Thursday, June 22, 2017

Celebrate Pride 2017

This blog was prepared by Lips'n'Licks in her own personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own.

With the second annual Pride Month reaching it's peak, there are a plethora of Pride related parties, talks and events to keep you entertained and keep your energy up for the big parade this coming Sunday June, 25th. If you're looking for some awesome things to do before the big parade, continue reading to get the inside scoop!

Sweat: Yes, Yes Y'all Block Party
In it's ninth year, after being created to be a place to come in your colours and be free of judgement, Yes, Yes Y'all has dug it's roots into the community to give you a bash of a party on Pride parade Friday (June 23rd, 2017). From 6pm-2am at the OLG Central Stage you could be vibing to all the best hip-hop, R&B, soca and dancehall. There will also be live performances from dance groups like House of Monroe and a great selection of DJ's keeping the night young. And if you thought that was it, the well-known musical duo Nina Sky who gave us hits like Turnin' Me On and Move Ya Body will be headlining. They'll be onstage from 12:30am onward keeping the party popping. If you're interested, they do have parking in between the O'Grady's and Crews and Tangos on Church Street but I would advise taking the subway. And the best part about SWEAT – it's free!

Friday Night Live: Colour ROM Proud (#FNLROM)
Decorate the ROM in every colour of Pride this Friday night!! Celebrating its eleventh year, the ROM is hosting its official Pride dance party from 7pm-11pm. You can purchase tickets on the ROM website at or at the doors. Adults: $17, students: $15.50, ROM members $5. Now, I must say, this party is a bit too short for me so I would colour the ROM then head over to SWEAT (see above) to cap off my night.

Drag Ball
Let the race begin at Yonge-Dundas Square this Saturday. The Drag Ball will be held from 2pm-11pm in the middle of the downtown core with the likes of Kitty Glitter and MikeQ from Qween Beat. The show will start with a DJ set that will have you werking, thanks to Kitty Glitter. Afterwards MikeQ will be taking the stage to give us a taste of New York City's Ball Culture. There is also a set for Toronto's own to show us what they're working with. And, it's a drag ball, so come dressed to the nines and ready to give everyone your best "YAS QUEEEN!"

Family Pride
If you're looking to keep your Pride family friendly. Head down to Church Street Public School between 10am-5pm on Saturday or Sunday to join in family festivities such as sports, games, crafts, face painting and performances. The event is geared towards children from the age of 0-12 years but is inclusive for the entire family. This is a great opportunity to educate youth about the Toronto's LGBTQ+ culture and provide them with a space to show their colours.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Pride, be sure to have a loads of fun and be safe. Happy Pride!



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