This Sunday marked Vancouver's 33rd Annual Pride Parade and my first ever Canadian Gay Pride, and I have to say I was extremely impressed.
I especially loved the thought and effort that had gone into the floats and themes of the various groups participating in the festivities.
Themed and decorated Parade floats
I loved the colourful characters who were happy to be there and weren't afraid to express themselves in all their glory.
It was nice to see young and old taking part, plus the Parade seemed to celebrate all the local diversity, like the strong indian and asian communities.
It was great to see participation by sporting groups, like rowing clubs and ice curling, who made a real effort to entertain the spectators.
Gay sporting clubs participate in the Parade
Families, friends and supporters marched together in a celebration of love but also to demonstrate there's still barriers to being gay and there's still a need for equal rights, medical research and healthcare, plus gay representation.
I always love those groups who go the extra mile and put on a show for the crowds with choreographed dance routines and live singing.
I really want one of those rainbow Maple Leaf vests
Glee club sing for the crowds
Vancouver's Parade is much larger than my local West Hollywood Annual Pride Parade and you get the impression that Vancouver's is a more important event in their city's cultural calendar, with a huge turn out by thousands of locals and visitors to enjoy the festivities.
My first Vancouver Pride Parade was certainly a lot of fun to watch and the weather made for a beautiful day.
If you haven't already, be sure to check out even more photos from Vancouver's 33rd Annual Pride Parade.
Here's to more memorable Pride Parades around the world in the future...