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Celebrate Pride Day across Ontario as events kick off in June | Things to do

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June is here and with it the fun and awesome celebration of Pride Month.

Many communities have events planned to honor the 2SLGBTQ+ population. Here is a quick summary of some parties or parades you may want to check out:

Halton Region

Halton Pride Fest will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hidden Valley Park in Burlington. Expect drag queens, bounce houses, lawn games, food, music and vendors. Tickets are $10. For the event schedule, visit Halton Pride Fest.

Ottawa Valley

The Perth parade begins at Stewart Public School at 2:20pm on Saturday, June 1, followed by a community festival at Last Duel Park at 4:30pm. For a full schedule of Pride Month events in the region, visit www.queerconnectionlanark.ca.

Pembroke Pride will host its family picnic on Sunday, June 2, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Upper Ottawa Valley Heritage Centre. For more information, visit the Pembroke Pride Facebook page.

Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge

Tri-Pride is hosting its Pride in the Park: Summerfest on Saturday, June 1 from noon to 8 p.m. at Willow River Park in Kitchener. There will be music, drag performances and booths. Click here to see the program and more.

Brampton

Catch musical performances, including Witch Prophet, at Brampton's Pride event on Sunday, June 2 from 2-7 p.m. Join the celebration at Garden Square. Find more information here.

Durham County

The Pride Durham Parade will take place on Sunday, June 2 at 1 p.m. on Harwood Ave. S. in Ajax between Falby Court and Kings Crescent. Watch the parade make its way down the street showcasing the spirit and diversity of the community. This year's parade celebrates 20 years of diversity and promotes inclusivity. Find out more here.

North Durham Pride is hosting its own Pride march on Saturday, June 8th at 9am from Palmer Park in Port Perry and marching down Queen Street and back. Find out more here

Barrie

Barrie Pride will march through downtown Barrie at 2 p.m. on June 1 to remind residents how far it has come, what remains to be done and what is at stake. There will be no floats this year as the organization takes a carbon neutral, green approach. The parade will begin at Sam Cancilla Park and head back down Dunlop Street to Meridian Place with vendors and music. For more information, visit barriepride.org.

Fierté Simcoe Pride is hosting events throughout the month, including social gatherings throughout Simcoe County. Meet friends at the Barrie Public Library's downtown branch on June 17 from 6-8 p.m., in Midland on June 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and in Orillia on June 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Find more events here.

Niagara

Pride Niagara presents Pride in the Park on Saturday, June 8 from 12:00pm to 10:30pm at Montebello Park. Featuring musical entertainment and Canada's Drag Race contestant Aurora Matrix. For more information, visit prideniagara.com.

York Region

The York Pride Parade will take place on Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m. on Main Street South in Newmarket. More than 50 floats and 2,000 participants will participate. For more information on events planned for this month, visit yorkpride.ca.

Toronto

The annual Toronto Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, June 30 at 2 p.m. along Yonge Street between Bloor and Gould Streets. A street festival and vendors will be located along Church Street. Additional parades and events are planned throughout the weekend. For more information, visit pridetoronto.com.

Kawartha Lakes

Pride in the Park will be held Friday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maryboro Lodge Museum in Fenelon Falls. The family-friendly event will feature a drag queen storytime, a DJ, face painting, arts and crafts and more. Find out more here.

Muskoka

The Muskoka Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, July 28 at 12:30 p.m. along Manitoba Street in Bracebridge. For more information or to register, visit muskokapride.com.

North Bay

The North Bay Pride Festival will be held September 11-15. More details to come. To stay up to date with news and events, visit northbaypride.ca.

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