In the 16th march of its kind in Sao Paulo, participants danced through the four hour parade, but brought with them a more serious message: End homophobia. The message of this year’s event was “Homophobia has a cure: Education and criminalization”.
One gay rights activist marching in the parade, told BBC News: “There are 190 million Brazilians and not all gay people have come out. This is a great parade and a great event, but there is still a lot we have to do to fight against homophobic violence. Fortunately Sao Paulo is one of the few cities where people show us a little more respect.”
Police were on hand for the event, but no major incidents were reported.