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Pride 2009 Photo Blog August 4, 2009

Posted by Jarrah H in Politics, Random.
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I love Pride. Vancouver Pride is my favourite day of the year, combining the costuming of Halloween, the open love of Valentine’s Day, the sun of Canada Day, the sense of a struggle for our rights of Labour Day, and for many, the inebriation of St. Patrick’s Day.

This year was actually the first time I’d watched the parade, instead of walking in it with a group, and it was huge fun to see all the entrants showing their pride and reminding us of those who have fought for equal rights for gay, lesbian, trans, and queer individuals and communities. Pride also reminds us that there are struggles yet to face in this area, and we will have to stand together to defeat heterosexism and prejudice.

Growing up in a small town where, less than 10 years ago, the visiting Vancouver Gay and Lesbian Choir was pepper-sprayed by an audience member, where students at my 1500 person highschool could not find a teacher to sponsor a Gay-Straight Alliance, and where bullies “joked” about forming a “Gay-K-K”, the celebration of Pride has a special importance for me.  Of course there’s still heterosexist prejudice in Vancouver and across Canada, but the fact that so many organizations and individuals, gay and straight, get together to celebrate Pride, gives us hope that we can end the hate.

So for those of you who missed out on Pride Vancouver this year, here are some pictures I took. I got kind of tired of picture-taking and low on camera batteries for the end of the parade, but I hope this set of pictures shows how great it was, and convinces you to support the Pride Society and make it to the parade next year!

My friends and I arrived early and had a great location right beside the awesome Joan-E, the MC at the Boathouse:

Joan-E

Joan-E, looking stunning as usual.

Yessiree, that's our Mayor

Yessiree, that's our Mayor

The City of Vancouver definitely gets props for their cool float

The City of Vancouver definitely gets props for their cool float. That's Coun. Woodsworth sitting and Coun. Meggs in the middleThe most awesome car I've seen recently

Lovely hair and costuming from the folks at Cirque de So Gay

Lovely hair and costuming from the folks at Cirque de So Gay

Nice entry from the Vancouver Board of Education

Nice entry from the Vancouver Board of Education

I wish I could do this

I wish I could do this

One of my favourite dogs from the Hugabull Advocacy & Rescue Entry

One of the cutest dogs from the Hugabull Advocacy & Rescue Entry

Always the float I look forward to most at Pride

Always the float I look forward to most at Pride

MP Hedy Fry's space-themed entry apparently included trying to dress like Cthulu

MP Hedy Fry's space-themed entry apparently included her trying to dress like Cthulu

Amazing costumes from the Portuguese Centre Group

Amazing costumes from the Portuguese Centre Group

Youth-Co AIDS Society, one of my fave local non-profits

Youth-Co AIDS Society, an amazing and innovative local non-profit

The gang from Celebrities nightclub

The gang from Celebrities nightclub

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