Sunday, July 01, 2012

2012 #Toronto Pride Parade

The annual PRIDE Parade marches down the streets of Toronto on Sunday July 1, starting at 2pm with a theme of Celebrate and Demonstrate. The route is Bloor-Yonge-Gerrard, ending and starting at Church Street. The reason that PRIDE lasts at least a week is because it would be impossible to contain the excitement and community in only one day or even on weekend.

Besides the rainbow, people brought out colours and outfits so bold and beautiful that the parade was a true sight to behold. Visitors crammed into the spaces along the fenced off route, hoping to get some mementos like beads and TROJAN condoms. One by one the many groups headed out from Bloor and Church Street until hours later the last group passed by and the people filled the streets heading back to Church for the Street Festival or south on Yonge Street.

Rick Mercer (in red) and Maple Leaf President and GM Brian Burke help to carry the PFLAG banner

"Pride Toronto encourages participation by all groups, be they community groups, businesses or organizations. This year, Pride Toronto celebrates 32 years, while reflecting on the past, and building for a future. Tell us your stories through Art Direction, Costume Design, Choreography, (Sound/Music) Mix and Special Effects. Go glitz & glam. Be colourful and creative. Go big. And have fun."

The parade was started by the motorcycle riders with their noisy choppers carrying mostly two people along the roads. Banners, flags and balloons soon filled the streets while the water-guns shot off everywhere, I had to keep cleaning my camera because there was so much water.

See more photos after the jump.
There was some nudity and body-paint but besides the costumes it was fairly tame

Time for a kiss
Toronto Roller Derby
I love these guys in their fruit costumes

TNT MEN Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity were also in the parade
Trojan Condoms

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Meanwhile back at the street festival.

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1 comment:

Irv said...

Jesus predicted that just before His return as Judge, there will be a strange, dangerous fad - a spontaneous global steamroller notable for its speed, violence, and impudent in-your-face openness. In Luke 17 He called this worldwide craze the repeat of the "days of Lot" (see Genesis 19). By fulfilling this worldwide mania that's secretly coordinated by unseen spirit beings, gays are really hurrying up Christ's return and making the Bible even more believable!
They've actually invented strange architecture: closets opening not on to bedrooms but on to Main Streets where kids can see naked men having sex in "Madam" Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco Brothel District. We wonder how soon S.F.'s underground saint - San Andreas - will get a 10-point jolt out of what goes on over his head (see the dire prediction about cities in Revelation 16:19, and Google "Obama Supports Public Depravity").
What's really scary is the "reprobate mind" phrase in Romans 1:28. A person can sear his conscience so much that God finally turns him over to S, the universal evil leader whose unseen agents can give a "possessed" person super-human strength that many cops with tasers have trouble subduing!
Remember, gays don't have to stay bound to their slavery. Their emancipation is found in a 5-letter name starting with J (no, not James or Julia). As soon as they can find out the all-powerful J name, gays will really start living! (Google "God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up," "USA - from Puritans to Impure-itans," and "The Background Obama Can't Cover Up.")
Was Jesus silent about gays? Google " 'Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality.' When gays have birthdays...."

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