York Region's First Pride Parade!
History was made on June 22nd 2013, when we staged York Region's first Pride Parade on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill.
York Pride Fest was proud to welcome Dr Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham, as our Parade Marshal for 2013.
The parade also included the cast of 'Hair', from the Wavestage Theatre Company, performing songs from the musical that they staged, one month later, at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.
Leah Sheridan from Keswick, her transgender daughter Danielle and other family members and friends rode a colourful mermaid float powered by a pink tow truck. The family and their friends had worked on the float for weeks, committed in their desire to support Danielle publicly and raise awareness on transgender issues, in the hope of giving others the courage and freedom to be who they are.
Other participants represented various organizations including York Region Gay-Straight Alliance (YRGSA), Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, PFLAG York Region + PFLAG Durham Region, Alliston Roller Derby Group, World Pride 2014 and Pride Toronto, Richmond Hill Federal Liberals, AIDS Committee York Region, My House: Rainbow Resources of York Region, GayYorkRegion.com, York Region EMS, York Region District School Board, Annual Caribana White Tie Cruise, Richmond Hill Fire
Emergency Services, YRT/Viva, CUPE, York Regional Police, Markham-Unionville Provincial Young Liberals, LOFT Community Services, MADD, Pathways, Yellowbrick House and York Childrens' Aid Society.
Featuring a total 30 contingents, 15 vehicles and more that 250 participants, the parade started at the Elgin Barrow Arena Complex, travelled west to Yonge Street and then north, past the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, ending at the Falcon
Following the parade, organizers and participants joined spectators for brunch at the Falcon and Firkin pub.