It appears the group that pushed for and largely succeeded in keeping police out of the Toronto Pride Parade won’t be marching there this year either.
Pride Toronto says that the final deadline for groups to register to march in this year’s parade was May 30, and Black Lives Matter did not reach out to indicate that they wished to attend.
Last year, members of Black Lives Matter- Toronto staged a sit-in protest during the parade, near Yonge and College streets, and refused to move unless then-Pride executive director Mathieu Chantelois signed a list of their demands.
One of the demands was that Pride exclude police from running floats in future parades.
Chantelois signed the list and the parade carried on. In 2016, Pride invited Black Lives Matter to march in the parade as honoured guests.
Last month, Pride Toronto issued a statement saying police could only march in the 2017 parade, scheduled for June 25, if they did so in civilian clothing, without vehicles or visible weapons.
A myriad of groups, including Toronto firefighters and members of Canada’s military have registered to march in the parade.
An estimated ONE MILLION people attended the annual pride parade in downtown Toronto on Sunday making it the largest Pride Celebration in North America
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke marched in memory of his son, Brendan, who died in a car crash earlier this year. Before he died, Brendan made headlines for coming out and fighting for tolerance in professional sports. Marilyn Byers was marching to support her gay son.
“Some people say, ‘Why do you need this?’” Byers said. “We don’t need it but we want it because it’s a celebration of who we are, both gay, straight, everybody is here.”
Canada became the third country legalizing same-sex marriage in 2006 and six couples got married in front of the crowds on their float thanks to mancrunch.com — a same-sex online dating service that helps people find their perfect match.
Georgi Georgi and Brenda Lehman could barely contain their excitement as they waited in line to wed.
“I’m on top of the world,” Georgi said, before her bride to be called it a, “dream come true.”
Toronto’s Pride festivities have grown since their beginnings as a 1981 street demonstration opposing police raids of bathhouses, with wider community acceptance growing as well.
Sunday’s parade followed Saturday’s Dyke March, which was capped off with an evening performance at Queen’s Park by eighties pop singer Cyndi Lauper.
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Cyndi Lauper Performs@Toronto Pride