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05/22/2014 01:48 EDT | Updated 07/22/2014 05:59 EDT

World Pride Boasts Big Artists, Long List Of Events

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - MAY 04: Over a million people flooded the streets of central Sao Paulo this Sunday as the city's 18th annual Gay Pride Parade rode into town, with color, music and exotic fancy dress in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 4, 2014. This year's parade called for the criminalization of discrimination of members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community, as well as the approval of the Gender Identity Bill, guaranteeing simplified legal recognition of transgendered people. As many as 400,000 tourists, both Brazilian and foreign, are thought to have come to Brazil's biggest city for the event, which is funded in large part by the local government and state companies. (Photo by Ben Tavener/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Toronto's World Pride will be a party to remember with an ambitious lineup of events that will draw visitors from around the globe, the festival's executive director said today.

"We've broadened our programming and invited the world to celebrate World Pride with us. Across Canada and the world the excitement has grown and people are keen to take us up on the invitation," Kevin Beaulieu said Thursday morning.

This is the first time the World Pride will be held in North America.

Beaulieu was giving a preview of what is to come during the 10-day event that kicks off on June 20.

It will start with an opening ceremony at Toronto City Hall that will involve fireworks and a concert, at which Deborah Cox, Melissa Etheridge and Steve Grand will perform.

Other artists who will be performing at World Pride include Estelle, Dragonette, CeCe Peniston, The Nylons, as well as the Canadian pop duo — and twin siblings — Tegan and Sara.

In recent years, more than one million people have typically attended Toronto's Pride celebrations.

This time, organizers are expecting more than usual.

"It's hard to say exactly how many. We say we're hoping for up to two million," Beaulieu said Thursday.

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