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GALLERY: the liveliest revellers at the 2012 Toronto Pride Parade

The 2012 Toronto Pride parade brought out a lot of different feelings: confusion (as to why GO Transit was there, and how its bear mascot avoided heat stroke in that furry costume); elation (as co–grand marshals, Toby’s Law advocates and MPPs Laurel Broten and Cheri DiNovo were ushered in by leather-clad dykes on bikes); surprise (thanks to the popularity of water guns, which made the white-shirted author of this post look like he was competing in a wet T-shirt contest); fatigue (mostly with arbitrary corporate tie-ins, like the people jumping around in Kangoo boots, riding electric bikes and doling out ginger snaps). And, um, obviously, pride—it’s hard not to feel proud of Toronto when thousands come out to support a diverse group of marchers that included a steelworker union, the Native two-spirited community, reps from AIDS hospice Casey House, and a couple who repeated their wedding ceremony on a Windsor Arms–sponsored float over and over again.

We happy-cried a little (okay, a lot) when the supportive parents of PFLAG walked by with handmade signs, and we giggled a little (okay, a lot) when we saw a Jewish gal carrying a sign that read “I knished a girl and I liked it.” In the two hours or so it takes to watch the spectacle from start to finish, we met scores of visitors to the city—including a British crew who said that spectators in the London parade can join the march whenever they like, instead of being kept behind a barricade and stuck standing under the hot beating sun. We think turning Yonge Street into a giant Pride street party sounds like a recipe for the best Sunday ever. But until that day, we’ll take the floats, flags, kids with glitter face paint, puppies dressed in festive outfits and thousands of joyful supporters. Rob Ford, you really missed out.

  • Confused

    What confuses me is why GO Transit’s presence in the parade confuses you. The TTC has been there for years, so has VIA, the GTA’s police forces, banks, etc. GO has LGBT employees and customers, and cool vehicles. And GO Bear! So why confused?

  • John

    Remember does not take much to confuse TL. What confuses me is how come no comments/captions with each photo like they do with the tired and snarky captions on properties? Finally listenting, TL? Bad headlines too. … where is all these photos ‘liveliest revellers’ ? Does #7 look lively to you ?

  • Lauren

    This post is fabulous. And now I want some Kangoo boots.