Gay Pride in Salvador da Bahia/Brazil
Last Sept.04th the city of Salvador has experienced an exemple of our local "Pink Power" strength with our 4th Gay Pride Celebration. It was simply a great "Carnival Day" with 300 thousands of people on the street celebrating the life and showing people how proud we're of being gay people. It was a day of parties, music and rhythmns everywhere, in all the places we could see happy people: at the bus stations, train station, bus stops and all the streets that give access to the main party concetration place at Campo Grande Square in dowtown.
There were few "TRIO ELÉTRICOS"( Huge trucks loaded with thousands of watts of sound equipments and topped with a band pounding out tunes with electric guitars, keyboard pianos, drums...and singers playing and singing all types of musics:Samba, Axé Music, Reggae, etc) on the streets specially on its gay pride itinerary that were Sete de Setembro Avenue and Carlos Gomes Street(well-known as a busy gay avenue in a recent past).
We could see drag queens, straight boys and girls, families with children and sure gay male & females enjoying the party all together in harmony and peace and putting all this people together has placed Salvador's pride as the 3rd biggest Gay Pride in Brazil right after Sao Paulo(The actual biggest of the world with 2 millions of people) and Rio de Janeiro(800 thousands of people). But the atmosphere was not only and simply a party atmosphere, many people has taken a chance to ask for the gay rights as Civil Partnership and anti-homophobic laws as well. Salvador has shown the respect all races, cultures and sexual orientations or at least we're trying to find our way on it... ;-)