July 31th was the happiest day of my life. I was invited to participate in the Pride Parade in downtown Vancouver after my Whistler day trip with ELI that ended at 12 am. At first, I felt too tired to join, so I told my friends I would go if I could wake up. Although I felt tired in the morning, I still told myself that this would be a wonderful chance to join and that if I didn’t join I would definitely regret it.
I arrived at London Drugs at 1pm, but one of my friends arrived at 1:30pm. He told us that he tried his best to be on time; however, his bike’s chain broke during his ride and he carried it on his shoulder to Burrard Street. When we heard about it, we laughed out loud and forgave him without hesitation.
In the beginning, we saw lots of different performances and many friendly gay and lesbian groups. What impressed me was a man on the truck who smoked a large joint, because marijuana is not legal in Taiwan. Besides, gay marriage is not legal in Taiwan either. That is the reason why I love Canada so much—everyone has equal rights without limitations. Not only did we watch the parade but we also danced and jumped in the parade with some South American people. This was my first time I opened my mind and danced with others because my South America friend told me that what I should do is to enjoy the moment rather than caring how other people see you. With sunshine, music and friendly people, this parade became my one of my favourite memories.
After the parade, we went to LOCAL Public Eatery to have beer, cocktails and some special food. This was my first time going to to a bar, so I was really excited. At my friend’s recommendation, we ordered one Hand-made Guacamole & Chips, which I had never heard of, and some fries. I did lots of things for the first time that day. However, the most important thing I learned is that we should respect to everyone’s love. Everyone’s life is special, so we should not limit different kinds of love. I hope that Taiwan can improve in the future to be more like Canada.