History was made in downtown Oshawa as Durham Region held its first ever Pride Parade. The Durham Regional Police Service, a long-standing supporter of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning (LGBTQ) community, is proud to have participated in this inaugural occasion.
The parade took place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 12 and was organized by Pride Durham, a community organization devoted to supporting and promoting LGBTQ initiatives. Travelling down Highway #2 from Queen Street to Celina Street, DRP was joined by the Durham Children’s Aid Society, the AIDS Committee of Durham and various other community groups.
Members of DRP, including Chief Mike Ewles, travelled in the parade with a cruiser decorated with rainbow decals and handed souvenirs out to people on the sidewalk. For Cst. Keith Richards, the Durham Pride Parade represented a large step in the acceptance of the LGBTQ community within Durham Region.
“We’ve been participating in the Toronto Pride Parade for three years now, so it’s great to see a version of those festivities here in Oshawa,” said Richards. “Showing our support for this momentous event is just another avenue for reaching out to the community.”
The parade is just one event held during Durham Pride Week which ran from June 5 to June 12. Other events throughout the week included a youth dance, distinguished speakers event at UOIT, gala at MoJo Vino restaurant and an afternoon festival at the Heydenshore Pavilion.
Please visit the Pride Durham Website for all information on Durham Pride Week.
Pride thumb (JPG file, 45.4K bytes)
DRP members and volunteers at Durham Pride Parade. (JPG file, 311.0K bytes)
Our custom vehicles roll down Highway #2. (JPG file, 326.9K bytes)
The Durham Pride Week sponsors. (JPG file, 433.6K bytes)
The CUPE Flag and Club 717 Truck. (JPG file, 460.8K bytes)
Supporters from the Local 222 CAW Union. (JPG file, 526.8K bytes)