São Paulo Gay Pride (officially La Parada do Orgulho GLBT de São Paulo) is an annual pride celebration that colors the city streets every year in June. São Paulo Gay Pride first started in 1997, with roughly 2,000 participants, but it is now recognized as the biggest Pride Parade in the world, attracting an estimated three to five million participants each year. This makes it hands-down South America's largest Pride, with the Guiness World Records even claiming it as the World's Largest Pride from 2006 to 2016. Dating app, Grindr, has also elected it the best Pride in the world, so really is there any reason not to attend?
Every year, São Paulo Gay Pride comprises an incredible pride parade which travels down the Avenida Paulista, and usually takes place on the Sunday after the Corpus Christis holiday. While the first pride gathering took place in 1997, the first São Paulo Gay Pride that was officially organized by APOGLBT – (Pride Association of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transexuals) transpired in 1999. The organization's continued motivation comes from a collective fight for a more just and inclusive society that recognizes equal rights and condemns any form of discrimination based on age, orientation, gender, or race.
On top of the Pride Parade, there are a range of LGBTQ-related activities and events which take place during São Paulo Gay Pride. In fact, while the official schedule runs for five days, things start happening in the city three weeks before the final weekend. Expect everything from concerts, dance performances, fairs, street markets and queer-related debates and plays. So whether you like the idea of engaging in some queer-related entertainment, or you're already set on attending the São Paulo Pride Parade, there is always something for everyone at São Paulo Gay Pride. So do you think you've got the stamina to make a go of Gay Pride São Paulo? We hope so!
For full details on São Paulo Pride 2023, be sure to check out the official event program. Happy Pride!