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Half a million people celebrate gay pride at Rio festival

Half a million people Celebrate the annual gay pride at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro’s famous LGBT festival

IBTimes reports:

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Rio de Janeiro to take part in a week-long programme of activities led by the city’s LGBT community.

The event began on 18 November with the famous annual Rio Gay Pride Parade, which took place in the southern neighbourhood of Copacabana.

Though official figures are still to be received, around one million people were expected for the 17th edition of the Rio Pride Parade. The Copacabana Beach was packed with participants partying in wigs, body paints and spangles throughout the hot summer day.

Stretching across a 2.1km stretch of the Copacabana Beach, the 2012 Rio Gay Pride Parade featured techno music, DJs, drag queens, and about 20 carnival floats (trio eletricos).

The theme for the 2012 Rio Gay Pride Parade – ‘There is no prejudice in our hearts, but love instead’ – encapsulates the idea behind the march, which demands an end to all kinds of prejudice against LGBT people and advocates a more just and inclusive society that recognises equal rights for all, according to the event website.

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