Filmmaker David Furnish to Lead Toronto Pride Parade

Elton John and David Furnish
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Elton John and his longtime partner David Furnish walk the red carpet at the New York benefit to raise money for their AIDS foundation.

Elton John's husband is returning to his hometown to serve as grand marshall of North America's largest gay pride event.

Filmmaker David Furnish is returning to his hometown to lead the 2015 Pride Toronto Parade on June 28 as the grand marshall.

"Toronto has always been home, and I’m proud and grateful for this opportunity to stand up for human rights and equality for all, as well as represent my home city," Furnish, who is married to Elton John and based in London, said in a statement.

Furnish, whose production shingle Rocket Pictures has locally shot projects like the animated feature Gnomeo & Juliet and the Canadian TV series Spectacle: Elvis Costello among its credits, will also host a private reception for the Elton John AIDS Foundation while in Toronto. 

John and Furnish met in 1993. Both have been active in a number of charities, with John focusing on efforts to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Touted by organizers as North America's largest gay pride event, Pride Toronto Parade each June brings over a million partygoers to view marchers and dancers and colorful floats moving through the city's downtown core.