Justin Trudeau made history on Sunday (Jul. 3) when he became the first Canadian prime minister to walk in a Pride parade. The 44-year-old marched alongside thousands of revellers as the city of Toronto celebrated the end of its first-ever Pride month.
The prime minister was in good spirits as he waved a rainbow flag and greeted excited bystanders who lined the 36th annual parade route. Dressed casually in a pink shirt and white pants, the politician laughed and interacted with Pride participants, who encouraged the father of three to show off his dance moves. He was also spotted singing along to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” during a church service held before the parade kicked off.
Other notable dignitaries in attendance included Ontario's premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto mayor John Tory, Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose.
When asked about the significance of his appearance at the event, Justin told CP24, “It shouldn’t be a big thing that a prime minister’s walking a Pride parade, and from now on it won’t."
The joyous celebration was also one of reflection as the parade paused for a moment of silence in honour of the 49 people who lost their lives at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Prior to the start of the procession, the prime minister addressed the tragedy, telling the crowd, "We can’t let hate go by. We have to speak up anytime there is intolerance or discrimination.
Pride Toronto 2016 was also bursting with star power as celebrities like George Takei, RuPaul, Joe Jonas and the cast of Orange is the New Black participated in a variety of events throughout the month.