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Gay pride revelers in Brazil pack Copacabana Beach

Sunday, October 13, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro’s famed Copacabana beach has been packed with tens of thousands of revelers taking part in the city’s annual gay pride event.

A hot tropical sun beamed down on Sunday’s flamboyant and loud procession.

Felipe Dana, AP
A man dances, left, as people carry a rainbow flag during the annual Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

Rio Pride

Felipe Dana, AP
People participate in the annual Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday.

Rio pride

Felipe Dana, AP

Participants in Carnavalesque outfits danced as trucks outfitted with enormous speakers blasted driving electronic music.

Rio’s pride parade isn’t Brazil’s largest. That distinction belongs to the event held in Sao Paulo. But the gathering arguably the country’s wildest, taking place in a city that throws its arms open wide to any event offering a glitzy show.

Organizers say it’s not just a party, though. They want to raise awareness about violence committed against gays and to reinforce lessons about safe sex among those taking part in the parade.

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25 more reader comments:

  1. i am happy to hear that

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 12:02am
  2. Wish I was there!

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 12:03am
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    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 12:05am
  4. Now THATS a party!

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 12:08am
  5. Some day. I gotta get down there. Some day.

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 12:38am
  6. want to be there:!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 1:03am
  7. WOW

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 1:27am
  8. what a beautiful place to go and be proud so much beauty to see….

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 1:54am
  9. WOW!!! That’s INCREDIBLE! Wish we were there!

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 3:21am
  10. That’s where I got robbed. It is still a beautiful place and I’m glad they are having fun!

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 3:58am
  11. Yeah... That is quite common in Rio.

    Replied on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 3:49pm
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    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 4:25am
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    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 5:58am
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    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11:13am
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    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 12:10pm
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    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 12:28pm
  18. do (we) not just revel in grandiosity fabulosity….

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 12:44pm
  19. They’ll be cleaning semen off the beach for months.
    Like an oil spill.

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 2:25pm
  20. That’s gotta be a colorful event!!

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 2:26pm
  21. Pround of being brazillian.

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 3:50pm
  22. I HAVE to get there one year for this party!

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 7:00pm
  23. It’s a fabulous party. Of course they’re gonna show their colors. You go guys!

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 7:26pm
  24. Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 9:20pm
  25. sounds like fun

    Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11:05pm