The colours of the rainbow filled the streets of downtown Victoria for the 25th Annual Victoria Pride Parade.

The festivities attracted an all-inclusive crowd estimated at more than 30,000 people.

“We’re all here together in support of diversity and the community,” said Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen.

Among those who participated in this year’s parade included BC Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin and Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

“We need to get to the point where everyone has the rights that they need,” Singh explained. “Where everyone is respected. Love is love, and we tear down the homophobia, we tear down the transphobia, tear down those barriers and build a world that is truly inclusive.”

Members of the Victoria Police Department were also part of the parade despite opposition.

“People in our community, especially younger people, feel that they don’t want the police,” said David Tillson with the Victoria Pride Society. “Unfortunately, we have to learn to share. The police are actually are allies and moving forward we have to work with them.”

The event has grown significantly since it’s inception in 1994 as people embrace the rainbow spirit.

Ceilidh Millar