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York Pride Fest organizers join 105.9 The Region hosts to talk about our Pride festival.
York Pride Fest organizers join 105.9 The Region hosts to talk about our Pride festival.
Mayor Dave Barrow and York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe thank the Sheraton Parkway Hotel for refreshments provided at the Richmond Hill flag-raising ceremony.
Mayor Dave Barrow and York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe thank the Sheraton Parkway Hotel for refreshments provided at the Richmond Hill flag-raising ceremony.
York Regional Police unveil their Pride vehicle.
York Regional Police unveil their Pride vehicle.
Scenes from the glow and paint party.
Scenes from the glow and paint party.
Scenes from the glow and paint party.
Rainbow coloured candles symbolising life, healing, sunlight, nature, harmony and spirit were lit during the Pride Church Service.
Rainbow coloured candles symbolising life, healing, sunlight, nature, harmony and spirit were lit during the Pride Church Service.
Markham councillors cut and share a cake prepared by the city to commemorate Pride Week.
Markham councillors cut and share a cake prepared by the city to commemorate Pride Week.
York Pride Fest volunteers celebrate the raising of the Rainbow flag in Markham.
York Pride Fest volunteers celebrate the raising of the Rainbow flag in Markham.
WorldPride
Parade participant pauses for a rest and a photo op!
Proud To Be Trans
105.9 The Region interview parade participants while providing live coverage of the parade
AIDS Committee of York Region
MADD
PFLAG York Region
The Liberal Party
Richmond Hill United Church
LOFT/Crosslinks Street Outreach
Roller Derby League
Gay Day at Wonderland
Photos from the Pride Parade.
York Pride Fest float in the WorldPride parade
York Pride Fest float in the WorldPride parade
Photos from the Toronto WorldPride Parade.
June 14th-22nd, 2014
2014 marked the fourteenth year of pride celebrations in York Region. It was also the year of WorldPride in the GTA - the first time that WorldPride had been hosted in North America. This year:
  • Pride week was launched by an official flag-raising ceremony hosted by the Town of Richmond Hill. The City of Markham also hosted an official ceremony at the beginning of Pride Week.
  • The rainbow flag was also flown on civic flag poles in Aurora, Georgina, Newmarket and Vaughan.
  • Pride awareness displays were mounted at major public libraries across the region.
  • Our Pride Church Service was held in Newmarket at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
  • York Pride Fest featured social events in Aurora, Richmond Hill and the first ever Pride event in Sutton.
  • Other events included a glow and paint party in Toronto, a drag, music and stand up comedy event in Richmond Hill and a Sexy Party hosted by the AIDS committee of York Region.
  • We staged our second annual Pride Parade on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill which, as a WorldPride affiliate event, attracted visitors from Toronto in addition to local residents.
  • One week later, we participated in the WorldPride Parade in Toronto, representing York Pride Fest and other LGBT organizations from York Region.
Official Flag-Raising Ceremony in Richmond Hill
The Rainbow Flag raised at Richmond Hill Civic Centre. On June 14th, the Town of Richmind Hill hosted an official Pride flag-raising ceremony at their civic centre, with refreshments provided by the Sheraton Parkway Hotel. The event was attended by Mayor Dave Barrow and members of council, Chief Eric Jolliffe and officers of York Regional Police, representatives from York Pride Fest, Toronto WorldPride, PFLAG York Region and other local organizations. During the event, York Regional Police unveiled their new Pride vehicle which was featured at several Pride Week events including our Pride Parade.
Glow Party
Glow and Paint Party On the evening of June 14th, York Pride Fest hosted one of the hottest glow and paint parties ever seen in the GTA at Club 120 in Toronto.
Featuring Neon Avatar Pole Dancer, Neon GoGo Boy, Vogue Dancers, hot underwear giveaways by Addiction Apparel, plus a few gallons of paint, this club event attracted party goers from both York Region and downtown Toronto.
Pride Church Service
Pride Church Service at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Newmarket Continuing a tradition that dates back to 2002, York Region's 2014 Pride Week festival included a Pride Church Service at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Newmarket on Sunday June 15th. The service was delivered by Rev. Dawn Hutchings and included participation by members of PFLAG York Region. It was followed by a social hour with light refreshments kindly provided by members of the church.
