Pride Guide

São Paulo Gay Pride

By: Jase Peeples

The 15-year-old Sao Paulo Gay Pride parade brought 4.5 million people on Sunday, June 26th.

The celebration was marked with political speeches in favor of criminalizing homophobia and assaults on participants.

Parada_2011_km_027 Electronic music drummed away and incited a ritual-like atmosphere that dominated the celebration’s anniversary.

The first Gay Pride event in Brazil took place in São Paulo in 1996 and by 2005 crowd numbers reached 1.8 million.

By 2007, 3.5 million people were in attendance—making the event the largest of its kind in the world.

In addition to the parade, the annual party also organizes debates, seminars, concerts, and lectures furthering goodwill and education withing the LGBT community.

For all the details check out the event’s website.