World Pride is bringing its giant Gay Pride event to North America.

Toronto will host World Pride 2014, Toronto Pride announced on Sunday, making it the first city outside of Europe to host the event. Toronto Pride puts on the city's annual Gay Pride festival, one of the largest gay events in the world, attracting over a million revelers to the city's gay neighborhood along Yonge Street.

“A festival of this nature will bring Pride contingents from the world over, building international awareness of our culture and identities,” Pride Toronto spokeswoman Crystal Moore said in a statement.

“World Pride 2014 will transform our local pride and community spirit, while generating a positive impact on our economy, our tourism and commercial industry, and our physical and social community,” she added.

Organizer InterPride is hoping it can shake off controversies that have marred previous events. In 2000, the Vatican pressured Rome officials to pull out its financial support. And a violent Israeli-Lebanese conflict forced the cancellation of the 2006 event in Jerusalem.

“Pride Toronto has already started planning a magnificent opening ceremony, a packed program of human rights events, a parade of nations, and numerous other exciting aspects,” Moore said.

After 2014, the event will be held once every five years. London is scheduled to host the event in 2012.