THOUSANDS of people lined Northbridge streets to watch Perth’s biggest Pride Parade to date on Saturday night.
More than 80 floats featuring LGBTQI organisations and their allies marched, including WA Police, WA Scouts and Jews for Pride, following traditional parade leaders Dykes on Bikes.
Premier Mark McGowan made history on the night by being the first WA Premier to walk in the parade, which had a ‘freedom’ theme this year.
He had previously walked as Opposition Leader.
Pride WA president Andrew Barker said there had been a “groundswell” of support for the LGBTQI community this year.
“We have never had more than 70 floats before,” he said.
“This year the plebiscite debacle generated a groundswell of support and sent the message to our government to pull your finger out and do your job.”
Mr Barker said changes made to the parade route after more than 20 years caused controversy when announced in September, but he only heard positive feedback on the night.
“People said the new look route was great and they liked to see a change,” he said.
He said he was confident the 2018 parade would be just as strong, with many corporations jumping on board with support and wanting to include their own float.
Mr McGowan said he was committed to “stamping out inequality and discrimination in the community”.
“I look forward to continuing Labor’s proud tradition of supporting equality for people of the LGBTQI community and promoting diversity in our state,” he said.
Pride WA has received more than $800,000 funding through Lotterywest since 2004.