The 37th annual pride parade has wrapped up along English Bay Beach.
“It was a fun parade, it was nice to see the different floats that were participating.”
“It was just positive vibes…good vibes the whole time…”
“It was my first time and I thought I would get out of my comfort zone, you know considering I’m a heterosexual man, I figured it’s good to accept other’s that are not the same as you. And to be honest I found it was a really good experience.”
Hundreds of thousands of people watched the parade today, with over 140 floats taking part.
Some onlookers called it one of the best parades they could remember, but added there is still a long way to go in terms of Pride acceptance.
“I think there is still a lot that people need to get over..but you know it’s 2015 they’ll get over it eventually.”
“I feel like there is still a long way to go in the national and international light.”
This year organizers made it mandatory for parade participants to sign a pledge asking for more legislation to explicitly protect transgender people.
Those who didn’t sign it, like Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberals, were left out of the parade.
Vancouver’s pride parade has been going on for 37 years…and it is now the 5th largest in the world.