The Stanford-Baker family â€” Sarah, Charlotte, 9, and Kathleen, along with their dog, Tommy Douglas â€” attended Saturday's Okanagan Pride Festival march in downtown Kelowna.
So, she showed up at Saturday's Okanagan Pride Festival march in Kelowna wearing a pink dress and an armful of rubber rainbow bracelets, with her two moms and dog Tommy Douglas in tow.
By the way, Tommy, a King Charles spaniel, sported a rainbow boa and was ready to slip into drag as Tamara D. later in the day for the Pooches on Parade.
A crowd of about 300 gathered at Stuart Park downtown for the march to Jubilee Bowl in City Park and the continuation of celebrations at the Festival in the Park.
"We were just married in Kelowna last September," said one of Charlotte's moms, Sarah Stanford-Baker, while waving a rainbow flag. "Charlotte was a big part of the ceremony.
"Marriage commissioner James Harnden, who is a great guy, officiated. He marries all kinds of people."
Charlotte's other mom, Kathleen, explained the three all have the same hyphenated last name, Stanford-Baker, because they're "all one family."
Kathleen used the march to try out her bright red wig, short-shorts and retro roller skates. She's thinking about getting into roller derby.
Meanwhile, across the Stuart Park plaza, boyfriends Shain Gillick of Oliver and Thomas Claire of Kelowna, both 18, were garnering attention.
Shirtless, they'd smeared their torsos and faces with body paint in random patterns and colours.
On their backs, they'd painted "I'm with him," with arrows that pointed to each other as they walked hand in hand.
"I'm here to support us," said Gillick.
"I think the whole world, minus Russia (which recently passed an anti-gay law), is more accepting now. More countries than ever before allow gay marriage."
For Claire, the march was a coming-out of sorts.
"I've never been to one of these before and I wanted to change that," he said.
A flash mob broke out just before the march started, and then the crowd ambled over to City Park for some short speeches, a barbecue, stage performances and children's activities.
Organizer Wilbur Turner from Okanagan Pride Society said it was important to keep the day family-friendly because the event is open to gay couples with kids as well as straight couples who wanted to attend with their kids.
The Festival in the Park is also where Tommy Douglas, a.k.a. Tamara D., along with other well-groomed and well-costumed canines, pranced in the Pooches on Parade.
Sista B and the Boys, Luki Dance, drag queens Tara Bull and Iona Whip, and singer-actor-model-gay activist Chris Salvatore provided the entertainment.
Saturday night's Taste the Rainbow dance at LeVel nightclub was billed as "the event" of Okanagan Pride, featuring performance DJs, bartenders and reality TV star drag queen Willam.
Saturday was the last day of the festival, which started Aug. 10.
Earlier in the week, events included a Viva Las Pride wine tasting-go go boys-burlesque event at the Laurel Building, the Drag Competition at Actors Studio, Splash wine tour and dinner with Heart & Sol Tours, Soul Food, Transgender Day and Queer Art Exhibit.