Lesbians, gays, bisexuals express their thoughts, beliefs and freedoms celebrating pride parades. Moreover celebrating it they assert their rights as well. In many countries it is still forbidden to get married a partner of the same sex. In some countries pride parades are forbidden in general. Take Russia as an example. Thus the pride parade was banned for the next hundred years in Russia. It shows “… that the Russian government remains behind the times”.
The starting point of pride parades was Stonewall riot when lesbians, gays and bisexuals were rioting police raids on the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Many of them preferred to hang out at the bar of the Inn and police raids were common at the time. So demonstrating against those raids they fought for their rights. People wanted to be open about their choice. No one wanted to be arrested for the sexual orientation. By the way the riot took place on June, 28, 1969. That’s why many pride parades are held in the summertime.
One of the most famous and popular pride parades is held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The first pride parade took place in the Netherlands in 1996. The most popular part of the event is so called the Canal Pride when participants are celebrating the parade on boats. Moreover the Dutch politicians participate in the parade regularly.
One of the largest pride parades in Europe is held in Cologne, Germany. It lasts about a week and takes place annually.
The biggest pride parade was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2006. Moreover the pride parade is supported by the Government. The parade has been holding since the 1990s. As in the Netherlands in Brazil politicians participate in the parade. The parade also is held in Rio de Janeiro and is believed to be the second biggest pride parade in the world.