Thousands of people gathered in downtown Ottawa on Sunday for the annual Capital Pride parade.
It marked the end of more than a week of LGBT pride celebrations that took place throughout the city.
Organizers said a record number of people signed up to take part in the parade itself, which this year returned to its former home in Ottawa's designated gay village on Bank Street.
After the parade, a smaller group of protesters walked to the Russian embassy on Charlotte Street to protest that country's stance on gay rights.
"We're deeply disturbed by what's going on in Russia," said Jeremy Dias, founder of Jer's Vision, which promotes and supports diversity among young people.
"For the first time ever you're seeing a G20 country going backwards on human rights. It's completely unheard of, it's shocking, and it's fundamentally disturbing. It's a reminder that human rights are transient, and at any point in time we can all lose them," Dias said.
Protesters asked to stay off embassy property
RCMP officers showed up and asked the protesters not to tie ribbons on the embassy gate or elsewhere on embassy property.
Instead, the protesters tied up ribbons close by.
Hannah Collins, the education co-ordinator for Jer's Vision, said she thinks the message still got through.
"We're still here and we're still being persistent, so we're tying ribbons around the embassy … I don't think it changes the message at all because [for]
everyone who just lives in the area or is just passing by, there's not a lot of difference between that gate and right over there. You'll still see them and it's definitely still very clear that there are people here who don't support what's going on in Russia.
"I think it's a little odd that you're not allowed to tie coloured ribbons. It's not at all a violent protest in any way. It's a very symbolic and it's a very passive movement to tie ribbons, which are very harmless, to a gate. So it seems a little odd," Collins said.