Canada’s first – ever Pride month started on June 1, 2016 with a diverse programs and events throughout the city and culminated with the annual Pride Parade on July, the 3rd. I took part in it and made photos for everybody to enjoy.
Text, photo: Kamila Balcová
Justin Trudeau ( on the photo below ) became the first sitting prime minister to attend Toronto’s parade when he took part on Sundays march through the city. In addition, few other politicians also supported this event such as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne with her partner Jane Rounthwaite, Toronto Mayor John Tory, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose.
I found a place for taking my photographs on a container, which I had a better view on the festivities from.
Take a look at the Parade participants:
The city was bustling by tens of thousands of people.
The participants of this march were honoring 49 victims of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Many police officers were guarding the march. They were wearing uniforms with Pride rainbows on them. The whole festival was running smooth except for the incident with members of the Black Lives Matter Toronto movement, who tried to force its agenda by staging a sit-in and halting the Parade for about 30 minutes. They moved only after the Pride executive director Mathieu Chantelois signed a document agreeing to the group’s demands. After that the Parade continued without any other interruptions.
There was another group of people who protested against the spirit of the Parade with their hand held signs recalling on the words of Jesus and claiming that any sexual orientation other than heterosexual was an abomination and a sin against God.