Pussy Riot, Cyndi Lauper to take part in Toronto's Pride celebrations

By Sarah Kelsey

There are some big names headed to Toronto for this year’s Pride celebration, including Pussy Riot and singer Cyndi Lauper. The annual event will run from June 19 to 28, and organizers have chosen “Come OUT and PLAY!” as the motto for the 35th anniversary.

The theme was selected to coincide with the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games, also happening in the city this summer.

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On Tuesday, Pride officials announced that the Russian punk-rock and activist group will be the event’s grand marshals. They’ll not only lead the Pride parade, but will also perform at Yonge-Dundas Square on Sunday, June 28.

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“Having Pussy Riot coming to the stage... is a very 2015 way to be political and to be relevant,” said Mathieu Chantelois, executive director of Pride Toronto. “Pride is an arts and culture celebration, but it is also a political celebration and demonstration.”

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Cyndi Lauper, who will also help marshal the festivities, is set to perform alongside a long list of fellow famous faces. Gay-rights activist Chaz Bono will appear at Yonge-Dundas Square on June 26, and filmmaker John Waters will give his lecture The Filthy World at the Ryerson Theatre on June 22. Other big names who will be on hand for the event include activist David Furnish (Elton John’s husband) and Bollywood star Celina Jaitly.

Millions of people flock to Toronto each year to take part in Pride festivities. It’s widely believed to be the world’s largest LGBT event.

For more info on Pride 2015, visit pridetoronto.com.

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