2016: The rainbow flag flies at Richmond Hill Civic Centre after being raised at the town's official flag-raising ceremony.. In Richmond Hill and around the region, Pride flags were subsequently lowered to half mast as a mark of respect for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting tragedy in Orlando.
On June 2nd at 10am, Pride Week celebrations will continue with the raising of the Rainbow Flag at an official Pride flag-raising ceremony hosted by the Town of Richmond Hill.
Join Mayor Dave Barrow, councillors of Richmond Hill and representatives from PFLAG, York Pride Fest and other local organizations at this event, as we celebrate York Region's 17th year of Pride festivals.
All are welcome to attend.
The Rainbow Flag was first flown in York Region by the Town of Newmarket in 2002, but then followed years without any sign of the flag in any municipality.
As evidence of York Region's transformation into one of Canada's most diverse and inclusive regions, 2009 saw a dramatic change when the City of Vaughan and Towns of Markham and Newmarket agreed to fly the Rainbow Flag during our Pride Week. The Towns of Georgina and Aurora joined this new tradition in 2010 when, for the first time, the flag was also raised at every Seneca college campus in the region. In 2013, the Town of East Gwillimbury also flew the flag throughout Pride Week.
Since 2011 the Town of Richmond Hill has not only agreed to fly the flag, but has also hosted an official flag-raising ceremony, as has the City of Markham since 2013, the Towns of Aurora and Georgina since 2015, and the City of Vaughan since last year. 2017 will mark the third occasion on which a flag-raising ceremony has been hosted by York Regional Police.