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WATCH: World Pride kicks off in Toronto

This will mark the 34th annual Pride festival in Toronto and the first time World Pride has been held in North America

Just over a week's worth of celebrations kick off in Toronto on Friday.

The 34th annual Pride festival begins, but this year is extra special because Toronto is hosting World Pride, which is a first for North America. This is also the 4th World Pride festival ever held.

The official flag-raising took place Friday at 7 p.m. in Nathan Phillips Square. Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam was there, as well as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

The ceremony was followed by performances from singers Melissa Etheridge and Deborah Cox. The artist who designed the rainbow flag in 1978, Gilbert Baker, will also attend.

Pride runs until Sunday, June 29 and is capped off by the massive parade which starts at the corner of Church St. and Bloor, then moves south on Yonge Street to Yonge-Dundas Square.

These are the main events taking place over World Pride:

- Opening Ceremony – June 20
- World Pride Gala and Awards – June 25
- World Pride Human Rights Conference – June 25-27
- IGM Human Rights Reception – June 26
- Trans March – June 27
- Dyke March – June 28
- World Pride Parade – June 29
- Street fair and Arts & Culture Festival – June 27-29
- Closing Ceremony – June 29

For more World Pride information, click here.

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