With preparations well under way for WorldPride 2014 in Toronto, Canada, the next host city for the festivities has been chosen: Madrid, Spain, in 2017.
Not much for 2017 has been officially confirmed this far in advance, but those who want an idea can look to Toronto, where WorldPride 2014 is scheduled to take place from June 20-29. Travel site See Toronto Now describes World Pride as “an international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA communities.” Regarding the 2014 festivities in Toronto specifically, it says, “WP14TO also celebrates the diversity and dynamism of Toronto, one of the world’s most progressive and livable cities.”
According to WorldPride 2014 Toronto (WP14TO), the provincial capital of Ontario will be hosting a multitude of events, including an Arts and Culture Festival, scheduled to last the entire ten days; the WP14TO International Human Rights Conference & Program, June 25-27; WorldPride Gala and Awards, June 26; Streetfair and Arts & Culture Festival, June 27-29; and the Trans March on June 27. The most jam-packed of all may be June 28, which is the day of the Dyke March, the Pride and Remembrance Run, and the Stonewall 45th Anniversary. Everything wraps up on June 29, with the Pride Parade and WP14TO Closing Ceremony.
WorldPride isn’t held every year. The first was in Rome in 2000; the second, in 2006, was in Jerusalem; and the most recent was in London, in 2012. After the 2014 festivities, the next WorldPride will be Madrid’s in 2017; part of Toronto’s closing ceremonies will be to give the Spanish capital the emblem of WorldPride’s host city.
The atmosphere in both Toronto and Madrid is typical of large cities today; their populations are very diverse, creating a culture of openness and freedom, and gay pride parties aren’t attended only by the LGBT community. According to eTurboNews, locals in Madrid refer to simply “the Pride festivities,” rather than Gay Pride, because everyone enjoys them.
MTV’s Logo channel voted Madrid “Best Annual Gay Destination” in both 2009 and 2010.