Tourism Toronto hosted a New York City-based contest in early June, offering a marriage to one lucky LGBT couple during Toronto’s 2012 Pride Festival. The festival, one of the largest in the world, begins June 22nd and concludes with the marquee event, the Toronto Pride Parade, on July 1st.

The New York City contest included a cake installation where LGBT couples were able to enter to win by having their photo taken posing with the cake. Photos were snapped June 1st-3rd, in New York City with more than 100 entries received. Couples’ photos were hosted on Tourism Toronto’s Facebook page (, where participants tagged themselves and shared their entry. Tourism Toronto selected the winning couple based on charisma, enthusiasm and a statement submitted on why they’d like to get married during Toronto’s Pride Festival.

New York City LGBT residents Carter Etherington and Breken Elwood, whose photo and story submission stole the hearts of many, are the winning couple who will receive an exclusive wedding gift from Tourism Toronto, including two round trip Executive Class airline tickets from New York City to Toronto on Air Canada, hotel accommodations at the luxurious Windsor Arms Hotel, ground transfers, marriage ceremony as part of the Pride Parade, and more, valued at more than $20,000.

Carter and Breken will be married on July 1st - Canada Day - during the 2012 Toronto Pride Parade on a float designed just for their special wedding day, while surrounded by family and friends who will be flying in to join them.

"Pride Toronto is thrilled to have Carter and Breken join us for their wedding! Toronto's LGBTQ communities are excited to be welcoming the newlyweds-to-be at one of North America's largest Pride festivals. We look forward to celebrating their marriage in style," said Kevin Beaulieu, Executive Director of Pride Toronto.

Pride Week in Toronto, now in its 32nd year, is one of Canada’s premier arts and cultural festivals. The festival attracts more than one million people, 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.

Congratulations to the lucky couple!! 

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