York Region's Pride Parade!
On June 22nd 2014, we staged York Region's second annnual Pride Parade on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill. This year's parade was also a WorldPride affiliate event attracting visitors from Toronto in a addition to local residents.
York Pride Fest was proud to welcome Mr Ken Thurston, Director of Education at York Region District School Board, as our Parade Marshal for 2014.
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, The Liberal Party, AIDS Committee York Region, My House: Rainbow Resources of York Region, GayYorkRegion.com, York Region EMS, York Region District School Board, Richmond Hill Fire
Emergency Services, Blue Door Shelters, CUPE, York Regional Police, LOFT Community Services, MADD, 360°
kids, Sandgate Women's Shelters and York Childrens' Aid Society.
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, and had been intended to end at the Falcon
Firkin pub. However, parade participants made an improptu decision to extend the route by continuing up to Crosby Avenue and then returning to the Falcon
Following the parade, organizers and participants joined spectators at our StreetFair at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Local businesses including the Falcon
Firkin pub, Covernotes, Ti Amo Gelato, Fresh Food To Go, Cafe En Passant and Quiznos, ensured a plentiful supply of food and drink, whilst the event was also supported and promoted by the Dick and Jane Romance Boutique and Klassic Kitchen. Meanwhile the streetfair offered live music, community booths and an opportunity for all in attendance to socialize.