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When the Pride Parade returns, tens of thousands of people will rush to downtown Toronto

After two-year hiatus, the Pride parade returned to Toronto on June 26, 2022.
After a two-year hiatus The Pride Parade returned to Toronto on June 26, 2022.Photo courtesy of Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun

Toronto — Canada's biggest pride celebration is recent Despite the shadow of anti-LGBTQ violence, thousands of delights rushed to downtown streets and returned to Toronto after a two-year parade break Sunday.

Tens of thousands of people packed the parade route as the procession headed for Young from the northern end of Gay Village through the heart of downtown Toronto. -Dundas Square.

"It's really rewarding. It's an honor. I'm excited to be on the street celebrating pride," said Sherwinmo, executive director of Pride Toronto, the nonprofit behind the festival. Deste says. The

march came during the week when anti-LGBTQ violence and threats for long-standing rights made international headlines.

In this week's abortion decision, US Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas said the decision on the right to same-sex marriage should be revisited. Then, early Saturday, at the LGBTQ Pride Festival in Oslo, Norway, gunmen killed two people and injured at least 20.

Modeste arrested a teenage Mississauga this month for alleged murder threats against a Florida pride event as an example of Canada's inevitability to the same anti-LGBTQ sentiment and violence. Pointed out.

It shows the unity of this community because we get together like this and become like "I don't care if you threaten us, I'm going to do it anyway". I'm just doing it. " Kim Keo, a non-binary queer who participated in the 8th Pride Parade.

Organizers prior to the weekend, The festival worked with a private security company to carry out weapon safety checks at designated locations.

The risk of a possible thunderstorm did not materialize on Sunday afternoon, as it only rained intermittently on the marchers adorned with rainbow colors. The

parade was the premier event of Pride Toronto's one-month festival program. On weekends, there were other events such as Friday's Trans March and Saturday's Dyke March.

Modeste has been a difficult time for many LGBTQ people over the past two years, including those who returned to the closet after returning to live with their families during a pandemic. He said he could refuse or not know his identity.

But for others, he said, the last two years have also been a time to connect with other LGBTQ people online and think about their identities.

Andrew Scott marched on his first pride parade after appearing as a trans-gender man during a pandemic.

"That means a lot, which means I love and be proud of who I am," as a volunteer to the current local LGBTQ support organization, Toronto Pflag. Participating 29-year-old Scott said. "I love education and want to be a role model for kids like never before."

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