Pride parade brings more than 75K to downtown streets

The 29th edition of the Capital Pride parade brought more than 75,000 people to the streets of downtown Ottawa Sunday for the annual celebration of the LGBTQ community.

Several politicians participated including Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi and MP for the same riding, Paul Dewar.  Dewar says the parade has grown year after year.

"The first march, my mother was in politics then and it was only a handful of people and it wasn't as welcoming as it is now," he said. "We've come a long, long way."

Morgan Berson says he's never been able to make it to Capital Pride before this year's, and says he's impressed with what he's seen at Ottawa's parade.

"I'm gay so I wanted to show my support and I like to fight for my rights," he said. "It's good that we're getting a lot of press and a lot of visibility in this community."

Many of the spectators brought their families along for the parade.  Martin Settle says his young children have been to pride every year.

"For our own children, this is the kind of world we want to live in so this is kind of values and ethics we espouse," he said.

The parade featured 125 different community groups and corporations including the Ottawa Police, Ottawa Paramedics, and several church groups.

The parade wraps up the week-long Capital Pride festival in Ottawa.

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