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Montreal loses to Sydney, Australia in bid to host WorldPride 2023

Last Updated Oct 20, 2019 at 4:00 pm EDT

Members of the public gather in front of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia EPA/DAN HIMBRECHTS

Sydney, Australia has beaten out Montreal in the quest to host WorldPride in 2023.

The Australian city captured 60 per cent of the vote, while Montreal received 36 per cent and Austin, TX got three.

Montreal’s bid to host the international LGBTQ celebration was spearheaded by the organizers of the city’s annual pride festival, which attracts thousands of tourists and brings in some $15 million annually.

Their submission included a four-minute video highlighting the city’s diversity that ended with a brief cameo by Quebec superstar Celine Dion wrapped in a pride flag.

The host city is chosen by an international association of pride co-ordinators, and was announced Sunday morning in Athens, Greece.

Toronto became the first North American city to host the event in 2014.