Ottawa — It’s been a tough year for the Purple Heart parade in Ottawa, as organizers are hoping to get back to their roots this year.
In April, organizers decided to cancel the parade due to poor weather.
Then, on May 13, the city decided to change the date of the parade to the weekend of May 29.
Now, the parade is being held on Saturday, May 29, to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia.
It’s an exciting day for the event, organizers said in a news release.
“I think it’s a very positive day for everyone.
It’s going to be a great day to come out to celebrate the history and the legacy of the Purple Handicap and to have our own special parade day,” said event co-organizer Rob Taylor.
Last year, organizers started working on the parade route.
This year, they will be moving from the waterfront, up to the National Capital Region to move to a location more suitable for the large crowd expected for the parade.
This year’s parade will include many of the same floats, including the Canadian military’s “Proud Canadian” floats, the Ottawa Police and Fire Service’s “Duty to Serve” floats and the Ontario government’s “The Pride of Our Country” floats.
Organizers said the parade will be held at the new Canadian Pacific Railway building, a heritage building where many of Ottawa’s landmarks are housed.
The new building is being used as the temporary home for the Canadian Forces.
The Canadian Pacific said in May that it was looking at ways to reuse some of the heritage buildings to make way for more permanent uses.
The company is currently in the process of getting approval to start moving the military buildings into their new building.
The Canadian Forces has been hosting the parade since 1967, when the service’s president, Gen. Paul LeBlanc, took the oath of office in Ottawa.
The parade is organized by the Canadian Legion and the Canadian Red Cross, along with the Ottawa International Centre for the Arts and the Ottawa Community Centre for Arts and Humanities.
A number of other Canadian groups have also participated in the parade, including Rideau Hall, which hosted the Canadian Association of Fire Fighters (CAF) parade in 2018.
For more information on the event and other LGBTQ events in Ottawa visit the Ottawa Pride website.
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