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Premier Wynne, Trudeau kick off Pride parade with church service

Ontario’s premier, two federal party leaders and a host of other public figures helped launch Toronto’s 33rd annual Pride Parade on Sunday.

Premier Kathleen Wynne, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau were among those in attendance at a church service held before the parade.

Wynne, who is Ontario’s first openly gay premier, called the service “inspirational” and a central part of the city’s Pride celebrations.

The outdoor event, which focused on the theme of “celebrating everyone,” saw people waving rainbow flags and dancing to music as they packed the church grounds.

New Democrat MPs Craig Scott and Olivia Chow were also in attendance and will later join Mulcair and other Toronto-area politicians on the NDP float in the parade.

Wynne and Trudeau will also march in the parade, which is expected to see thousands pack certain streets in the city’s downtown core for what has traditionally been the largest event of its kind in the country.

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