Toronto wins bid to host World Pride in 2014
Toronto has been chosen to host World Pride, a statement on the website of the Pride Toronto organization announced Sunday.
The world event will be hosted during Toronto's regular Pride week, but will have extra events including an opening ceremony, a human rights conference, and networking events, as well as Canada Day and U.S. Independence day parties.
Toronto beat out Stockholm with 78 per cent of the ballots in the second round of voting on Sunday.
The first such event was held in Rome in 2000. The next event is set for just prior to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012.
Pride Toronto officials said that this summer’s Pride Week drew an estimated one million people to Toronto and contributed $136-million to the city’s economy.
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