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History Of Pride
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Mayor Dave Barrow, Councillor Carmine Perrelli, Councillor Vito Spatafora and Haran Vijayanathan raise the Rainbow Flag at Richmond Hill Civic Centre.
Mayor Dave Barrow, Councillor Carmine Perrelli, Councillor Vito Spatafora and Haran Vijayanathan raise the Rainbow Flag at Richmond Hill Civic Centre.
Volleyball played during the Fusion At the Beach event.
Volleyball played during the Fusion At the Beach event.
BBQ during the Fusion At the Beach event.
BBQ during the Fusion At the Beach event.
Members of PFLAG York Region joined other attendees at our Richmond Hill social event.
Members of PFLAG York Region joined other attendees at our Richmond Hill social event.
Chief Eric Jolliffe, Mayor Dave Barrow, Regional Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch and York Pride Fest volunteers prepare to raise the Rainbow Flag at the BBQ event.
Chief Eric Jolliffe, Mayor Dave Barrow, Regional Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch and York Pride Fest volunteers prepare to raise the Rainbow Flag at the BBQ event.
PFLAG York Region showcase their organization at our BBQ At The Village community fair.
PFLAG York Region showcase their organization at our BBQ At The Village community fair.
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto Pride parade.
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto Pride parade.
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto Pride parade.
York Pride Fest participates in the Toronto Pride parade.
PFLAG York Region also marches in the Toronto Pride parade.
PFLAG York Region also marches in the Toronto Pride parade.
Parade participants visit our booth on Church St.
Parade participants visit our booth on Church St.
June 16th-24th, 2012
2012 marked the twelfth year of pride celebrations in York Region. This year:
  • Pride week was once again launched by an official flag-raising ceremony hosted by the Town of Richmond Hill.
  • The rainbow flag was also flown on civic flag poles in the towns of Aurora, Georgina, Markham, Newmarket and in the city of Vaughan.
  • Pride awareness displays were mounted at major public libraries across the region.
  • York Pride Fest featured a total of four social events in Aurora, Keswick, Newmarket and Richmond Hill.
  • Other events included a beach day for youth, a bowling night and a Pride BBQ.
  • Throughout the Toronto pride weekend we presented information about York 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 organizations.
Raising The Rainbow - Official Flag-Raising Ceremony
The Rainbow Flag raised at Richmond Hill Civic Centre. On June 15th, 2012, Pride Week celebrations were once again launched by raising the Rainbow Flag at an official Pride flag-raising ceremony at the Town of Richmond Hill civic centre. The Rainbow Flag was first flown in York Region by the Town of Newmarket in 2002, but then followed years without any sign of the flag in any municipality. As evidence of York Region's transformation into one of Canada's most diverse and tolerant regions, 2009 saw a dramatic change when the City of Vaughan and Towns of Markham and Newmarket agreed to fly the Rainbow Flag during our Pride Week. The Towns of Georgina and Aurora joined this new tradition in 2010. And in both 2011 and 2012, the Town of Richmond Hill not only agreed to fly the flag, but also hosted the region's official flag-raising ceremonies.
'Fusion At The Beach' Youth Event
De La Salle Beach On Saturday 16th June, LGBT youth for across the region came out to enjoy a fun day at De La Salle beach in Georgina. The event included a free BBQ and refreshments and was open to all LGBT youth and their allies up to age 26.
Social Evening At The Lone Star Texas Grill in Richmond Hill
Lone Star Texas Grill In Richmond Hill On Monday 18th June we hosted an informal social evening at the Lone Star Texas Grill in Richmond Hill. The event was attended by many community members of various age groups, their families and friends, as well as many members of PFLAG York Region and the Rainbow Youth group.
Social Evening At Boston Pizza In Keswick
Casey's Bar And Grill On the evening of 20th June, we hosted a second social evening at Boston Pizza in Keswick. During the preceding year, Boston Pizza in Keswick has been a regular venue for LGBT social events.
Social Evening At Casey's In Nemarket
Casey's Bar And Grill On Thursday 21st June, we hosted a third social evening at Casey's Bar & Grill in Newmarket. Since 2008, Casey's in Newmarket has been a favourite venue for monthly LGBT social events.
Glow Bowling In Richmond Hill
Casey's Bar And Grill World Bowl in Richmond Hill was our venue for this all ages bowling event on Friday 22nd June.
Brunch In Aurora
The Mercury Diner in Aurora At lunch time on Saturday June 23rd, a brunch was held at the Play Pub and Pizzeria in Aurora.
BBQ In The Village
BBQ At The Village Pride week concluded the following afternoon with our BBQ In The Village event at the Community Safety Village, within Bruce's Mill Conservation Area near Stouffville.
During the event, welcoming greetings were delivered by Bill Fisch, York Region Chairman and CEO, Dave Barrow, Mayor of Richmond Hill, Chief Eric Jolliffe of York Regional Police and Naomi Davidson, a councillor from the Town of Georgina.
The Wilma's In addition, live music entertainment was provided throughout the afternoon by Bernadette Connors and her band.
Community Fair 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. The following weekend, we participated in the Toronto pride parade on July 1st. This was the fifth consecutive year that LGBT organizations of York Region had been represented in the pride parade. Our parade volunteers included representatives from several organizations including the York Region GSA Coalition. Banners were displayed on our float advertising York Pride Fest and GayYorkRegion.com, as we 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, highlighting York Region, its LGBT community and related organizations.
Pride Displays
Throughout Pride Week, pride displays were mounted at major Public Libraries in Aurora, Holland Landing, Keswick, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Pride display at Richmond Hill Public Library
Proclamations
In 2012, 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
Our Sponsors
We would like to thank the following sponsors of York Pride Fest 2012: