The annual Pride Parade has always been an iconic event for Vancouver, signifying a proud acceptance of all people regardless of orientation or culture. Being such a significant and virtuous occasion, you would hope political leaders would take the opportunity to join in on the festivities to demonstrate the value of coming together as Canadians.

However, until yesterday, no Prime Minister had ever walked in the parade.

On Sunday afternoon, hundreds of thousands of people people flocked to the streets of downtown to declare their love and pride. And for the first time in Canada's history, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was leading the way. He was accompanied by his family while he walked the entire 20-block route, stopping occasionally to address the crowd: “We celebrate the great diversity that is such a strength of our country.”

No matter how you feel about our current Prime Minister, I think it is fair to say that this was a monumental moment and a step in the right direction. It is one thing to enact policy in favour of unity, but it becomes much more meaningful when you embrace it wholeheartedly on the front lines. If you missed the party, here are some pictures of the colorful day:

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