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500,000 Hit Vancouver West End To Celebrate Gay Pride 2011

More than 500,000 people took the streets of Vancouver’s West End on Sunday to celebrate the annual Pride Parade.

Vancouver Sun has the report:

Dykes on Bikes roared west down Robson Street to kick-start the parade. They were followed closely by the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, who got onlookers? feet moving with a booming soundtrack.

A dazzlingly dressed and sparkling Miss Diva Michelle strutted her stuff for the Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society. She spoke about what the day meant to her.

?It means freedom. Everyone can be who they are,? she said. ?Let everyone live their life the way they want to live.?

Politicians and their supporters flooded the streets during this year?s parade. City councillors danced and waved alongside Mayor Gregor Robertson on the City of Vancouver float.

Federal New Democratic Party supporters looked the part in bright orange garb, led by a banner declaring the party was ?Standing up for equality.? Liberal Party members were dressed in tuxedos and sparkling red dresses. Their float proudly proclaimed the Liberals? record of ?Protecting the Bedrooms of the Nation for Over 40 Years.? Elizabeth May and her Green Party supporters waved deep-green flags as they toured south on Denman Street.

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