Pride London got some co-operation from Mother Nature as the parade was one of the final events for the festival.
Environment Canada ended its heat warning Sunday morning, and despite a few raindrops, showers were mostly non-existent.
The 22nd annual Pride parade saw hundreds of Londoners line Queens Ave. and Wellington St. to celebrate the event.
London Police were present, but mostly stood near the few people protesting the parade.
One group of people, led by Kristina Culikow, decided to protest a protester — something they’ve turned into an annual activity.
“We did this last year, but we had a different message,” she said. “Last year we protested broccoli as a parody protest.”
Today, Culikow’s sign read “Stand Here With Your Irrelevant Opinions.”
— Tom Fraser (@thomfraser) July 24, 2016
“He’s just ruining the day, it’s unnecessary. It’s backwards, and I think this shuts down that message.”
However, protesters were few and far between, and were mostly drowned out by the noise of the parade and the crowd.
For Kevin Murphy, who’s been coming to the parade since 2000, that speaks volumes about the level of acceptance in the city.
“(It’s) pretty good that our community comes out and not only supports the parade, but also tries to protect the people,” said Murphy. “I think it’s progressing in a good direction every year when it comes to openness. Every year we see less and less anti-parade protesters, and this year I don’t even think I’ve seen any.”
— AM980 London News (@AM980News) July 24, 2016
The parade was fronted by a memorial for the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting. Following that was London Police Chief John Pare as well as members of city council and city employees.