Faces in the proud: Meet the marchers at St. John's Pride 2017

As marchers took to the streets of St. John's for the annual Pride parade, CBC asked the participants: "What does Pride mean to you?"

Marchers took to the streets and told CBC how important Pride is to them

Marchers took the streets of downtown St. John's on Sunday for the annual Pride parade. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)

As marchers took to the streets of St. John's for the annual Pride parade, CBC asked the participants: "What does Pride mean to you?"

Jayne Manning. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)

Jayne Manning: "I'm bisexual, so I like to march in the parade because I'm represented. I've got family who are gay, I've got friends who are trans — it's nice to see how everyone gets to be represented and everything's just more accepted."

Justin Tobin. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)

Justin Tobin: "Pride means representation, and it means moving forward from a past where we weren't so easily accepted, and now today we're here, and we're proud, we're LGBTQ, and we're celebrating it."

Jenna Simms, left, and Shakira Brinson. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)

Jenna Simms, left, and Shakira Brinson: Brinson: "It's to celebrate who you are and be colourful, be happy."

Simms: "Be accepted, feel a part of something."

Denise Rees. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)

Denise Rees: "I'm very happy to be able to be part of this. God made every one of us, and he made us as we are. He loves every one of us. He made us in love."

Paddy Healey, left, and Stephen Dunn. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)

Paddy Healey, left, and Stephen Dunn: Healey: "It's really good to be here. It's really awesome, and I'm having a good time." Dunn: "I'm so excited. It's my first time marching in the parade … my first time with my uncle. I feel really, really excited."

Melanie Stewart, left, and Camila Chavez. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)

Melanie Stewart, left, and Camila Chavez: Chavez: "It means having the chance to be openly yourself at least once a year. Coming from the Dominican Republic, things are very different back there. We don't really have Pride. So this is one of the only chances in my life to be in a crowd of people that accept me, where I can be myself for once."

Stewart: "I'm from Newfoundland, but I just came home from another country where I was teaching. I loved it, but I couldn't be out there. I couldn't be really proud. I couldn't be open about the fact I live with my partner. So for me it's just the visibility. To be who I want to be and be that comfortable."

Zena Sophia, second from right. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)

Zena Sophia (second from right): "It means a lot. It means, to me, freedom, really. Being gay and whatnot is so hard when you're not out and when your family's hard. When it comes to understanding and you come out and everybody's just so understanding, it's so much easier."

With files from Andrew Sampson