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Toronto Happy Pride 2011

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Uploaded on Jul 4, 2011

Pride parade draws an estimated 1 million people www.cp24.com

No mayor? No problem.

With an estimated crowd of more than one million people, Toronto's annual Pride Week parade went off with its usual exhibition of colour, heart-pounding music and skin Sunday as people celebrated 31 years of Pride, despite Mayor Rob Ford's controversial absence.

For organizers and many participants, the record-breaking event was more than a massive celebration that takes over several city streets.

The parade was a chance to remind Toronto and the rest of the world there is still plenty of work to do to achieve equal rights for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) communities worldwide.

"Our parade is a little bit of a celebration but it's a remembrance that we still have some fighting to do," Glen Brown, Pride Toronto's interim executive director, told CP24.com. "It's partly to celebrate the success that we've had fighting for equality and to celebrate our diversity, but we have to remind ourselves that we're not done fighting."

Brown couldn't put a finger on the number of spectators, despite some estimates pegging the crowd at more than one million.

He said the 6,000 people who marched through the sweltering heat to a theme of "dream big" likely set a new record.

"It's probably the highest we've ever had," Brown said.

(Click here for a photo gallery from Sunday's parade.)

The three-hour parade, the largest of its kind in Canada, capped a 10-day Pride Week that generates about $100 million for Toronto's economy and draws thousands of visitors.

Participants marched west on Bloor Street from Church Street, south on Yonge Street to Gerrard, and east on Gerrard to Church, where the parade ended but the party continued.

'Happy Pride'

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