Thousands marched in the Saskatoon Pride Parade Saturday and broke records in the process.
Over 10,000 people lined the downtown streets to watch the more than 5,000 people marching on 119 floats, which is up from 66 in 2016.
“You’re special,” said Pride Co-Chair, Danny Papadatos, speaking to those who have faced discrimination.
“You have a voice and you’ll contribute in ways that people will only dream of in this world.”
Rainbow flags swished through the air, music blasted, and happy pride– was yelled throughout the streets of Saskatoon.
Grand Marshal of the parade, Mayor Charlie Clark was the first Saskatoon mayor to take part in the parade in 16 years.
“It’s long overdue,” he said. “I’m very proud to say I support this along with my council colleagues that we support inclusion.”
Clark said this year’s pride parade wasn’t about him.
“I’m walking with the community,” he said. “It’s about letting the community know that the city is behind them.”
Marchers in the parade carried signs that read : “love is love”, “be who you are”, and “I don’t control who I love”