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Over a million people attended Toronto's Gay Pride Parade this year. Among them were some prominent politicians and city officials.

A group of marchers protest Mayor Rob Ford's absence from the parade. The mayor spent the weekend at his family's cottage.

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A giant rainbow flag - the longtime symbol of Pride and its cause - is pulled along the parade route.

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People aboard a float for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union spray onlookers with water. Temperatures went as high as 35 C Sunday with partly cloudy skies.

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Toronto's Pride festival attracts more than a million people to the city and its parade route. While the festival has grown since its inception, organizers attempted to shrink the festival slightly this year.

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Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke walks with comedian Rick Mercer, right. Mr. Burke marches in memory of his openly gay son Brendan Burke after he passed away in a car accident last year.

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Police officers spray the crowd with water as they take part in the Gay Pride Parade.

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Former Toronto Mayor David Miller took part in the parade again this year. He also marched during his tenure as mayor.

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New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, left, and his wife Olivia Chow traveled the parade route by rickshaw.

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A girl dances on a pole on the Neo Paws float going down Yonge Street.

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Toronto City Councillor Shelley Carroll, left, and Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair with his wife Susanne, centre, sing along during "Church on Church," the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto's outdoor service.

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