Pride London kicked off ten days of festivities with an historic flag-raising ceremony at London Police headquarters.
On Thursday, the rainbow Pride flag flew high above the LPS headquarters on Dundas Street for the very first time. Earlier in the morning, officials raised the Pride flag at HMCS Provost.
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“I think anytime an organization raises the Pride flag it really shows to the community and to the LGBT employees of that organization that they are supported,” said President of Pride London Andrew Rosser.
“For me it’s really exciting to see so many flags go up this year.”
Members of the London Police Service and Chief John Pare will also walk in the Pride parade on Sunday, July 24th.
“We’ve been working hard with many of our diverse communities,” said Chief Pare.
“It’s a small symbol of something but it’s just reaffirming our commitment to continue to work to address issues and concerns that come up.”
Since 2011, London Police have participated in the annual Pride parade. Chief Pare says he’s excited to be able to participate again this year.
“My wife and I delayed our vacation plans by one day so we can both participate in it,” said Pare.
Events on tap over the next ten days for the Pride Festival include Pride night with the London Majors on Friday, the Pride picnic at the Metropolitan Community Church on Dundas St. on Sunday, the Pride film night on Monday, and the three day outdoor festival in Victoria Park beginning on Friday, July 22nd.
For more information on Pride London festivities click here.
With files from Natalie Lovie