The Pride parade capped off a week long celebration of Pride events here in Sudbury.
The walk started at memorial park on Saturday July 19, and encircled the downtown core. Prominent members of the community included Chief of police, Paul Pederson, walking with the crowd; and Sudbury MP, Glenn Thibeault, proudly riding through the parade on his motorcyle.
"It's a way we can all come together, all support together, and there's a lot of love, hope and optismism that comes from that," said Thibeault. A frequent attendee, Thibeault commented on the larger than expected turnout for the walk this year.
Many people celebrating also commented on the large attendance rate and the feeling of community that resonated through the city this year.
Rita OLink of TG Innerselves said she was blown away by the city's support.
"We had neighbours and friends out, and we spent the day with each other, what a wonderful way to mix. This is what community is about...I think I'm coming up on my 200 hug count today, and that's the way it should be," said OLink
As the crowd danced and marched their way through the city, onlookers waved and joined in. Many participants handed out lollipops and candy to passing spectators of all ages.
The response and reaction to the parade showcased the proud and diverse LGBT2 SQQA community here in Sudbury.