Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Trudeau becomes first sitting PM to march in Vancouver Pride parade - METRO NEWS

by Geordon Omand 
Originally published: July 31, 2016
Publisher: Metronews.ca 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is no stranger to Vancouver's Pride parade, having taken part in the annual celebration for the past several years.

But this year he set a milestone for the 38-year-old event by becoming the first sitting prime minister to participate in the march.

Trudeau and his family waved to cheering crowds as they led the procession along the sunny, rainbow-laden streets of the city's downtown on Sunday.

The prime minister paused along the route to shake hands and snap selfies with enthusiastic spectators.

"What an incredible pleasure it is to be back here in Vancouver," he said moments before the parade set off.

"We celebrate the great diversity that is such a strength of our country. We celebrate community. We celebrate family. And all these things together means we're going to have a great Pride."