The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project


Proud as a Peacock

Built by participants at Pride Toronto, 2011. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.

The Proud as a Peacock tutu is an original creation designed by the festival participants of Pride Toronto 2011. Over 800 guests stopped by The National Ballet of Canada’s booth from July 2nd-3rd and wrote messages of hope and celebration on paper feathers that now compose our peacock’s body and tulle-tail. 

Pride Toronto is a not-for-profit organization that hosts Pride Week, a 10 day long annual event in downtown Toronto, which celebrates our diverse sexual and gender identities, histories, cultures, creativities, families, friends and lives.

Pride Week is one of the premier arts and cultural festivals in Canada and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world with an estimated attendance of over 1.2 million people. Pride Week is one of only eight officially designated City of Toronto "Signature Events," is recognized as one of the "Top 50 Festivals in Ontario" by Festivals and Events Ontario, and has been awarded the "Best Festival in Canada" award by the Canadian Special Event Industry two years in a row. 

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.