• 2017: 
  • Festival Review
June 9th-18th, 2017
2017 marked the seventeenth year of pride celebrations in York Region. This year:
  • We celebrated the eleventh year of York Pride Fest, which was launched as a new annual festival in 2007.
  • Our theme for this year was 'Colours of Canada' reflecting the diversity of our community.
  • Official flag-raising ceremonies were hosted by York Regional Police, the Towns of Aurora, Georgina and Richmond Hill and the Cities of Markham and Vaughan.
  • York Regional Police also flew the rainbow flag across the region at each of their five district headquarters, their training centre in East Gwillimbury and community safety village in Whitchurch-Stouffville.
  • PFLAG York Region hosted an afternoon family pride event in Town Park, Richmond Hill.
  • A 'Queer Wellness Festival' was hosted by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) at Aurora Cultural Centre.
  • Pride awareness displays were mounted at major public libraries across the region.
  • Pride church services were held at both Richmond Hill United Church and Newmarket's Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
  • A 'Night of Love & Kindness' youth event was held in remembrance of the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, on the anniversary of that tragedy.
  • We staged our fifth annual Pride Parade on Main Street in Newmarket.
  • Concurrently, our Pride on Riverwalk event, alongside the Farmers' Market at Riverwalk Commons in Newmarket, featured live entertainment, a community fair, plus interactive activities and book readings for kids and families.
  • Throughout the evening following the Pride Parade, Cachet Restaurant+Bar in Newmarket hosted a Pride Patio Party featuring live entertainment and Pride menu specials.