Coming up: Sao Paulo - Gay Pride Parade 2016
The Sao Paulo Gay Pride is an annual parade which has been organized in the city centre of Brazil's largest metropolis since 1997. Gay pride or LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
The Sao Paulo Gay Pride is usually held mid-May, the date for 2016 is scheduled for 29th of May.
In several cities in the world, gay pride events are organisedand range from solemn to carnivalesque. The Sao Paulo Gay Pride is considered the biggest and best gay pride parade in the world. The event is the second largest of the city, after the Grand Prix Formula One Brazil. In 2016 Sao Paulo sees already the 20th edition.
The Sao Paulo Brazil Gay Pride Parade (Parada do Orgulho Gay de Sao Paulo, Brasil) and its associated events have been organized by the APOGLBT – Associacao da Parada do Orgulho de Gays, Lesbicas, Bissexuais e Travestis e Transexuais since its foundation in 1999.
The event has grown from 2,000 participants in 1997 to almost 4 million people at the last edition.
Pride themes are usually related to the political debate on gay rights and citizenship. At the Sao Paulo Gay Pride of 2013 (Parade on Sunday 2 of June), a year where the gay community was trying to consolidate its many victories on marriage and same-sex rights in Brazil, the theme was: "Back to the closet, never again! Union and awareness in the fight against homophobia".
The Sao Paulo Gay Pride is not only the actual parade but a long weekend, usually in June each year, which also includes debates on gay related themes, cultural fairs, concerts and secondary festivals throughout the month. The march is the event’s main activity and the one that draws the biggest attention from the press, the Brazilian authorities and hundreds of thousands curious people that align themselves along the parade’s route.
The meeting point for the parade is in front of the Museum of Art of Sao Paulo (MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo), right in the middle of Sao Paulo's main drag Avenida Paulista. The official meeting time is at 12 noon but the area will be packed by participants and bystanders from early morning. Furthermore, the march itself does not start to move before 2 or 3 pm.
The focal points of the parade are the 25 or so themed floats, called Trio elétricos, which provide loud dance tunes and have dressed up people dancing on top.
The event is heavily supported by the federal government as well as by the Governor of Sao Paulo and the City Major, both by physical presence as by supplying a solid security plan. Many politicians show up to open the main event and the government parades with its own float, having local and national politicians on top of it.
The Sao Paulo Gay Pride Parade is 4.2 km/ 2.6 miles long and it takes the Rua da Consolação and finishes at Rooselvelt Square, in downtown Sao Paulo around 10 pm.
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