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Last weekend, Toronto came alive with PRIDE as people from across Canada and the world joined in our city to celebrate diversity! This year, Positive Space joined forces with Ryerson’s Student Union and RyePRIDE to celebrate by taking part in the PRIDE Parade, marching down Yonge Street and handing out promotional material, dancing, and cooling people off with water guns to celebrate pride in our diverse sexualities and gender identities.
Although I had attended PRIDE before, this was my first time actually participating in the parade, and the experience was unforgettable. Being in the parade, it is possible to get a sense for just how many people attend. Bloor, Yonge, Gerrard and Church streets are packed with layer upon layer of excited spectators as people from surrounding buildings watch from their windows, participating in the water fight as well as throwing confetti and adding to the exciting hubbub of noise.
The Ryerson float represented this year’s theme, “Our Love is Resilient”, decorated with two arches of rainbow-coloured balloons and banners which re-established the theme. The float held students of Ryerson who danced throughout the parade and was followed by a troupe of professional dancers who performed choreographed routines sporadically during the march adding to the excitement and drawing a great deal of attention towards our float!
Participating in this year’s PRIDE parade was an amazing experience. It’s truly overwhelming to witness the solidarity that exists not only at Ryerson University, but in Toronto as a whole. Although there is still much advancement to be made until equality is achieved, I feel extremely privileged that I live in a city where I can celebrate my Pride so openly and with so much love and support from the community. Let’s celebrate our Pride every day, Toronto- pride in our city and pride in our diversity! Happy Pride 2012 everyone!
- Luke Greidanus