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Thousands Flock To Ottawa's Streets For Capital Pride

The chance of rain didn't stop anyone from having a good time.
A man walks under Moving Surfaces, a giant steel and light sculpture at Ottawa's Lansdowne Park, as it is lit up in the colours of the rainbow, during Pride Week on Saturday.
A man walks under Moving Surfaces, a giant steel and light sculpture at Ottawa's Lansdowne Park, as it is lit up in the colours of the rainbow, during Pride Week on Saturday.

The chance of showers didn't put a damper on Ottawa's Pride parade, as thousands came out for a colourful celebration of the LGBTQ community.

Canada's capital turned up on Sunday and people from all walks of life showed up ready to party.

The parade contained over 150 floats and many organizations and companies, including the Ottawa Redblacks football team, turned up to celebrate.

Free mom hugs?

Yes please!#RNation#FiertéCapPridepic.twitter.com/3LzUoblRrw

— Ottawa REDBLACKS (@REDBLACKS) August 26, 2018

My heart is so full, I'm so proud to live in a country where days like today are possible ❤️💛💚💙💜 #FierteCapPride#OTTAWAPRIDEpic.twitter.com/sdNC3ObvuS

— Alexandra Nederlof (@EaErkhart) August 26, 2018

It was also a family affair for many.

Others took the time to bring Pride back to its roots as a political protest, and brought signs that took shots at the province's new government.

Spotted at #FierteCapPride#onpolipic.twitter.com/BSTSVnKmCB

— William Norman (@WilliamNorman) August 26, 2018

Others took the opportunity to mention the RCMP Purge, which targeted and ostracized thousands of LGBT people who worked for the government or the military beginning in the 1950s.

Big crowds at #FiertéCapPride Great to see survivors of the #LGBT Purge marching in the same parade as @rcmpgrcpolice@CanBorder@csiscanada & @cse_cst Remembering our history of exclusion is key in building an inclusive future in 🇨🇦's security & intelligence community. pic.twitter.com/SxkNOHb8tb

— Artur Wilczynski (@Arturmaks) August 26, 2018

Ottawa mayor Jim Watson and other politicians, including Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, also made appearances.

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