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Pride parade and other events mark first weekend of summer

Last Updated Jun 21, 2019 at 9:51 am EDT

A man holds a flag on a hockey stick during the Pride parade in Toronto on June 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Summer officially arrives just before noon Friday and you need to celebrate the sunny season. There are several events taking place this weekend in the city including the Pride parade.

As you make your weekend plans, keep in mind that road closures will be in effect for Pride and other events. Also, trains won’t be running on Line 3 starting at 11 p.m. Saturday and into Sunday due to repair work. Shuttle buses and Wheel-Trans service will be running.


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Pride weekend
The month-long celebration culminates this weekend with several festivities including the Pride parade on Sunday. The parade starts at 2 p.m. at Bloor and Church streets and makes it way down Yonge Street to Yonge-Dundas Square. Earlier in the weekend, the Trans March will take place on Friday and the Dyke March on Saturday. There is also the Pride and Remembrance Run on Saturday and the Pride Streetfair from Friday to Sunday.

Below are the road closures for the various Pride events:

Pride Streetfair (Friday-Monday): Church Street from Dundas to Bloor streets will be shut down from 10 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.

Trans March (Friday): The march starts at Church and Isabella streets at 8 p.m. on Friday and makes it way to Allan Gardens. Roads will be closed along the route. Click here for a list.

Pride and Remembrance Run (Saturday): The event, which includes a five-kilometre road race and walk, starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and takes place on Wellesley Street and Queen’s Park Crescent. Road closures will be in effect from 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Click here for a list.

Dyke March (Saturday): The march starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at Church and Hayden Streets and makes it way to Allan Gardens. Roads along the route will be closed.

Pride Parade (Sunday): The parade starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at Church Street and Bloor Street East, and continues on Yonge and Dundas streets to Yonge-Dundas Square. Road closures will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here for a list.

A screenshot of the Pride Toronto guide via pridetoronto.com.
A screenshot of the Pride Toronto guide via pridetoronto.com.

 

Other events

TD Toronto Jazz Festival
The arrival of summer marks the start of the jazz festival, which gets underway on Friday and runs until June 30. Music lovers can take in more than 175 free shows at various spots in the Yorkville area. During opening weekend, a section of Bloor Street in Yorkville will be closed for performances at the mainstage that include The Blues Brothers co-founder Dan Aykroyd. Cumberland Street will be closed during the 10-day festival for free performances, a Mardi Gras-themed Friday Night Live at the ROM, live entertainment with Cirque du Soleil, hula hoop workshops, and fun for the whole family.

Indigenous Arts Festival
Fort York will be home to the free three-day arts festival that features dance and music, storytelling, an arts and crafts market, food, and more. It starts on Friday and runs until Sunday.

Junction Summer Solstice
Celebrate the good things that a new season brings at the retro-themed beach party in the Junction. The street party on Dundas Street West runs from noon to midnight on Saturday. Enjoy live music and street performances, an assortment of food, an arts and crafts market, and tons of fun.

The Queensway Buttertart Festival
If you love butter tarts, this festival has your name on it. Head down to Queensway Park, near The Queensway and Royal York Road, on Saturday an array of the treats created by pastry chefs across the GTA. There will also be other food as well as a beer garden, live music and a kids zone.

Other road closures

TD Toronto Jazz Festival (Friday-June 30): Cumberland Street will be closed between Old York Lane and Bellair Street from noon Friday until midnight on June 30. Bloor Street West will be shut down between Avenue Road and St. Thomas Street from noon Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. Click here for a full list of road closures during the jazz festival.

Summer Solstice Festival (Saturday): Dundas Street West between Indian Grove and Keele Street, and Keele Street and High Park Avenue, will be closed from 5 a.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday. Click here for additional closures.