Sunday, June 28, 2009
Happy Gay Pride Week!
Toronto celebrates Gay Pride for a full week in late June (June 19 through June 28, in 2009), in part to honor what many consider to be one of the foremost events in the history of lesbian and gay rights, New York City's Stonewall Riots, which commenced early in the morning on June 28, 1969. One of North America's leading gay destinations, Toronto has been holding Pride observances since '70s, and events have been held annually here since 1981. These days, Toronto Pride's most prominent event, the Pride Parade, draws more than 1.2 million spectators and participants annually, making it one of the top such draws in the world. The key Toronto Gay Pride events take place in the city's Church Street area, around the intersection with Wellesley Street.