Ontario Premier Doug Ford made an unannounced appearance at the York region’s Pride parade in Newmarket, Ont., on Saturday afternoon.
Ford tweeted that he “had a blast” at the event, the first Pride the region has held in person since the pandemic began.
York Regional Police also took part in the event, tweeting that they were happy the celebrations could take part in person this year.
After a couple of years of virtual celebrations, I had a blast seeing everyone again in person at @yorkprideca’s parade. So many friendly faces enjoying the festivities.— Doug Ford (@fordnation) June 18, 2022
Happy Pride, Ontario! 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/XhpePjPJFj
Ford last attended the region’s Pride parade in 2019, arriving unannounced on that occasion as well.
That year, Ford said he wouldn’t go to the Toronto Pride parade because of a decision to prevent uniformed police officers from marching in it.
Ford has previously said he has no problem going to Pride events and that they are a great boost to the economy.