São Paulo Gay Pride Parade

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São Paulo Gay Pride Parade
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São Paulo LGBT Pride Parade of 2014
Date(s)Sunday after the annual holiday of Corpus Christi
Location(s)São Paulo, Brazil
InauguratedJune, 1997
Most recent23 June 2019
ParticipantsOver 5 million (2013)

São Paulo LGBT Pride Parade (Portuguese: Parada do Orgulho LGBT de São Paulo) is an annual gay pride parade that has taken place in Avenida Paulista, in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, since 1997. The 2006 parade was considered the biggest pride parade in the world at the time by the Guinness Book of World Records, and it typically rivals the New York City Pride March as the largest pride parade in the world.[1] In 2010, the city hall of São Paulo invested 1 million reais in the parade. The event is the second largest of the city, after only Formula One.[2] According to the LGBT app Grindr, the gay parade of the city was elected the best in the world.[3]

The Pride and its associated events are organized by the APOGLBT, Associação da Parada do Orgulho de Gays, Lesbicas, Bissexuais e Travestis e Transexuais, since its foundation in 1999. The march is the event's main activity and the one that draws the biggest attention to the press, the Brazilian authorities as well as to the hundreds of thousands of curious people that line themselves along the parade's route. In 2009, 3.2 million people attended the 13th annual São Paulo Gay Pride Parade.

The meeting point is at the Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo) right at the middle of São Paulo's postcard Avenida Paulista. Even though the meeting time is at 12 noon, the parade doesn't start to move before 2 or 3 PM. The parade is 2.6 miles long (4.2 km) and starts at Avenida Paulista (MASP), at around noon. It follows Rua da Consolação to the end at Praça Roosevelt, in Downtown São Paulo, at around 10 PM.

Strongly supported by the State and the City of São Paulo government authorities, the event counts with a solid[clarification needed] security plan. These are last year's[when?] numbers: approximately 2,000 policemen, two mobile police stations for immediate reporting of occurrences, 30 equipped ambulances, 55 nurses, 46 medical physicians, and three hospital camps with 80 beds.

The São Paulo Gay Pride Parade is heavily supported by the federal government as well as by the Governor of São Paulo and the city mayor. Many politicians show up to open the main event and the government often parades with a float with politicians on top of it. Caixa Econômica Federal, a government bank, and Petrobrás, Brazil's oil firm, have already reaffirmed their commitment to back up the event and its diversity, funding once again the event. In the Pride the city usually receives about 400,000 tourists and moves between R$ 180 million and R$ 190 million.[4]


LGBT people during the pride.
Trio Elétrico during the pride.

The first parade in 1997 gathered around 2,000 participants, according to the military police. The ninth parade gathered over 2.5 million people according to the police and 3 million according to the organizers.

The military police, which traditionally counts the number of participants at major public events, does not release its estimates for attendance at the parade since then, which caused the omission of the Parade from the 2008 issue of Guinness that requires official sources for records regarding attendance at events. According to the police, it would be impossible to count the number of people attending an event with a "floating population." There has been controversy about the exact number of participants.

Year Participants
Organizers Military Police
1997 2,000 2,000
1998 8,000 8,000
1999 35,000 35,000
2000 120,000 100,000
2001 250,000 200,000
2002 500,000 400,000
2003 1,000,000 800,000
2004 1,800,000 1,500,000
2005 2,500,000 1,800,000
2006 3,000,000 2,500,000
2007 3,500,000
2008 3,400,000
2009 3,100,000
2010 3,300,000
2011 4,100,000
2012 4,200,000 270,000
2013 5,000,000 220,000


Paulista Avenue in Gay Pride 2009
  • 1997 – "We are many, we are in every occupation"
  • 1998 – "The rights of gays, lesbians and transvestites are human rights"
  • 1999 – "Gay pride in Brazil, on the way of the year 2000"
  • 2000 – "Celebrating the pride of living diversity"
  • 2001 – "Embracing diversity"
  • 2002 – "Educating for diversity"
  • 2003 – "Building homosexual policies"
  • 2004 – "We have family and pride"
  • 2005 – "Civil partnership now. Equal rights! Neither more nor less"
  • 2006 – "Homophobia is a crime! Sexual rights are human rights"
  • 2007 – "For a world without racism, macho sexism and homophobia"
  • 2008 – "Homophobia kills! For a secular state de facto"
  • 2009 – "No homophobia, more citizenship – For the isonomy of rights!"
  • 2010 – "Vote against homophobia, defend citizenship" (*2010 is election year in Brazil)
  • 2011 – "Love one Another. Enough with homophobia"
  • 2012 – "Homophobia has a cure: Education and criminalization"
  • 2013 – "Back to the closet, never again! Union and awareness in the fight against homophobia"
  • 2014 – "A successful country is a country without homophobia. No more deaths! Criminalization now! "
  • 2015 – "I was born like this, I grew up like this, I will always be like this: respect me!"
  • 2016 – "Gender identity law, now! - All people together against transphobia!"
  • 2017 – "Regardless of our beliefs, no religion is law! Together for a secular state!"
  • 2018 – "Power to LGBTI+. Our Vote, Our Voice."
  • 2019 – "50 Years of Stonewall - Our Achievements, Our Pride to be LGBT+."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Revelers Take To The Streets For 48th Annual NYC Pride March". CBS New York. June 25, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017. A sea of rainbows took over the Big Apple for the biggest pride parade in the world Sunday.
  2. ^ Investments of the City Hall of São Paulo – LGBT Parade ‹See Tfd›(in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Grindr Awards For Gayest Cities, Beaches, And Marital Destinations ‹See Tfd›(in English) Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Number of tourists and money during the LGBT Pride of São Paulo ‹See Tfd›(in Portuguese)

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