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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.

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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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