Carly Rae Jepsen plans to sing at Toronto Pride parade, but Premier Doug Ford will be a no-show

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      Canada's largest Pride parade won't include the premier.

      Ontario's Doug Ford is skipping the annual celebration in Toronto today because organizers have refused to allow uniformed police officers to march in the event.

      The event starts at 2 p.m. Toronto time (11 a.m. in Vancouver) at Church and Bloor streets before travelling south on Yonge Street before reaching the TD main stage at Dundas Street.

      Mission, B.C.-raised pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will be on the Bud Light float along with one of her collaborators, emerging Toronto artist Jordan Alexander.

      He wrote a verse for her song "Feels Right", which will they'll perform twice.

      Listen to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Feels Right".

      This year, organizers are highlighting the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall demonstration in New York City in 1969, which came after police raided a gay bar.

      This will be the first Pride parade in Toronto since serial killer Bruce McArthur was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for preying on gay men in Toronto.

      "We're celebrating 50 years of what should be equality," Pride Toronto executive director Olivia Nuamah told CBC News, "but what in fact continues to be an ongoing struggle for LGBTQ2+ rights as symbolized in Bruce McArthur and his decade-long serial murder spree."