Videos: Hedy Fry, Adrian Dix, and Gregor Robertson march in the Vancouver Pride parade
Perhaps nothing in the world draws more progressive politicians than a Pride parade.
Today was no exception in downtown Vancouver, with the New Democratic Party turning out the largest contingent.
It was led by Adrian Dix and back-ended by gay West End NDP MLA Spencer Herbert. If the party had put on such a strong effort in the neighbourhood in the recent federal election, it might have snatched Vancouver Centre from veteran incumbent Hedy Fry.
Hordes of New Democrats follow their leader.
Of course, the federal Liberals are no slouches when it comes to the Pride parade. Last year, Fry dressed up as Lady Justice in a dramatic demonstration of her diva-like presence.
This year, she toned it down somewhat. It was rather entertaining to see the only other Liberal MP in the province, Joyce Murray, look like part of the backup act to the Queen of Pride.
Hedy Fry always brings some theatrics to Pride.
Last year, Vancouver civic politicians appeared to be having a roaring party on their float, led by Mayor Gregor Robertson in a feather boa.
This year, the mayor toned it down somewhat, though he still managed to don a rainbow-coloured shirt for the occasion. He walked alongside Chief Jim Chu in the Vancouver Police Department contingent.
Gregor Robertson marches with the Vancouver police.
Robertson may have been trying to demonstrate that he's getting along with the chief, even though the mayor seemed to leave Chu out in the lurch after the Stanley Cup riot.
Meanwhile, those on the City of Vancouver float, including Heather Deal and Tim Stevenson, tried to generate some excitement without their grand leader. The best floats always have the most dramatic music—and this year, the city didn't match the standard set in 2010.
How many politicians can you recognize on the city's float?
This year, the labour movement marched in solidarity rather than running a bunch of separate floats. It left a positive impression on the crowd.
Lots of union folks came to the parade.