The Swagger Coach: LOUD AND PROUD! The Canada Day/Pride Weekend Experience!

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Pride conjures up a lot of images. Well, I mean it IS one of the Deadly Sins. I’m humbled by many awesome things in my life, but for this weekend, I’ll toot my City’s (and country’s) horn. That’s right, folks, I’m proud to be a Canadian living in Toronto, free to love and free to be! I’ll be celebrating this week with all of my Canadian and LGBTQ friends! This weekend will be one of the most fun and memorable weekends, as far as cool stuff going on in Toronto, so I’ll share what I’ll be up to and hope to see you all there!

Toronto Ribfest!
www.torontoribfest.com

Photo: Foodpunk.ca

Photo: Foodpunk.ca

Yep, they have ribs. They also have Bloomin’ Onions, various veggie-friendly booths, Tiny Tom donuts (restrain me, those donuts are SO GOOD), deep-friend-everything, a full-out carnival, a souvenir market and a pretty groovy fireworks display on the first of July! While this may seem to be a foodie-fave, it’s attended by loads of locals and tourists and offers something for everyone. I’ve been going to Ribfest with my friends for years now, even though I absolutely detest ribs. Usually we’ll load up on deliciously calorie-laden meals, then hit the spinning teacups in what can only be described as a display of my poor judgement skills. Last year, on a dare, my best friend purchased a two-litre “cup” of lemon-lime slushy, then proceeded to down the entire thing in under five minutes. Basically, Ribfest is the place to go if you like to cut loose, dress down and eat to your heart’s content. Between groovy bands, hot summer sun and more ice-cream trucks than you can shake a stick at, You can bet this is an awesome way to spend an afternoon. Go early, and be prepared for lineups… but it’s worth it!

Fireworks in the City!
http://www.blogto.com/city/2013/06/canada_day_2013_fireworks_in_toronto/

Image: chifi.com

Image: chifi.com

BOOM! Nothing is as spectacular to watch as a well-executed fireworks display! I’m glad to have my significant other to cuddle up with as the sky lights up, but this is an awesome spectacle to take in with your besties, your family, or even your parents (when was the last time you called them, huh?) Toronto is SUCH a cool place that we have a whole handful of different displays going on around the city. Make it an evening by bringing along your favourite folks and grab an early dinner, then toss down a blanket and take in the lights! Alternatively, you could also spring for one of those massive boxes filled with every type of firework imaginable, from the Screaming Schoolhouse to the classic Roman Candles and sparklers. They can be LOADS of fun if done right, so remember to tie back loose hair, avoid baggy clothes and for the love of Mike, STAND BACK! Either route, be safe, have fun and enjoy the sights!

Pride Toronto!
http://www.pridetoronto.com/

Image: where.ca

Image: where.ca

I love my city for the fact that my LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer) friends can celebrate and rally openly and have a darn good time doing it.
The website says it best: “We celebrate the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTQ communities.” Bubbles, dancers, freebies, music, beautiful gals and half-naked guys with rock-hard abs. What more can anyone ask for? One of the city’s most lively and colourful events is our annual Pride weekend festivities, which include the Pride March, the Dyke March, and The Trans March, all going down this weekend! I’ve met some of the friendliest, coolest folks at the Pride March, and am so excited to go back again this year! In addition to being an amazingly executed event, the entire city embraces this awesome March and its become a part of our culture! You can easily find loads of businesses waving the rainbow-striped Pride flag high in support of our fellow humans, friends and families. Get ready for a weekend of freedom, expression and celebration! Come and rally with us! Wear your comfiest shoes and your most colourful outfit and get ready for a street celebration like you’ve never experienced before!

So, friends, how are YOU celebrating this weekend? Will you be partying in the streets, taking in a show on the beach or staying home with loved ones? Whichever activity catches your fancy, have a wonderful weekend, wear LOTS of sunscreen and rejoice! Summer is upon us!

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