For the first time one of Toronto’s biggest annual events was held virtually.
The annual Pride Parade, which has traditionally taken over Toronto streets in June, was moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Organizers said despite some occasional technical glitches such as lagging audio and spotty video for some viewers, the online “parade” was a success.
“I think we’ve been able to produce a pretty incredible lineup, there are over 200 artists who are joining us,” said Amber Moyle, director of development and special events at Pride Toronto.
The virtual celebration was moved up to a 12 p.m. start in order to show solidarity with an anti-Black racism protest that took place at City Hall, which began at 2 p.m.
Happy #Pride Toronto! The Toronto Sign will be lit in rainbow colours to celebrate #PrideTO today. I hope to see you all at the #VirtualParade later this afternoon. Join the festivities online at: https://t.co/5hDBiSm5TK pic.twitter.com/ZW5SSTUGDn
— John Tory (@JohnTory) June 28, 2020
According to Moyle there were some glitches during the online broadcast and a cyber-attack which eventually took the website offline.
“We tried to do a lot of things live to be able to allow folks to interact and that’s what the glitches are,” she explained. “With mass quantities too, we received some cyber-attacks that overrode our website unfortunately.”
The website remained offline well into the evening, however, the organization was still streaming content on its Twitch page.