Toronto Pride Parade 2022 Photos
Toronto Pride Parade 2022 was a blast! After two long years of hiatus due to COVID-19, Pride celebrations worldwide are back! What a wonderful time it is to be free again! Of course, the pandemic isn’t over yet, but I’m pretty sure most attendees were vaccinated. And if ever there will be a surge of COVID-19 cases, let’s hope it won’t be as severe as before. On that note, let’s stop talking about our worries. Instead, let’s celebrate and embrace the uniqueness and the weirdness in all of us.
People From All Walks of Life
The people of Toronto will never fail to amaze you. They came out to rejoice in the open! The crowd’s diversity, from the streets to construction scaffoldings, shows that everyone wanted a good view of the parade or wanted to be seen!
Every time a float with loud music passed by, the energy was electrifying! The cheers, the singing, the dancing, and many “Happy Pride” wishes were overflowing from start to finish. Even if the downpour came (temporarily) at the end, some revelers were still dancing in the rain.
Where are the Barriers?
That’s the question everyone asked. It was my first time attending a Toronto Pride Parade when the crowd barriers on the parade route were nowhere in sight. Don’t tell me they forgot or there was no budget for that? As a result, it was chaotic, and people were uncontrollable. Everyone wanted the best photos or views so that there was no more space left for the parade participants. There was also a lack of parade marshalls/volunteers to direct people to keep their distance from the main streets.
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The Danger of the Scaffoldings
I must admit that I was one of those people who climbed the scaffolding. All I wanted was to get better photos for this post. 😊 I intended to stay for 10-15 minutes, but I think I stayed for an hour because I felt that the temporary structure was sturdy enough to hold people. But when I saw too many of us there, I decided to go down with trembling knees. 😊
Toronto’s Pride Week Turns 50!
The parade was well-attended. Though it was chaotic, the show went on despite its flaws. So, let’s see who came to celebrate Toronto’s 50th Anniversary of Pride Week!
Here are 35 photos of the Toronto Pride Parade 2022!
Of course, my Asian peeps showed up with great poise and were ready to conquer the world of beauty pageants!
At the parade, everyone is and can be a queen – with or without a crown. 😂
Here comes the Pink Dragon! The mythical animal can’t fly after all! But, look at its smile! 😂
It’s ok for guys in leather to hold an umbrella – as long as the umbrella is cute! 😂
The first Pride was a riot. Pride is political. But, nowadays, it’s also commercial.
And speaking of politics, guess who came out?
People cheered to support the LGBTQ Ukraine, especially those who can’t march because they’re fighting for the unprovoked war that Putin created.
Messages of support were outpouring!
In a world full of copycats, be different! Be you!
Even the queen reaches out her hand to mere mortals.
TriggerFish Water Club members ‘fan the flame’ of the excited crowd with their fantastic choreography and flawless fanning skills! 😂
No one can carry pink pompoms better than the fab Montrealers!
Japan showed up in full cultural costume!
The Meta boys dance through it all – without asking for my personal digits! 😂
Rainbow here, rainbow there! Rainbow everywhere!
Characters of all colors are a staple in every parade, not just Pride!
At Pride, you can really be whoever you are!
The folks of the new TV show, “Queer as Folk”, were bold and proud!
Hmmnnn… where are the shirtless firemen who used to spray the thirsty crowd?
What’s a party without Smirnoff?
That see-through top is fabulous – even without the sparkling diamonds!
Get off the street, people! It’s show time for the flag twirlers!
Stiltwalkers were a sight to behold!
Oink! Oink! Yay for vegans!
Do you know that the unicorn is the national animal of Scotland? I just learned it yesterday! 😂
Bisexuals aren’t confused! Look at them! Do they look confused?
The Gap Problem
As usual, the parade had long gaps in between participating organizations. People got bored of waiting and so was I. With long gaps, the people waiting somewhere in Wellesley thought the parade was over. So, they occupied the street. Many left and went to the fairs at Church Street and somewhere else. These gap problem has been on for many years, but they still didn’t figure out how to solve it!? Can you imagine you’re having fun at a party, and the power suddenly goes off? And then it turned again. Off again. And on again? It’s annoying, right?
The gaps were long and I got exhausted I never had the time to take photos of those at the end of the parade. I was already at Church Street when the rain came. I was not sure if every participating sponsors/organizations was able to finish at Dundas Square. Let’s hope that next year, it gets better!
We still have 3 days to the end of June. It’s still Pride Month technically. So, Happy Pride, still! 🥰