Over 3 Million People At São Paulo Gay Pride

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Official numbers haven't been released yet, but it is estimated that 3.2 million people attended the 14th Annual São Paulo Gay Pride Parade yesterday at Avenida Paulista.

According to São Paulo Turismo or SPTuris, Gay Pride is the event that brings the largest number of tourists to the city, with over 400,000 national and international tourists in town for the weekend, spending approximately R$ 827 each.

More pictures of the parade and links after the jump.

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For more pictures of the 14th Annual São Paulo Gay Pride Parade, visit UOL, Terra, and G1 SP.For pictures of the parties, check out Vipado and ParouTudo.

I did not attend a single Pride related event this year, but I've heard from friends that the parties were a lot less crowded than in previous years. I have read very few reports about theft and violence at the parade so far, so hopefully things are starting to take a new direction at the parade in terms of public security. Fyi, the city spent R$ 1 million at the event this year, and only R$ 600K last year.

If you attended the parade or any of the parties this weekend and would like to share your pictures or videos with other Made In Brazil readers, feel free to email me.

Comments

Hope u get more vids and pics

I have mixed feelings about this. In terms of money and in terms of media attention, this is extremely good.

But we also have to face the fact that the gay rights movement was put to the side and this event became just another carnival. People go to the parade without even identifying or agreeing with the movement. This is bad.

I don't know how these two things even out, but I would like to see some effort to bring out the roots of the gay rights movement back to this event.

I can't tell you how much I'd have loved if there was someone dressed as Waldo in the crowd. xP

I agree with Lucius 100%! Although the money and media attention is great we must not lose sight of what PRIDE is all about. We must remember our brothers and sisters before us that fought hard for us to have these liberties today. Stonewall became the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement not only in the US but all over the world.
We must also remember that while we are free to enjoy, celebrate and rejoice in our gay pride that there are still many places around the world where our gay brothers and sisters must hide or risk being prosecuted or even killed because of who they are.
Too all my gay brothers and sisters I say Happy Gay Pride!!!

Love, Light and Peace,
Horacio

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