by David Cohen
Every year during Fourth of July Weekend, Toronto puts on one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the world. With over one million people attending the festivities, Toronto Pride weekend exceeded all of my expectations. On my last visit to Toronto, I had the best time of my life. People in Toronto are friendly and they make you feel at home, and will make your stay enjoyable and one to remember.
Pride Week in Toronto is celebrated over 10 days turning the streets into parades and parking lots into parties. The gay community of Toronto offers some of the best in arts and cultural programming, community activities, and of course one of the world’s largest Pride Parade on the Sunday of that weekend. Don't ever miss the Dyke March that takes place on the Saturday on that weekend, but the best treat on my trip was seeing Cindy Lauper who took center stage at Queen’s Park. This concert was free, and Ms Lauper entertained thousands of people as she performed her cheery “True Colors” hit.
Toronto offers a lot more than just the festival. The city is also famed for good restaurants, museums and many galleries. If shopping is on your list, then a visit to the neighborhood of Yorkville is a must. Located north of the gay village, Yorkville is the best place for shopping. It has many designer shops, terrific boutiques, and many outdoor restaurants. A visit to one of my favorite museums The Royal Ontario is a must. The Royal Ontario is the home of the biggest dinosaurs collection in north America, as well as to other exhibits that present years of diverse culture.
Toronto has many great hotels, and accommodation that can suite all types of travelers and budgets. Finding the right place will not be a problem at all. I stayed at the Cosmopolitan Hotel on 8 Colborne Street, in downtown Toronto. For reservations call 1.800.958.3488.
One of the best conveniences of staying at the Cosmopolitan Hotel is the proximity to Porters Airlines airport. Flying to Toronto with Porters Airlines will be the best decision you will make for this trip. Located in downtown Toronto the airport is only five minutes from the hotel. Porters’ approach is revolutionary and they offer one of the best experiences for air travelers today. With a coach ticket you get all the privileges of business class at no additional cost, So if you have a chance to fly it, don’t hesitate for a second.
The 31st Toronto Pride Week will take place from Friday June 24, to Sunday July 3, 2011. For more information visit www.pridetoronto.com and www.seetorontonow
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