Toronto’s Pride month festivities kick off on June 1, with non-stop activities taking place throughout the city.
The 38th annual Toronto Pride Parade will be taking place on June 24 and this year’s Pride celebrations will honour members of the LGBT community who lost their lives, including the eight men believed to be murdered by alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.
The most visible sign of mourning will be seen at the Pride Parade, where spectators are encouraged to wear black to mourn the victims.
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Toronto resident Jesse Lutersz has set up a Facebook event to encourage those attending this year’s parade to wear black in order to “honour those we have recently lost, as well as those who we may never find or identify.”
This year, rather than ending with a sea of vibrant colours, the parade will end with a sea of black as spectators march in silence to commemorate those the LGBT community, and the city, have lost.
New to Pride this year is an “alcohol open carry program”, in which 19+ festival goers with a wristband will be able to purchase alcoholic drinks from participating partners and walk around designated areas across the festival.