TORONTO -- Tens of thousands of people turned out to celebrate the grand finale of World Pride 2014 — the 34th annual parade.
Spectators and participants cooled themselves off with water guns or sought out small amounts of shade.
The sound of cheering crowds could be heard for blocks in the downtown area and the parade route was decorated with rainbow-coloured flags and people wearing leis and wigs.
“It’s just great to be here and to be out celebrating on the street,” said 17-year-old Michelle Tracey, who was dressed festively in a bikini and heels.
A man wearing a rainbow mask is seen during the WorldPride gay pride parade in Toronto on June 29, 2014. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)
Hundreds of people were lined up around Yonge and College Sts., sitting on friends’ shoulders and standing on metal newspaper boxes to get a better view of passing floats.
There were shirtless men and women and people dressed in leather and as sailors. There were also families with young children and lots of politicians, including Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly and mayoral candidates John Tory and Sarah Thomson.