Sunday was the annual Gay Pride Parade in Vancouver. About four years ago someone took me to this parade and I have been attending or walking in it every since.
They have water fights in the streets, wave pride flags and dance.
Litterally thousands of people come out to this event. The young, the elderly, families and even dogs get into the act.
There is of course a purpose to all the mayhem even though at first glance it might just seem like a city gone crazy. It is done to help all of accept the differences between us and the diversity of our city.
I remember when this parade was consider a freak show and few went out to see it. Protesters went out with signs and pamphlets encouraging people to halt the madness and declaring that our city would go to hell ( quite literally) if we allowed this kind of behavior. Now no one in this city wants this event to end and it really is the most joyous event Fred and I attend every year.
The fun and gaiety (no pun intended there) go on all week with Pride cruises and dinners and brunches and night clubbing events.
I think this parade is the best event in Vancouver. It is so much fun and it seems to bring out the kid in everyone!
This year my pictures are mainly of the crowd . I find the people watching the parade as interesting as the people in the parade.
There are more pictures of Pride day here.