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More Than A Million Celebrated Gay Pride In Toronto

More than a Million gathered in downtown Toronto to celebrate the annual gay pride parade.

The Canadian Press reports:

More than one million people jammed the streets of downtown Toronto on Sunday, sporting rainbow-striped outfits, corsets and glitter for the country’s largest gay rights parade.

The crowd whistled and cheered as the Pride parade’s colourful floats _ many covered in balloons and blaring Lady Gaga music _ wound down Yonge Street under the blazing sun.

“Canadians know how to rock,” said Andres Fagundez, who came from New York City with his partner to take part in the Pride festivities.

“This kind of crowd, this kind of people celebrating … This is something you don’t see in many other places.”

People pressed five-deep against the barriers to watch bare-chested dancers, a blue sequinned marching band and drag queens strut to the thumping music.

Police officers also took part in the parade, driving down in a cruiser bearing a rainbow flag, the symbol for gay rights.

Still, one person was noticeably absent from the crowd _ Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford.

In the lead-up to Pride Week, the city’s annual gay rights festival, the mayor came under fire for saying he would skip the parade to honour a family tradition of spending Canada Day weekend at his cottage.

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You can watch the entire parade HERE.