Manitobah’s Cottagers go to Toronto World Pride

Each year during the last two weeks in June, the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood and Toronto play host to a colourful and friendly annual Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) extravaganza known as “Pride”. This year Toronto had the pleasure of hosting World Pride inviting folks from around the world to enjoy the amazing city and celebrate diversity and acceptance.

 

Jarret Leaman took his Cottager Moccasins to take in the many events, concerts, parties, and parade to attend throughout the Pride celebrations. He found himself moving around the Church and Wellesley Village a lot. His pride celebrations included attending the Black and White Party at the Thompson Rooftop, watching Tegan and Sarah and others perform in Yonge-Dundas Square, taking in the many performances on multiple stages set up in the Village, and, of course, watching the Pride parade down Yonge Street.

 

The Cottagers were super comfy, sleek, and matched the many outfit changes that had to happen during the festivities. I especially loved representing #NativeAwesome as the world watched on during the World Pride celebrations.” Jarret Leaman

 

Standing in my Mocs on the Rainbow crosswalk in the heart of the Church and Wellesley Village.
Standing in my Mocs on the Rainbow crosswalk in the heart of the Church and Wellesley Village.

 

Mingling with World Pride guests as I walk down Church Street.
Mingling with World Pride guests as I walk down Church Street.

 

Waving my free Pride flag amongst the eager Pride goers.
Waving my free Pride flag amongst the eager Pride goers.

 

Right after I had been “glitter bombed” by a festive drag queen on Church Street.
Right after I had been “glitter bombed” by a festive drag queen on Church Street.

 

 I couldn’t pass posing with a promotional model, while taking in some of the promotional events held in the Village.
I couldn’t pass posing with a promotional model, while taking in some of the promotional events held in the Village.

 

Soaking up rays and taking a break in one of the many Toronto parks after many hours of walking, mingling and socializing around the Village.
Soaking up rays and taking a break in one of the many Toronto parks after many hours of walking, mingling and socializing around the Village.

Get the look:

Muscle Shirt: Topman

Shorts: Joe Fresh

Watch: Michael Kors

Ring: Topman

All photos by John Paillé