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History Of Pride
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Insp. Ricky Veerappan, Dave Barrow, Marilyn Byers, Barbara Urman and Mike Taggart raise the Rainbow Flag at the Community Safety Village during our picnic and BBQ event.
Insp. Ricky Veerappan, Dave Barrow, Marilyn Byers, Barbara Urman and Mike Taggart raise the Rainbow Flag at the Community Safety Village during our picnic and BBQ event.
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto Pride parade.
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto Pride parade.
Aurora Civic Centre.
Georgina Civic Centre.
Seneca College in Markham.
Rainbow flags flying on civic flagpoles in Aurora and Geogina, and at Seneca College in Markham throughout pride week.
Pride awareness display at Unionville Public Library.
Pride awareness display at Unionville Public Library.
June 6th-13th, 2010
2010 marked the tenth year of pride celebrations in York Region. This year, during our pride week:
  • The rainbow flag was flown for the first time ever on civic flag poles in the municipalities of Aurora and Georgina, and also at all Seneca College campuses.
  • The flag was also flown once again on civic flag poles in the towns of Markham and Newmarket.
  • A total of 12 pride awareness displays were mounted in public libraries across the region.
  • York Pride Fest introduced a new film festival event in Stouffville.
  • Other events included a Pride Church Service, social nights, a youth event at Dave & Busters, a queer women's brunch and a Pride BBQ.
  • Throughout Toronto pride weekend we presented information about our region's LGBT services and resources at a York Pride Fest community booth on Church St in downtown Toronto.
  • The Toronto pride parade included a contingent representing York Pride Fest and other regional LGBT services.
Pride Church Service
Pride Church Service at St Matthews United Church For the second year in succession, we launched our 2010 festival on June 6th with a Pride church service at St Matthew's United Church in Richmond Hill. The service was delivered by Rev. Warren McDougall of Richmond Hill United Church, assisted by musical director Barry Peters. This ecumenical community celebration was followed by a social hour with light refreshments, hosted by PFLAG York Region.
Social Evening At Jack Astor's In Woodbridge
Jack Astor's In Woodbridge On Tuesday 8th June we hosted an informal social evening at Jack Astor's Bar & Grill in Woodbridge. The event was attended by many community members of various age groups as well as their families and friends.
Pride Movie Night
YPF volunteers serve wine and refreshments at the Lebovic Centre The following evening, in partnership with the Lebovic Centre in Stoiffville, we screened BREAKFAST WITH SCOT, starring Tom Cavanagh, Ben Shenkman and Noah Bernett; a film based on a novel of the same title by Michael Downing. THE YOUNG VICTORIA was also shown earlier on the same evening.
Social Evening At Casey's In Nemarket
Casey's Bar And Grill On the evening of 10th June, we hosted a second social evening at Casey's Bar & Grill in Newmarket. This event, at one of the region's most popular LGBT social venues, was attended by a capacity crowd.
Rainbow Fusion Youth Event
Dave and Busters Youth from across the region came out to enjoy a social night of games, fun and food at our Rainbow Fusion youth event, held on Friday 11th June at Dave & Busters in Woodbridge.
Queer Women's Brunch
The Mercury Diner in Aurora At lunch time on Saturday June 12th, a Queer Women's Brunch was held at Mercury Diner in Aurora.
Pride Picnic And BBQ
York Pride Fest Picnic+BBQ Pride week concluded the following afternoon with our picnic and BBQ event at the Community Safety Village, within Bruce's Mill Conservation Area near Stouffville.
During the event, welcoming greetings were delivered by Inspector Ricky Veerappan of York Regional Police, and Dave Barrow, Mayor of Richmond Hill.
Future Jazz Project In addition, live music entertainment was provided throughout the afternoon by local band 'Future Jazz Project'.
Gay Rodeo Association Booth A community fair featured a selection of local businesses and community organizations offering information on a range of LGBT related topics.
Toronto Pride
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto Pride parade. A few weeks later, we participated in the Toronto pride parade on July 4th. This was the third consecutive year that LGBT organizations of York Region had been represented in the pride parade. Our parade volunteers included representatives from many of those organizations, displaying banners advertizing York Pride Fest and, as they participated in the parade attended by more than one million spectators.
York Pride Fest booth at Toronto Pride Throughout the Toronto Pride weekend we also operated a community booth on Church St, also highlighting York Region, its LGBT community and related organizations.
Pride Displays
Throughout Pride Week, twelve pride displays were mounted at Public Libraries in Aurora, Holland Landing, Keswick, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Pride display at Richmond Hill Public Library
In 2010, Pride week was again granted official recognition by York Region. It was also proclaimed by all municipalities, except King Township which continues to enforce a 'no proclamations' policy introduced in 2004.
York Region Map: A=Aurora, EG=East Gwillimbury, G=Georgina, K=King, M=Markham, N=Newmarket, RH=Richmoond Hill, V=Vaughan, W-S=Whitchurch-Stouffville
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