August 2013

Capital Pride: The Parade Part One

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Capital Pride was an incredible experience. It was one of the few times in my life when I have experienced mutual love, respect and joy with strangers on such a massive scale.

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The parade was a celebration of overcoming prejudice, rejoicing in our differences and feeling safe to be who we are. Up and down the street people wished each other a “Happy Pride!”, from families to couples, teenagers to the elderly, eccentrics to the modest. Faces everywhere were beaming with pride. It was a truly beautiful sight to behold and I felt honoured to be sharing in the experience.

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Thousands of humans of all races, genders, sexualities, ages, nationalities and faiths stood side by side along Bank Street in Downtown Ottawa. Of course there were the usual couple of crazies protesting the parade with placards stating that we are all going to hell but the general consensus was one of “kill them with kindness”. It made me think of a quote by Marianne Williamson which said “See all human behaviour as one of two things: either love, or a call for love.” And so nobody got angry or upset and instead we acknowledged their opinions and continued on with our celebrations.

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I took at least five hundred photos of the parade (it was that good) and so I am going to split them up into five or six separate posts to be published once a day. This post begins with my favourite part of the parade: the families in all their wonderfully different forms.

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Love Jill

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