Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pride Celebrations Throughout the World !!

Here are a few images of PRIDE celebrated throughout the world. For those of you who do not know what PRIDE is, it is an event celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture. Parades, special events, and festivals are usually held with crowds of people dressed in there best PRIDE attire. The events are also sometimes held as demonstrations for legal rights such as same sex marriage. Most PRIDE events are held annually and usually take place during the month of June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal moment in the modern LGBT rights movement. Enjoy :)

Two men ride a motorcycle down Market Street during the annual gay pride parade in San Francisco, CA. The annual parade draws 100s of 1000s of people to downtown San Francisco to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride.

This friendly pair holds up a rainbow umbrella and flag at the Tokyo Pride Parade in Japan. The year, August 2011, will mark the parade’s 10-year anniversary.

A parade goer, donned in a cheetah mask and feathers, poses prior to the start of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade in Australia. The March event -- which includes a parade, dance parties, fair and drag races -- is one of Australia’s biggest events, generating more than almost $30 million for the state of New South Wales each year.

Participants in Paris’ annual Gay Pride Parade hold a sign which reads, “The family is all together.” Gay pride events recognize diversity within LGBT community including gay parents and their families. Up to a half million people march to the rhythm of techno music.

A lesbian couple hugs as they take part in the annual Gay Pride parade in Paris, France.

Each year thousands of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people walk down Paulista Avenue for the annual Gay Pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The parade attracts up to 3 million people, and it is the city’s second largest event after Formula One, a popular race car driving event.

A group of women pose for the camera during a Gay Pride celebration in Madrid, Spain. Gay Pride Madrid, a 4-day event, is usually held the last week in June or the first week in July.

Some people go all out for Gay Pride. Take a look at these people at the EuroPride parade in central Madrid. They show their pride by painting their bodies the colors of the rainbow flag.

A parade float commemorates the Stonewall riots, which erupted after the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on New York City’s Christopher Street. The riots launched the gay-rights movement, and gave birth to the annual march which now includes 170 floats, 1000s of marchers, supporters and spectators.

The Dutch LGBT community participates in the annual Gay Pride parade through the canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The city’s Gay Pride celebration, held for a week in August, includes separate parties and events for lesbians. Amsterdam’s liberal reputation is one of the reasons why it’s a top travel destination for 1000s of gays and lesbians.

There’s something for everyone at Barcelona’s Gay Pride. Event organizers pack dozens of events into the 10-day celebration, including Pride Kids. The 2-day event is set up to provide children with the opportunity to play games and sports, and to participate in fun workshops and other activities.

People in Berlin take Christopher Street Day (CSD) seriously. This woman celebrates Pride by dying her hair rainbow colors and shaving the letters C-S-D into her head. Germany and Switzerland call their Gay Pride event, CSD, in memory of the uprising of LGBT people against police assaults on NYC’s Christopher Street in 1960s.

A group of men dance on top of a float during the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin, Germany.

A man holds up a rainbow flag during Queer Azadi Mumbai aka Queer Freedom Mumbai, an annual parade to rally supporters for gay and lesbian rights. People in Mumbai, India, march to support the gay rights movement and gay pride in January.

Drag queens get dolled up to participate in the annual Gay Pride street march through central London, England. The community, celebrities, floats and performers are all part of London’s Gay Pride celebration, making it the UK's largest gay and lesbian festival.

The camera catches a gay couple sharing a special moment at Gay Pride in Toronto. Since the 1970s, Pride Toronto has grown to attract over a million people for the 3-day festival. The first economic impact study in 1996 showed that Pride tourists spent more than $46 million in Toronto.

All images were provided by www.travelchannel.com.

Peace Love and Rainbows,

Rinagrace

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