08/04/2013 02:51 EDT | Updated 10/04/2013 05:12 EDT

Vancouver Pride Parade kicks off

Vancouver's 35th annual Pride Parade kicked off at noon today.

The parade began at Robson Street and Thurlow Street, and will head west to Denman Street, following Denman to Pacific Street and Beach Avenue and will finish at Sunset Beach.

The event is expected to draw as many as 700,000 people.

Vancouver Pride Parade Grand Marshalls

- Susan Harman, Karin Lind and Aideen McKenna; three mothers who have contributed more than a decade of service to the parents, families, and friends of Vancouver’s LGBTQ Community.

- Brandon Timmerman; an Ontario youth who founded Brockville Pride at the age of 16 and has continued to be an advocate for queer youth.

- Zdravko Cimbaljevic is the “first out gay man” in Montenegro and is the founder of its modern LGBTQ movement.

Official road closures

- 1000–1100 Robson St. between Burrard and Bute from 7:00am to 2:00pm

- 700–900 Thurlow St. between Georgia and Nelson from 7:00am to 2:00pm

- 1100-1600 Robson St. between Bute and Denman from 10:00am to 3:00pm

- 800-1200 Denman St. between Robson and Beach 10:00am to 4:00pm

- 1300-1700 Beach Ave. between Denman and Jervis 10:00am to 4:00pm

- 1000-1200 Pacific between Jervis and Burrard 11:00am to 5:00pm