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Photos: Windsor-Essex Pride Parade makes a colourful splash

Windsor Star logo Windsor Star 2022-08-08 Kathleen Saylors
Windsor-Essex Pride Fest hosted its annual Pride Parade on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. It was the first time the parade had been held since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this year marked the 30th anniversary of Pride celebrations in Windsor and Essex County. © Provided by Windsor Star Windsor-Essex Pride Fest hosted its annual Pride Parade on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. It was the first time the parade had been held since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this year marked the 30th anniversary of Pride celebrations in Windsor and Essex County.

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest hosted its fan-favourite Pride Parade on Sunday — which proved as colourful as ever.

The parade made its return for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, just in time for a big anniversary: This year marked the 30th anniversary of Pride celebrations in Windsor and Essex County.

Rainbow-coloured balloons, flags, outfits, fans and more filled Ottawa Street for the lively celebration. Attendees held signs with positive messages such as Love Is Love.

The music-filled event attracted a variety of people and organizations, including Unifor, the Detroit Pistons organization, and the Windsor Police Service.

Cheering crowds took part despite the temperature — which hit a high of 32 C on Sunday with a 43 humidex reading, according to Environment Canada.

The parade ended in Lanspeary Park but the Pride Fest party continued.

   Unifor members walked in the WE Pride Fest Parade on Sunday with plenty of pomp and colour. The union was among many different groups and organizations who participated. © Kathleen Saylors Unifor members walked in the WE Pride Fest Parade on Sunday with plenty of pomp and colour. The union was among many different groups and organizations who participated.    ‘Welcome’ to Ottawa Street. Rainbow-coloured University of Windsor participants were among the many who took part in Sunday’s Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Parade. © Kathleen Saylors ‘Welcome’ to Ottawa Street. Rainbow-coloured University of Windsor participants were among the many who took part in Sunday’s Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Parade.    Crowds turned out despite intense heat to cheer on the Windsor-Essex Pride Parade on Sunday along Ottawa Street., Aug. 7, 2022. © Kathleen Saylors Crowds turned out despite intense heat to cheer on the Windsor-Essex Pride Parade on Sunday along Ottawa Street., Aug. 7, 2022.    Love is Love. The Detroit Pistons organization joined the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Parade on Sunday. © Kathleen Saylors Love is Love. The Detroit Pistons organization joined the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Parade on Sunday.    Joy and vibrant colours filled Ottawa Street — among participants and among spectators — during Sunday’s Pride Parade. © Kathleen Saylors Joy and vibrant colours filled Ottawa Street — among participants and among spectators — during Sunday’s Pride Parade.    Plenty of multi-coloured flags were carried down Ottawa Street during Sunday’s Pride Parade that ended at Lanspeary Park where the festivities continued as part of the 30th anniversary of Pride celebrations in Windsor and Essex County. © Kathleen Saylors Plenty of multi-coloured flags were carried down Ottawa Street during Sunday’s Pride Parade that ended at Lanspeary Park where the festivities continued as part of the 30th anniversary of Pride celebrations in Windsor and Essex County.    Sunday’s event was the first time the local Pride Parade had been held since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this year marked the 30th anniversary of Pride Fest. © Kathleen Saylors Sunday’s event was the first time the local Pride Parade had been held since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this year marked the 30th anniversary of Pride Fest.    Ottawa Street was closed to non-parade traffic for hours on Sunday as part of the Pride Fest parade activities. Windsor Police Service officers and auxiliary members along the route sported the distinctive rainbow patches “to celebrate the LGBTIQ2S+ members of our service & the community we serve.” © Kathleen Saylors Ottawa Street was closed to non-parade traffic for hours on Sunday as part of the Pride Fest parade activities. Windsor Police Service officers and auxiliary members along the route sported the distinctive rainbow patches “to celebrate the LGBTIQ2S+ members of our service & the community we serve.”    

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