Pride Durham was “Bringing Unity to the Community” in a big way as the second annual Pride Parade filled the streets of Oshawa. The Durham Regional Police Service, a long-standing supporter of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning (LGBTQ) community, was proud to have participated in this festive occasion.
The parade took place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 10 and was organized by Pride Durham, a community organization devoted to supporting and promoting LGBTQ initiatives. Travelling from the Oshawa Centre along Highway #2 to Park Road and down Elmgrove Ave. back to the Oshawa Centre, 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, Deputy Chief Paul Martin and CAO Stan MacLellan, travelled in the parade with a police vehicle decorated with rainbow decals and handed souvenirs out to people on the sidewalk. For Cst. Keith Richards, the Durham Pride Parade represents the acceptance of the LGBTQ community within Durham Region.
“Last year was Durham’s first parade and it’s great to see so many more participants involved this year,” said Richards. “This event enables us to reach out in a fun way and shows the LGBTQ community that we support them.”
The parade is just one event held during Durham Pride Week which ran from June 4 to 10. Other events throughout the week included various youth activities, flag raisings, and a music festival at Memorial Park.
For more information on Pride Durham, please click here.
pride thumb (JPG file, 41.2K bytes)
DRP along the parade route (JPG file, 446.6K bytes)
Cst Keith Richards posing with Grand Marshall Talia Skye (JPG file, 102.3K bytes)
Chief Ewles handing out pencils to the crowd (JPG file, 84.0K bytes)
Deputy Chief Paul Martin meets a friendly face (JPG file, 145.4K bytes)
Our DRP participants (JPG file, 108.5K bytes)