Hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets of downtown Vancouver Sunday for that city’s 38th annual Pride Parade.
Among the various dignitaries to march in this year’s parade: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The Prime Minister marched in the parade last year as well, but his return marks the first time a sitting prime minister has attended the event.
“What an incredible pleasure it is to be back here at pride this year here in Vancouver. It’s a time where the whole city, communities, families come out.”
Earlier this month Trudeau made history as the first prime minister to march in any pride parade, attending the Toronto celebration.
This year, pride flags with photos of the Orlando shooting victims dotted the crowd, a serious note amid the music and costumes.
Flag-bearer Carrie Chiga says it was about showing solidarity and pushing back against hate.
“It has to start somewhere. With social media and everybody being able to stay connected in such a quick real time format… it has to start somewhere, we hope it has a ripple effect.”
The theme of this year’s Pride week is “Better Together the power to create change when people work in unity.”
Calgary’s Pride festivities go down the first weekend in September.