
Visit World Pride 2014 Toronto for more details.

2. Pride Vancouver

Proud moment: Vancouver hosts the largest Pride celebration in Western Canada, usually near or on August Civic Holiday. There is also a Queer Arts Festival that runs July 23 to August 9.
Date: August 3 is Pride Day.
Visit Vancouver Pride for more details.

3. Pride Montreal/Fierte Montreal
Proud moment:
Montreal's Pride festival brings together all communities regardless of language and background.
Date: Montreal's Pride parade takes place on August 18, after the Pride festival, which runs from August 11 to 17.
Visit Fierte Montreal for more details.

4. Ottawa Pride/Capital Pride

Proud moment: Ottawa hosted its first Pride festival in 1986 and it continues to grow each year.
Date: Capital Pride runs from August 15 to 24 with a rollicking parade on Aug. 24.
Visit Capital Pride for more details.

5. Edmonton Pride
Proud moment: Edmonton throws a huge Pride bash with a full roster of events each year. Download your free guide here. And don't forget to sign up for the LBGTQ Historical Bus Tour through gay Edmonton.
Date: June 6 to 15. The Parade is on June 7.
Visit Edmonton Pride for more details.

6. Pride Winnipeg

Proud moment: The people of Winnipeg are especially proud of the 2014 grand marshal for Pride Winnipeg's 27th annual parade – a young man named Hamed, who fled persecution in his native homeland of Iran and was accepted into Canada in 2012. His selection as grand marshal truly embodies the theme of this year's Pride Winnipeg – Without Borders!
Date: Pride Winnipeg festivities run from May 23 to June 1, with the Pride parade taking place on the final day -- June 1.
Visit Pride Winnipeg for more details.

7. Pride Prince George
Proud moment: Prince George hosted its first Pride festival in 1997. Pride Prince George is the largest and only Pride parade & festival in Northern British Columbia. (And the “How Rude Drag Show” at the Ramada on July 4 will be a sell-out!)
Date: July 2 to 4.
Visit Pride Prince George for more details.

8. Halifax Pride
Proud Moment: Only about 75 people marched in the first Pride parade in Halifax in 1997. It was a demonstration to stop discrimination. Today, almost 100,000 people from all walks of life show up to celebrate! We're proud of you, Halifax!
Date: July 17 to 27 -- The parade is on July 26.
Visit Halifax Pride for more details.

9. Pride PEI
Proud moment: The tiniest province in Canada knows how to celebrate Pride! Are we surprised that the sweetest province in Canada includes a Cupcake Decorating event as part of their Pride Festivities! Now that's class-eh! Love you PEI! And there's Yoga for Pride on July 29.
Date: July 27 to August 2. The parade is on August 2.
Visit Pride Prince Edward Island for more details.

10. Across Canada and around the world!

For more dates of Pride festivals and events across Canada and elsewhere in the world from Mumbai, India, to Chicago, Illinois, visit Fierte Canada and Inter Pride.

Happy Pride!

Learn more about Toronto's historic Church Street, fun events happening around town and more about this fantastic event in our celebration of WorldPride 2014 in Toronto.

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