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article imageVancouver Pride Parade beyond the glitz and glamour Special

By Julianne Keu     Aug 7, 2012 in World
Vancouver - With an expected turnout of 600,000 people, the 34th annual Vancouver Pride Parade would’ve drawn a crowd comparable to the size of the total population of Vancouver.
But a further glimpse into the parade reveals more than just a celebration. Set last Sunday in a backdrop of near 30°C weather, the parade is a coming together of friends, family, and champions of a cause.
Below is a first-hand look at one of the summer’s most anticipated events. Photos capture everything from the pre-show preparations to the event wrap-up.
A street sign in Davie Village. Davie Village is known as Vancouver’s “gay village”; a hub for...
A street sign in Davie Village. Davie Village is known as Vancouver’s “gay village”; a hub for the city’s LGBT subculture.
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Members of the HSBC troop warm up before the parade.
Members of the HSBC troop warm up before the parade.
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A model in drag does a pre-show catwalk.
A model in drag does a pre-show catwalk.
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The parade begins.
The parade begins.
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In advocating for LGBT and labor rights  UNITE HERE! is seen protesting the Hyatt Corporation.
In advocating for LGBT and labor rights, UNITE HERE! is seen protesting the Hyatt Corporation.
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Men and women in togas representing Outlook TV  a Vancouver-based LGBT magazine show.
Men and women in togas representing Outlook TV, a Vancouver-based LGBT magazine show.
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Teenagers sing and dance on a float.
Teenagers sing and dance on a float.
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A family affair.
A family affair.
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Signs pressing for human rights were no shortage at the parade.
Signs pressing for human rights were no shortage at the parade.
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St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church contributes a tropical-themed float  complete with live gospel m...
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church contributes a tropical-themed float, complete with live gospel music.
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Pink flags raise awareness on bullying as a nationwide issue.
Pink flags raise awareness on bullying as a nationwide issue.
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The Filipino-Canadian LGBT community makes an appearance.
The Filipino-Canadian LGBT community makes an appearance.
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A man looks to the crowd as the parade draws to an end.
A man looks to the crowd as the parade draws to an end.
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