Trudeau to be first Canadian PM to march in pride parade

The event is a highlight of one of the world's largest gay pride festivals

Afp February 24, 2016

OTTOWA: Justin Trudeau will become the first Canadian prime minister to march in Toronto's Pride parade this summer, organisers said.

The July 3 event -- which in previous years has drawn some 100,000 participants and spectators -- is a highlight of one of the world's largest gay pride festivals.

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"This year's parade will make Canadian history, with Justin Trudeau participating as the first ever sitting prime minister to march," festival organisers said in a statement Monday.

"Very much look forward to being there again, this time as PM," Trudeau confirmed in a Twitter message.

This year has attracted up to one million visitors to Toronto in the past -- will last for a month and take up 22 city blocks that will be closed to traffic.

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Its 2016 theme is "You can sit with us," which organizers said "conveys a strong message of belonging and inclusion."


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