Canada: Toronto WorldPride festival attracts crowds, ‘streets overflowing’
Over 12,000 marched in the WorldPride parade yesterday in Toronto, in the culmination of the week-long festival.
According to the city, the festival is estimated to have brought in a total of 2 million people to the city, creating 3,000 jobs and bringing $286 million.
People from over 350 groups marched in the parade, with flags from Uganda, Suriname and Jamaica were among those spotted in the crowd.
— cherylhoward.com (@cdngrrleh) June 30, 2014
Pride Toronto co-chair Sean Hillier said on the day that “the streets are overflowing” with people at the parade.
— Chastity Brooker (@TheChastityBelt) June 30, 2014
Kenneth van Emden came from Suriname and told The Canadian Press: “It’s very important to bring people all over the world together, people who in their country don’t have the opportunity to speak out, to have a voice.”
He added: “I think this platform gave people from around the world a voice in the fight (for) getting acceptance” and battling intolerance back home.”
— Olivia Chow (@oliviachow) June 29, 2014
Toronto also hosted a LGBT human rights conference which hundreds of delegates attended.
Toronto: Even our famed doughnut shops are getting into World Pride: pic.twitter.com/uVfQ9HJNk3
— Reginald Braithwaite (@raganwald) June 22, 2014
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The next World Pride will be held in Madrid in 2017.