Trudeau becomes first sitting prime minister to march in Vancouver Pride parade

By The Canadian Press
July 31, 2016 - 8:16am Updated: August 1, 2016 - 12:33am

VANCOUVER — Justin Trudeau has become the first sitting prime minister to participate in Vancouver’s annual Pride parade.

He and his family waved to cheering crowds as they led the procession along the rainbow-decorated streets of the city’s downtown on Sunday.

Trudeau says Pride is about celebrating community, family and the diversity that he says makes Canada strong.

The prime minister is no stranger to Vancouver Pride — this is the third year in a row he’s taken part in the event.

Sunday’s milestone follows another he set earlier this month when he became the first sitting prime minister to take part in Toronto’s Pride parade, the country’s largest.

Official numbers have yet to be released, but Vancouver Pride organizers estimated the celebration would attract more than half a million spectators.

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