The light rain didn't stop over one million people from marching down Avenida Atlântica in Copacabana yesterday for Rio's 14th Annual Gay Pride Parade. From the top of one of the sixteen floats, the state governor Sérgio Cabral affirmed that "Rio will always be on the forefront of civil rights in Brazil," and said that he was sorry for the fact that there are still politicians fighting against gay rights: "People need to understand that if a man loves another man, that is their business and no one else's."
Rio's mayor Eduardo Paes guaranteed that the parade will receive more incentive from the government next year, when it celebrates its 15th anniversary. According to newspaper O Dia, the investment for 2010 may be of up to R$ 800,000, which is a significant number when you consider that the city spent a mere R$ 100,000 in the event this year. Just so you know, it is estimated that the parade brought in over R$ 45 million in revenue to the city last year.
Btw, Rio was just voted Best Global Destination at Logo's TripOut Gay Travel Awards. You guys better have already booked your tickets for New Year's and Carnival.
View pictures and watch a video of the parade in Copacabana after the jump.
I love the fact that someone decided to put their gladiator sandals to the test yesterday in the rain, with a swimsuit on.
Thanks to the MIB reader who sent me the pictures of the parade. If you attended any of the parties ,and would like to send me some pictures, the email address is on the contact link at the bottom of the page.