Organizers of Owen Sound's first-ever Pride Parade are calling the event a success.
Pride planning committee chair Ryan Brown says more than 1,000 people came out Sunday to walk down 2nd Avenue East, wave Pride Flags and cheer.
"It looked like a big rainbow," Brown says. "It was really amazing. As soon as the parade started all of a sudden all those people were out there with there little pride flags. And the crowd was amazing, sidewalks were packed."
Brown says it was an all-inclusive, full-community event with support coming from many different businesses, organizations, schools, as well as Owen Sound Police and Fire.
Brown, a 16-year-old student at Owen Sound District Secondary School, says having a first Pride Parade is a big step forward in ensuring Owen Sound is a more inclusive community.
"We do amazing Pride events in Owen Sound all the time, but a Pride Parade is really a key event in telling people who's out there and the fact that there is a big community of people waiting for them," Brown explains. "I think we were ready for this."
He adds the event was met with pure positivity -- void of protesters sometimes seen at Pride celebrations.
"It was just such an amazing day and went so smoothly," Brown adds. "I'm excited for the years to come."