The elephant in the room for the 2017 Vancouver Pride Parade is whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make a return appearance tomorrow.
Trudeau marched the whole route of last year’s parade, becoming the first Prime Minister to do so and marking his third time at the event if you include the two other times he did it as party leader.
Of course, his presence at the parade is one of its greatest attractions.
He is currently at Vancouver Island attending a number of events including meeting indigenous groups. Earlier this morning he even kayaked to his meetings at the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve near Victoria.
His schedule for tomorrow, the day of the parade, has yet to be released by his office, but it would be somewhat odd and usual for Trudeau to miss out on the Pride event he has attended consecutively for the past few years – especially if he already made an effort to be in BC this weekend.
Trudeau participated in the Toronto parade in June and the Halifax parade late last month.
Last year, his office announced his participation in the 2016 Vancouver Pride Parade a whole month prior to the day of the event.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the streets of downtown Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood for tomorrow’s Pride Parade. The parade starts at noon and runs 20 city blocks long on Robson Street, Denman Street, and Beach Avenue.