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Streets Jammed with Toronto Pride
 

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(June 25, Toronto)  More than 750,000 people jammed the world's longest street to celebrate gay and lesbian pride.

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People began marking out their territory to watch the parade along Yonge Street more than three hours before the first float set off.

High atop a vintage fire truck Mayor Mel Lastman blasted the crowd with water canons.  The water fights with the crowd have been a highlight of the parade since Lastman became mayor.  And, most people came prepared.  The Blasts of cool water were welcomed by most people as the temperature soared above 30 degrees celcius.

Gay city councillor Kyle Rae, and out Member of the Legislature George Smitherman joined other gay and lesbian politicians marching the route.

More than a dozen floats, bands, several hundred drag queens, leathermen and women, and representatives from several dozen gay groups all marched.

Among them, Toronto's gay scout troop, the first gay troop in North America.  The scouts had spent the weekend camping on the grounds of the nearby University of Toronto.  Leader Bonte Minnema said the only problem was Saturday night's heavy thunderstorm.  But, he said most of the scouts remembered their motto and were prepared.

The three hour parade capped off a week of Pride festivities.