Pride Week kicks off with vibrant parade through downtown Edmonton

EDMONTON- Pride week kicked-off with a bang Saturday, as a brightly coloured parade made its way through the streets of downtown Edmonton.

Nearly 80 floats were part of the vibrant parade, which was led by the Pride Centre of Edmonton, the official parade marshal. The parade started at 107 Street and travelled down 102 Avenue to its final destination in Churchill Square.

Thousands of men, women, children and even their dogs lined the streets to show their support for Edmonton’s LGBTQ community. They also shared that support on Twitter.

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Edmonton made history Friday, as CFB Edmonton became the first military base in Canada to raise a Pride flag.

Edmonton’s first Pride celebration took place in 1980. The parade officially marks the beginning of Edmonton Pride Festival 2013, which runs until June 16.

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