Monday, August 25, 2008

Capital Pride: Canada's capital city, Ottawa celebrates gay pride with 35,000 strong

CBC reports:
Rainbow flags of all shapes and sizes wound their way through Ottawa with the 35,000 people who turned out for Ottawa's 19th annual gay pride parade Sunday afternoon.

Julien Lavoie, a spokesman for Capital Pride, said the parade, which paused at the Supreme Court and the Parliament Buildings, was partly intended to send a political message. He said those Ottawa buildings are the sites of major battles for gay and lesbian rights. "So it's important for us to keep remembering that and celebrating those victories," he said. "And then it also has kind of a looking-forward message, saying maybe this is not enough and maybe there's still some inequalities that gays and lesbians face."