Toronto’s Pride Prade festivities get in progress on Sunday evening. As a huge number of Canadians will slip on the city to celebrate decent variety, acceptance and to march in protest, Pride Toronto security has been heightened.
In the Toronto’s Pride, which is one of the biggest Pride festivities in North America, is generally an exciting however peaceful march, enabling people from LGBTQ+ communities and beyond to celebrate their individuality on the streets of Toronto. However, Pride Toronto organizers have now taken the decision to step up security at the city’s event today, following a confrontation arising at another Pride celebration in the country.
2019’s Pride events will likewise stamp the 50th commemoration of New York City’s Stonewall Riots, which are to a great extent credited to be the introduction of the gay rights movement. The demonstrations took place following a series of police raids on LGBT establishments in the city, including the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.
It was confirmed earlier this week by Pride Toronto executive director, Olivia Nuamah, that organizers and police will be stepping up security at the 2019 Toronto event. This decision was made after an altercation broke out at the Hamilton Pride festival last weekend, where several people ended up with minor injuries.
Toronto, Pride Weekend is FINALLY HERE! 🌈
We can’t wait to see you all LOUD & PROUD all weekend. Stay safe, stay hydrated, and have fun!
Let’s show this city what we’re all about!
— Pride Toronto (@PrideToronto) June 21, 2019
This, Nuamah says, is what makes the event so important, and why Pride should be called a protest rather than a celebration. “When people ask what is Pride and why we continue to call Pride a protest” Nuamah said. “There is a significant problem when it comes to full acceptance of the LGBTQ2+ community in Canada and all over the world.”
— City of Toronto (@cityoftoronto) June 22, 2019
Happy Pride Toronto! The members of the @TorontoPolice are working all weekend to keep the peace and ensure public safety so everyone can enjoy the celebrations. Please say hello to the many officers you will see and let’s enjoy this great weekend together. #Pride2019 #PrideTO
— Mark Saunders (@marksaunderstps) June 22, 2019
To combat any potential protestors, both Pride Toronto and Toronto police have added extra security measures to ensure the event remains a safe space for everyone. Nuaamah said, “Between the two of us we pretty much promise that our Pride will be a Pride that will not be infected with this disease.”
Toronto’s Pride parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Church and Bloor streets and will continue across to Yonge Street, south on Yonge to Dundas Street and east on Dundas to Victoria Street. Tens of thousands of people are expected to march in the parade in Canada’s biggest city.
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