A much calmer rainbow flag-raising than one year ago, when reporters chased after Mayor Rob Ford, asking him if he smoked crack-cocaine.
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly received cheers as he walked up to the podium to help members of the LGBT community at the ceremony to make International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Some in the crowd chanted "Norm" over and over again, while some organizers took subtle shots at Ford. Some said there's change in the air, others pointed out there was no opposition to the flag raising.
Kelly says the quips weren't surprising given the history between Ford and the event.
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam says she believes this event will be a turning point for the city, moving away from the divisive nature of Ford over the past few years.
City Hall will be lit up with rainbow colours on Friday night.