Official Flag-Raising Ceremony in Markham
Councillors, other digitiaries and community members raise the Rainbow Flag at the City of Markham civic centre. In celebration of Pride Week, the City of Markham raised the Pride flag on June 16 to show their support for the LGBT community. City councillor Valerie Burke spoke during a short formal ceremony, as did Haran Vijayanathan, executive director of My House: Rainbow Resources of York Region. They were joined by city councillors, staff, representatives from several organizations and guests during the subsequent flag-raising outside the civic centre followed by a reception in the Grand Hall. A number of plaques were displayed by the City, mapping the history of LGBT both globally and within York Region. The city also served Pride cake and other refreshments to event attendees.
Social Evening At The Lone Star Texas Grill in Richmond Hill
Lone Star Texas Grill In Richmond Hill On Tuesday 17th June we hosted an informal social evening at the Lone Star Texas Grill in Richmond Hill. The event was attended by many community members of various age groups, their families and friends, as well as many members of PFLAG York Region and youth from York Region GSA.
Karaoke and Wings Night in Sutton
Wings and Karoke night in Sutton On the evening of Wednesday 18th June, we hosted the first LGBT Pride event ever to be held in Sutton - a wings and karoke night at the Mansion House Restaurant and Bar. Attendees enjoyed great company, wings for 5.99 and participated in Karaoke, organized by VideoMeKaroke.
Social Evening At Jonathan's Restaurant in Aurora
Jonathan's Restaurant in Aurora On the evening of Thursday 19th June, we hosted a third social evening at Jonathan's Restaurant in Aurora. On several occasions in recent years Jonathan's has supported the AIDS Committee of York Region as a participating restaurant in that organization's annual 'Taste For Life' fundraising event.
WERQ in YR - 'Into The Wild'
Casey's Bar And Grill Featuring Ivana Slapavich, Brandi Cotton Candi, Futura Black, Ashton Martin, DJ Jason and comedians Dawn Whitwell and Adrienne Fish, this event offered a night of drag, music and stand up comedy. Held at the Hot Spot bar in Richmond Hill on Friday 20th June, this wild night of high-energy music and epic performances concluded our mid-week events.
York Region's Pride Parade!
Dr Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham, On June 22nd 2014, we staged York Region's second annnual Pride Parade on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill. This year's parade was also a WorldPride affiliate event attracting visitors from Toronto in a addition to local residents.
York Pride Fest was proud to welcome Mr Ken Thurston, Director of Education at York Region District School Board, as our Parade Marshal for 2014.
Other participants represented various organizations including York Region Gay-Straight Alliance (YRGSA), Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, PFLAG York Region + PFLAG Durham Region, Alliston Roller Derby Group, World Pride 2014 and Pride Toronto, The Liberal Party, AIDS Committee York Region, My House: Rainbow Resources of York Region, GayYorkRegion.com, York Region EMS, York Region District School Board, Richmond Hill Fire & Emergency Services, Blue Door Shelters, CUPE, York Regional Police, LOFT Community Services, MADD, 360° kids, Sandgate Women's Shelters and York Childrens' Aid Society.
The parade started at the Elgin Barrow Arena Complex, travelled west to Yonge Street and then north, past the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, and had been intended to end at the Falcon & Firkin pub. However, parade participants made an improptu decision to extend the route by continuing up to Crosby Avenue and then returning to the Falcon & Firkin.
Following the parade, organizers and participants joined spectators at our StreetFair at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Local businesses including the Falcon & Firkin pub, Covernotes, Ti Amo Gelato, Fresh Food To Go, Cafe En Passant and Quiznos, ensured a plentiful supply of food and drink, whilst the event was also supported and promoted by the Dick and Jane Romance Boutique and Klassic Kitchen. Meanwhile the streetfair offered live music, community booths and an opportunity for all in attendance to socialize.
Sexy Party
On the evening of the parade, the AIDS Committee of York Region (ACYR) hosted a big sexy party at the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre.
WorldPride Pride in Toronto
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto WorldPride parade. The following weekend, we participated in the Toronto WorldPride parade on June 29th. This was the seventh consecutive year that LGBT organizations of York Region had been represented in the pride parade. Our parade volunteers included representatives from several organizations including the York Region GSA (YRGSA).
Pride Displays
Throughout Pride Week, pride displays were mounted at major Public Libraries in Aurora, Holland Landing, Keswick, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Pride display at Richmond Hill Public Library
Proclamations
In 2014, Pride week was again granted official recognition by York Region. It was also proclaimed by all municipalities, except King Township and East Gwillimbury which have adopted 'no proclamations' policies.
York Region Map: A=Aurora, EG=East Gwillimbury, G=Georgina, K=King, M=Markham, N=Newmarket, RH=Richmoond Hill, V=Vaughan, W-S=Whitchurch-Stouffville