Closures for the parade begin at 7 a. The society uses a scoring system when it decides whether to allow groups to participate. UBC clubs and associations are also not permitted to officially walk today, but they can walk with other groups or as individuals. Last year, the Vancouver Pride Society decided not to allow the Vancouver Police Department in the parade if they were in uniform and has previously barred political parties who did not sign a pro-trans rights pledge. The Prime Minister is among those marching today.
Road closures, controversy and celebration with today's Pride Parade in Vancouver
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Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. Tens of thousands donned their brightest colours and brought the party to downtown Vancouver for the Vancouver Pride Parade Sunday. Dozens of floats and hundreds of marchers danced and sang their way through the West End streets to not only celebrate the 41st anniversary of the parade, but also some other important milestones in LGBTQ rights. VancouverPride GlobalBC pic. Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart and other members of council joined the prime minister along the parade route.
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The parade, which covered only one side of the street while the other remained open to traffic, ran from Nelson Park to Alexandra Park via Thurlow, Pacific and Beach. The VPS is managed by a 9-member volunteer board of directors  and a handful of paid staff, who handle the finances, logistics and operations of the organization and events. In addition, many hundreds of volunteers are involved in running the events. The events are funded through annual donations, corporate sponsorships, the City of Vancouver, parade entry fees, festival vendor fees, and donations collected during events.
According to Dutton, the event started out small, with less need for money to pay for necessities like security and cleanup, and with the intended goal of raising awareness for the LGBTQ community. It had to rely on its own members for financial support. In , Labatt and Molson were both sponsors of the event. Dutton considered sponsorship by beer producers to be a result of the popularity of LGBTQ bars and nightclubs. That broke a corporate logjam preventing Pride from receiving major financial backing, he said.