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Gay Pride 2006: Toronto

It was a perfect day on Sunday for Toronto Pride, which, with an estimated 1.2 million attendees, was the largest Pride celebration in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The parade down Yonge St. had a nice mix of colorful queens, community groups, shirtless guys of all shapes and sizes, and lots of house and dance hall beats. And let’s not forget the Super Soakers. We managed to protect our camera from the water gun toters long enough to snap some photos of the parade, which you can check out after the jump.

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We also wandered around the festival along Church St. (the Toronto Gay Village) and saw some interesting characters, including some gay mounties. We’re sorry we missed the Dyke Parade on Saturday, but we were still nursing a hangover from Friday night. If anybody has photos, please send them in!

Our day ended at Big Primpin‘s “Get Busted” party at the Courthouse, where we danced away every last drop of energy that hadn’t been sapped by sun, beer gardens, and crazy queens.

Hundreds of thousands turn out for Toronto’s Pride Parade [CBC]

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We loved these two ladies, one of which was representing our favorite nude beach in Toronto, Hanlon’s Point.

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This was our favorite float in the parade. Built by the folks at Buddies, it was a giant sparkly banana that shot confetti out the tip. Classy!

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We aren’t quite sure who the elderly gentlemen in the carriage are, but they seemed to be enjoying the ride.

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Potheads crop up everywhere trying to get their point across, and at Pride they did it by pasting little jewels on their breasts. We thought some of them looked like lesbians, or maybe bisexuals.

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Toronto Mayor David Miller getting all wet from the water guns and still having fun.

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This was our favorite moment of the whole day: a big beefy fireman making out with his boyfriend on top of the fire truck. An instant classic.

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The Green Party of Canada got fancy with their float this year and had lithe, young drag woodland fairies dancing on a leafy platform. It reminded us of that movie Ferngully.

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These were two guys dressed up as Mounties, one of which was wearing a costume made out of felt. These aren’t the two you’ve read about, but we suspect the guy in the authentic uniform was a real Mounty and his husband wanted to dress up, too.

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One of the corporate-sponsored floats that we decided to include just for the sheer flexibility of that dancer. We were impressed.

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This queen was really working the crowd and we loved every minute of it.

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Yikes. This guy was amazing.

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What’s better than a tall, sexy man with a blonde afro wig? An even taller sexy man with a blonde afro wig.

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Please don’t yell at us for giving free advertising to Trojan. We just really liked this little puppy. A lot.

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We are reminded of a recent Olay commercial that never made sense to us until now: ribbons really do make everything beautiful!

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I couldn’t resist.

By:           frank
On:           Jun 26, 2006
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  • 6 Comments
    • Bent Yellow Boy
      Bent Yellow Boy

      Great photos! I was there, too — Toronto Pride gets better every year.

      Jun 26, 2006 at 9:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Allen
      Allen

      I didn’t think this year’s parade was as good as in the past. Where was the MAC float?

      P.S. Thought you looked familiar; you were standing right in front of me! I’ve got a few more pictures here if you’d like.

      Jun 26, 2006 at 11:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Greenie
      Greenie

      Just to clarify, all the dancers on the Green float were girls.

      Jun 27, 2006 at 9:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Philippe
      Philippe

      The four elderly gentlemen were two couples, and the grand marshals of the parade:
      http://www.pridetoronto.com/parade/honoured_group.htm

      Great pictures! Brought back all the good memories of Sunday afternoon that had been lost by the haze of Sunday night.

      Jun 28, 2006 at 11:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lavi Soloway
      Lavi Soloway

      I’m looking for any and all photos you have of me and my two friends, Keith and Michael. We were riding on the firetruck in the parade… they were the kissing hunks.

      Jun 30, 2006 at 12:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AseriusVip
      AseriusVip

      Hi
      Great site!

      Feb 11, 2007 at 1:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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