TORONTO / NEW YORK (May 29, 2012) - Tourism Toronto announced today a NEW YORK CITY CONTEST, marrying one lucky LGBTQ couple during Toronto’s 2012 Pride Festival.

Toronto’s Pride Festival is among the largest in the world, attracting visitors from all over the globe. This year’s festival starts on June 22 and concludes with the marquee event, the Toronto Pride Parade, on July 1. 

The winning couple will receive an exclusive wedding gift from Tourism Toronto, including two round trip Executive Class airline tickets from New York City to Toronto, wedding attire, hotel accommodations, ground transfers, marriage ceremony during the Pride Parade, and more, valued at more than $10,000.

“Toronto is the first jurisdiction in North America to conduct same sex marriages and continues to be one of the hottest destinations for gay couples,” said David Whitaker, President & CEO of Tourism Toronto. “We are proud of the decade long legacy of gay marriage in Toronto.”

The New York City Contest will include a cake installation where LGBTQ couples can enter for their chance to win by having their photo taken posing with the cake.  Photos with the cake can be taken anytime from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd, at 166 8th Avenue (8th Ave. & W. 18th St), New York, NY, 10011 near Room Service restaurant. The couples’ photos will then be posted on Tourism Toronto’s Facebook page, where participants can tag themselves and share their entry. 

Tourism Toronto will select the winning couple based on charisma, enthusiasm, and a statement explaining why they’d like to get married during Toronto’s Pride Festival.

Pride Toronto is one of Canada’s premier arts and cultural festivals. The festival attracts more than one million people, many of whom march through the heart of Toronto, making it one of the largest Pride celebrations and street festivals in the world.  Toronto will host World Pride in the summer of 2014 simultaneously with Toronto Pride Week.

More information about the  location, rules & regulations is available at

About Tourism Toronto
Tourism Toronto, is an industry association of more than 1,200 members established to sell and market the greater Toronto region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travellers around the globe. Tourism Toronto operates in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture as Regional Tourism Organization 5, representing the cities of Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton.



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