Vancouver Pride 2017 features Sense8's Lana Wachowkski, Canucks, and more

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      Thousands of people turned out to watch the 39th annual Vancouver Pride parade march through the West End in a display of support and celebration of local LGBT communities.

      Among the parade participants were a rainbow of municipal, provincial, and federal politicians, Sense8 cast members, and Vancouver Canucks, who joined in the fabulous fun.

      Here are just a few highlights from the colour-drenched festivities. (For more coverage from the parade, check out this spotlight on the latest fashions from the parade that are suitable for wearing to the office or other serious occasions.)

      Dykes on Bykes got the parade off to a roaring start.
      Craig Takeuchi
      Knights of Malta carried flags of Canadian provinces
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      The United States flag was also included, representing Canada's forthcoming annexation of the USA.
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      When it comes to homophobia and transphobia, Nunavut is having none of it.
      Craig Takeuchi
      Ooh la la, c'est Québec!
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      The Musqueam Nation showed their Pride.
      Craig Takeuchi
      This contingent took Pride in the West Coast.
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      Tru Wilson and her family, who won a battle for trans-supportive policies in the local Catholic school system, were 2017 parade marshals.
      Craig Takeuchi
      Former Canadian National Team soccer player Carrie Serwetnyk was also a parade marshal
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      Posthumous parade marshal and local LGBT activist Fraser Doke
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      Sense8 co-creator Lana Wachowski
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      These marchers paid tribute to the creator of the rainbow flag, U.S. gay rights activist Gilbert Baker, who died on March 31.
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      Mayor Gregor Robertson looked happy and gay as he was being interviewed on the parade route.
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      B.C. Ambulance Service
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      Vancouver Fire Department
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      The Foundation of Hope, which helps LGBT refugees, showed their support for LGBT people from around the world.
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      The Foundation of Hope marchers carried flags from around the world.
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      The Foundation of Hope
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      The Foundation of Hope flag bearers wore tape over their mouths to symbolize how LGBT people are silenced and persecuted.
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      MP Hedy Fry led a Wonder Woman–themed contingent.
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      Vancouver–West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert led the NDP's parade entry by waving the rainbow flag.
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      MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert with B.C. Premier John Horgan
      Spencer Chandra Herbert
      North Vancouver–Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite
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      PFLAG Vancouver—a parental show of support for their LGBT children
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      Vancouver Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson, teammate Troy Stecher, mascot Finn, and several Canucks staff members marched in the parade.
      Vancouver Canucks
      The Vancouver Canucks showed off their team uniforms for their next season.
      Craig Takeuchi
      Vancouver Canucks' mascot Finn
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      Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan proved he's poised to become the next Shah Rukh Khan when he jumped on the Bollywood-themed Sher Vancouver float to show off his best dance moves.
      Sher Vancouver
      Mayor Gregor Robertson, with local LGBT community member (and boyfriend for the day) Yogi Omar
      Yogi Omar

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