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article imageEveryone's a little gay during the Gay Pride Parade in Toronto Special

By Andrew Moran     Jul 4, 2010 in Lifestyle
Toronto - Throughout the downtown core in the city of Toronto, hundreds of thousands of people enjoyed the sights, sounds and festivities of the Gay Pride Parade. Many men dressed up as women, babies sported the pride flag and public officials danced to Lady Gaga.
On Sunday, more than one million people took to the streets of Toronto to celebrate three decades of gay and lesbian pride at the Gay Pride Parade. In temperatures reaching upwards of 35 degrees Celsius, some men dressed in female attire, some women just wore bikinis and others hid under an umbrella and holding a rainbow pride flag.
Everyone took part in the pride festivities, including police officers who are under deep scrutiny from last week’s alleged violence towards protesters, EMS workers, community leaders and federal, provincial and municipal leaders.
Individuals held many signs that read “My Pride Includes Free Speech,” “LGBT have human rights” and “Of all days, today everyone can share in the joy.”
People throwing confetti from apartments during pride parade
People throwing confetti from apartments during pride parade
Confetti
Confetti
Cop dressed as woman
Cop dressed as woman
Policeman holding pride flag at the beginning of the gay pride parade.
Policeman holding pride flag at the beginning of the gay pride parade.
Drag queen
Drag queen
Elderly woman in wheelchair.
Elderly woman in wheelchair.
Draq queen participating in the parade.
Draq queen participating in the parade.
Person on a wheelchair during the Gay Pride Parade
Person on a wheelchair during the Gay Pride Parade
Beetle in the parade
Beetle in the parade
People holding pride flag during parade
People holding pride flag during parade
People dancing on float
People dancing on float
Members of Parliament Olivia Chow and Jack Layton were in attendance dancing to the pop music, Toronto Mayoral candidate George Smitherman marched with dozens of people promoting his campaign and Member of Provincial Parliament of the Toronto Centre, Glenn Murray, was also in attendance wearing a t-shirt that stated, “Love is a human right.”
As the streets were packed and people standing for several hours, participants on floats sprayed water at people. Companies also helped the crowd by handing out free bottles of water or leaving coolers of sodas in front of their businesses.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press, organizers of the parade were unhappy with Queers Against Apartheid because they were banned from marching but in the end they had changed their minds and accepted the group.
The pride festivities took part on the same day as Queen Elizabeth visits Toronto.
Toronto Mayoral candidate George Smitherman.
Toronto Mayoral candidate George Smitherman.
MPP Glen Murray
MPP Glen Murray
MP Jack Layton dancing on float at the Gay Pride Parade
MP Jack Layton dancing on float at the Gay Pride Parade
Canadian MP Olivia Chow dancing on float the Gay Pride Parade.
Canadian MP Olivia Chow dancing on float the Gay Pride Parade.
Float during Gay Pride Parade
Float during Gay Pride Parade
Draq queens at the Gay Pride Parade
Draq queens at the Gay Pride Parade
Sign on a float during the Gay Pride Parade.
Sign on a float during the Gay Pride Parade.
Sign on a float during the Gay Pride Parade.
Sign on a float during the Gay Pride Parade.
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