I wouldn’t have expected this from the Advocate but it happened. The headline reads Photos: Canada’s Largest Pride. The article/photos are of Toronto Pride 2013. Toronto Pride is actually North America’s largest pride and the 3rd largest Pride festival in the world.
In 2012 the estimated attendance was 1.22 million people. While they are still awaiting official numbers from the organizers and police, as someone who was in the parade and on the street and had been last year, this year was certainly larger. Yet the Advocate listed attendance as “hundreds of thousands” down playing the numbers. I’m not sure why they did this or refused to acknowledge Toronto as the largest pride in North America, my only guess is that because it is in Canada the Advocate doesn’t want it’s American readers to think they are some how being out done.
It’s not as if we’re not used to being glossed over here in Canada. We get everything from people thinking it is actually below freezing here for much of the year (in reality the average temperature in Toronto only drops below freezing for two months of the year - January & February), people will ask how long it will take to go from Niagara Falls to Vancouver for a picnic (they are shocked when you tell them 3 days by car, 5 hours by plane). Then you have the looks of amazement when people get to Toronto and see all of the skyscrapers and high-rises, 2nd in number only to NYC (most think Toronto has a couple hundred thousand people, not the over 6 million people the GTA holds).
Maybe next year when Toronto hosts World Pride (also not mentioned on the Advocate) it will get the attention that North America’s Largest Pride deserves.
Check out more about Toronto Pride and World Pride 2014 here
Check out some great shots here