2016: The rainbow flag flies at Vaughan City Hall after being raised at the city's first official Pride flag-raising ceremony, celebrated by Mayor Bevilacqua, town councillors, dignitaries and many guests. In Vaughan and around the region, Pride flags were flown at half mast as a mark of respect for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting tragedy in Orlando.
On June 13th at 12pm, we will continue our Pride Week celebrations by raising the Rainbow Flag at an official Pride flag-raising ceremony hosted by the City of Vaughan.
Join Mayor Bevilacqua, Councillors of the City of Vaughan and representatives from York Pride Fest and other local LGBT organizations, as we celebrate the launch of York Region's 17th Pride Week Festival with the City of Vaughan's official flag-raising ceremony.
All are welcome to attend.
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 inclusive 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 when, for the first time, the flag was also raised at every Seneca college campus in the region. In 2013, the Town of East Gwillimbury also flew the flag throughout Pride Week.
Since 2011 the Town of Richmond Hill has not only agreed to fly the flag, but has also hosted an official flag-raising ceremony, as has the City of Markham since 2013, the Towns of Aurora and Georgina since 2015, and the City of Vaughan since last year. 2017 will mark the third occasion on which a flag-raising ceremony has been hosted by York Regional Police.