We emerged from the subway at the corner of Bloor and Yonge Sts. right at the first turn of the parade route. We were several people back from the frontmost viewing spots but gradually as people shifted or left, (due to a woman who screamed frequently as floats went by) we worked our way to within one or two people from the front. We had an excellent vantage point from there. Skip was a few feet over from where I was standing.
I kept my left index finger in my ear and warded off deafness from the screamer to my left. Lesson learned: take earplugs!
The parade lasted almost two hours! Many groups were represented, some businesses, public transit (TTC), the City of Toronto, GO Transit, teacher groups - including Catholic (!), various church groups, PFLAG, and others supporting LGBT kids and the usual groups one would expect in a Pride Parade.
I loved the sign the Totally Naked Toronto men carried. It left me kind of nostalgic for Captain Underpants - LOL!
This woman (I'm pretty sure it was a woman) with her Toronto City Hall-shaped hat was dressed as "Rob Ford's Pink Skip". Clever.
I got a lump in my throat when I saw the sign, "I love my gay son", as I know more than one person whose parents were not receptive to their 'coming out' and one who after 25 years still doesn't accept that her son is gay nor has met his partner of 25 years.
The energy was great! Everyone was in such a good mood! What a joyous event! Afterwards, we strolled down Church street which was a big promenade lined with bars, restaurants and booths. There were more happy people, booming music, a misting tent, and lots of people-watching opportunities. And we got lots of exercise! Next year Toronto is hosting World Pride 2014. What a party that will be!!
Back at home, I continue to work on Spike. I got Seasons 2 and 3 of "West Wing" from the library so have had several evening of marathon watching and stitching sessions.
Rib and Braid Socks by my BFF, Maureen Foulds.It can be found in her ebook "Twisted Socks: The Cable Collection" and her Ravelry store.
I have a couple of little stitching projects on deck and am about to assemble the fabric and floss and get started.
And something exciting may be on my knitterly and travel horizon. I'll keep you posted.