As one can imagine, the march is the event’s main activity and the one the draws the biggest attention to the press, the Brazilian authorities as well as to the hundreds of thousands of curious people that align themselves along the parade’s route.
In 2008, 1,2 million people attended the 13th annual Rio de Janeiro Gay Pride Parade. Rio de Janeiro is Brazil's most beautiful city and South America’s most visited by gay tourists. The event is the third most important in the city's calendar, after New Year's and Carnival. The event is known to bring big tourism dollars to the city with projected earnings of US$ 50 million in revenue, according to Brazilian tourism authorities.
The meeting point is at the Posto 6 which is located near the Forte de Copacabana, or if your not familiar with it, close to the Rio Sofitel Hotel. It's right in the confluence of Ipanema and Copacabana. The parade will take place at the Avenida Atlantica along Copacabana Beach and will end at Posto 2, in the proximities of the famed Copacabana Palace Hotel. Even though the meeting point is at 1 PM, the parade doesn’t start to move before 2 or 3 PM.
TIP: Don’t miss the warm-up. Get there as early as you can. Have fun with the many shows put on by DJ’s, Drag Queens and their carnival-like outfits, music concerts and much more.Arrive early and enjoy the beach while warming up.
The parade is 1,3 miles long (2,1 kms.) and it's all along the Copacabana Beach. So, take the opportunity to get a tan while partying.
Strongly supported by the State and the City of Rio de Janeiro government authorities, the event counts with a solid security plan. Supported by Petrobras, Embratur and many other private companies, the parade counts with approximately 1,000 policemen, two mobile police stations for immediate reporting of occurrences, 10 equipped ambulances, 55 nurses, 46 medical physicians, three hospital camps with 80 beds.
TIP: Avoid the use of illegal substances as well as the high consumption of alcohol. The majority of the occurrences are related to drugs and alcohol abuse.
We are expecting approximately 20 trio eletricos to guarantee the music and the voice of the event. Representing NGOs, unions, the government itself, the floats are of all kinds. Last year’s highlights are the trio reserved for individuals with special needs and to honor the victims of HIV / AIDS, which closed the event, parading empty with nobody on top of it.
The Rio de Janeiro Gay Pride Parade is heavily supported by the federal government as well as by the Governor of Rio de Janeiro and the City Major.
Many politicians show up to open the main event and the government not rarely parades with a float with politicians on top of it. The Ministry of Tourism as well as Petrobras, Brazil’s oil firm, have already reaffirmed their commitment to backup the event and its diversity, funding once again the event.
Asked about gay adoption and benefits for gay partners, Lula approved them and commented that many municipalities and states in Brazil have already approved such measures. He also said his presence at the recent National Conference on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Travestis, where he stated that "homophobia" is the most perverse disease impregnated in the human mind. "
"Why didn’t the politicians who are against (homosexual adoption and benefits to homosexual partners) reject the votes [of homosexuals]?" Lula asked. "Why doesn’t the Brazilian State refuse the income tax they pay?"