The Pride parade yesterday in the city broke all previous records, with an estimated 3.5 million people on the streets. The party began around 1 pm at Avenida Paulista, and lasted until about 9 pm at Consolação.
Not only did the parade register the largest number of people, but it also registered the largest number of theft and crimes ever in the history of the parade. The police was not set up to contain the large crowd. Compared to the parade I saw five years ago, I was thrilled to see that it has become such an important event for the city, but disappointed that it has become a street Carnival with people falling all over the place because of drugs and alcohol abuse. People do get tweaked out in New York during Pride, but nothing like I saw yesterday. In all honesty, I would have been ashamed to have taken my family to see it. Perhaps that is the reason why this year also marked the smallest percentage of families attending the event. These are just some thoughts I think need to be considered for next year, and from what I have read so far this morning many people share the same feeling.
My one piece of advice when it comes to what Gay Pride has become in São Paulo: come to the city for all the parties (anything organized by The Week is superb).