|Promoting Quebec at Pride|
That's why I generally like to show my support for Pride by attending the actual festival rather than the parade.
But by mid-afternoon, I was feeling more or less back at par, it was a nice day and I figured I may as well get get out and get some exercise by rollerblading down to check out the tail end of procession.
It was the usual stuff, but even more of it than usual since this year Toronto was the host of World Pride, whatever that distinction means.
Lots of local politicians were there, including a tiny Sarah Thomson contingent. I have no idea how that woman finds people stupid enough to publicly express support for her, but there were a handful of youth looking like they were doing it to get some sort of intern experience they could put on their resumes. Although if they were smart, that would be the sort of thing they would want to leave off their resume.
John Tory's float was the perfect metaphor for his campaign. It was the one that cost the most money, but looked sparse and was manned by unenthusiastic-looking people.
If Pride contingents are anything to go by, then Olivia Chow has the drag queen vote wrapped up. Whether that is enough to put her over the top in the mayoral contest however remains doubtful.
As it turned out, the most popular politician at this year's Pride festival was Mayor Rob Ford. Our mayor didn't appear in person, but was portrayed by a rotund man wearing a Rob Ford mask sitting astride a large model jet on a float from opponents of the expansion of the Toronto Island airport.
|Fake Ford more popular than real Chow or Tory|
The miserable, ugly wretches of the anti-semitic group "Queers Against Israeli Apartheid" (QuAIA) were there too. There were only about a dozen of the hideous creatures led by their decrepit spokesman, Toronto District School Board "equity adviser" Tim McCaskell, who looked less vibrant and alive than any zombie extra you'll see on The Walking Dead.
At the top end of the parade route, their float was being hauled by the "al-Quds" mobile, a black pick-up from Palestine House, an organization that lost its federal funding for its support of anti-semitism and terrorism. The "al Quds" mobile quickly ditched the QuAIA float though, probably offended at being surrounded by a sea of gay people at Pride. Within a few minutes, no longer propped up by their Islamist friends, the QuAIA display collapsed.
There are plenty of ironies and paradoxes that describe a gay group trying to eliminate the only country in the middle east that respects gay rights and does not persecute people because of their sexual orientation. In Gaza, which the QuAIA idiots are so fond of, that al Quds mobile would be dragging QuAIA members by the neck because they are gay, rather than a float supporting their deceitful propaganda.
|...being dragged by the "al Quds mobile"|
The pathetic characters in QuAIA are so past-it, so intellectually vapid, and so desperate for any sort of attention they can get, that they end up supporting overtly homophobic hatemongers while pretending to be "social justice activists."
In what may have been a sense of ironic humor by the Pride parade's schedulers, the "Queers Against Israeli Apartheid" group was immediately trailed by a group of Iranian gays protesting the mistreatment and persecution of gay people in Iran which mirrors that inflicted on gays by the Palestinians.
|QuAIA's walking corpse, Tim McCaskell|
|Iranian gays live in fear|
While having nothing to do with Pride but adjacent to the parade, Ashely's had an outdoor display of an Indy car being supported by four tea cups.
And so Toronto's Pride went, for 2014.
|More creepy "Queers Against Israel"|
|Within a couple of blocks, the QuAIA display malfunctioned (this pic via Joanne Hill)|
|These folks were from the group supporting gays in Iran|
|A small marching band from Fort Henry|
|The groovy Steampunk contraption|
|The contraption's 'driver'|
|Behold the strength of the mighty tea cup|