Thousands of Calgarians came together to celebrate Pride Parade in the city's downtown on Sunday.

Part of week-long celebrations to promote equality and acceptance of Calgary’s LGBTQA community, the parade's attendees included Olympians Samuel Edney, Shannon Rempel and Denny Morrison and Calgary's Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

Alison Redford also became the first Alberta premier to march in a gay pride parade, when she acted as grand marshal for Calgary's event on Sunday.

"I was extremely honoured to be the first Premier of Alberta to march in the Calgary Pride Parade today," said Redford on Facebook.

"It was a colourful, fun afternoon and an event that reminds us how open, welcoming and dynamic is our great province," she added.

Calgary celebrated its biggest Pride Parade last year with over 30,000 attendees and the number is expected to be higher this year, according to CBC News.

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  • Shannon Rempel, left, a 2006 Olympic silver medallist in long track speed skating, marches in a gay pride parade with Cory Archer, far right, in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

  • Denny Morrison, centre, a two-time Olympic medallist in long track speed skating, rides his motorcycle in a gay pride parade in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

  • Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and another marcher take a photo while marching in a gay pride parade in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

  • Alberta Premier Alison Redford, centre, marches in a gay pride parade in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

  • Alberta Premier Alison Redford, centre, marches in a gay pride parade in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

  • A woman watches marchers in a gay pride parade in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

  • Shannon Rempel, 2006 Olympic silver medallist in long track speed skating, marches in a gay pride parade in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

  • Alberta Premier Alison Redford, centre, marches in a gay pride parade in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

  • A woman photographs marchers in a gay pride parade in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

  • Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi , far left, marches with Olympians Samuel Edney, centre, and Shannon Rempel, in a gay pride parade in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

  • A man in drag leads a group of marchers in a gay pride parade in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

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"It's very encouraging, every year we're getting bigger and bigger," said Tansy Wong, director of media and communications to The Calgary Sun, adding that there were over 80 entries in the parade this year, many more than the 50 to 60 from last year.

Redford was also the first Alberta premier to participate in Edmonton's gay pride festival when she spoke after the parade in June 2012.

Kathleen Wynne, Canada's first openly gay provincial leader, made history earlier this year when she became the first sitting Ontario premier to march in the Toronto pride parade.

With files from The Canadian Press

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