Hundreds of thousands of spectators took in the annual Vancouver Pride Parade Aug. 5 on a spectacularly sunny day.
This year's event saw several milestones, including a visit from the premier of British Columbia Christy Clark and, for the first time ever, participation from the Vancouver Canucks professional hockey team.
Transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova took part in the parade as a grand marshal.
Talackova made international headlines earlier this year when she fought to participate in the Miss Universe Canada Pageant. Talackova was initially refused the right to participate because she wasn't born female. But seriously, have you seen this woman? I had the opportunity to check her out up close and personal during the VIP Pride party hosted by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and she is ridiculously gorgeous. Speaking of Barefoot, I find it inspiring a company based in California takes such interest in supporting Pride society's across North America.
Parade MC Joan-E wowed the crowd in a flowing gown with an elegant up-do, while as usual, there wasn't a dry eye on the parade route as pink-clad members of PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, marched along. It was the same for the memorial float organized by the Vancouver Pride Society. Of course many of the city's politicians took part in the parade, as did the Vancouver Police Department, including Chief Jim Chu, and Vancouver Fire and Rescue.