World record: 3 million march in Sao Paulo

By |2018-01-16T16:23:34-05:00June 21st, 2007|Uncategorized|

Three million people took part in the 11th gay pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 10, making it easily the world’s largest such parade ever.
The president of the Sao Paulo Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transvestite Parade Association, Nelson Matias Pereira, said the march down Avenida Paulista aimed to confront homophobia, machismo and racism, according to the Agencia Brasil wire service.
Marchers included the mayor, the governor and the federal sports and tourism ministers.
The official attendance figure was provided by police. Last year, 2.5 million people turned out.
According to the BBC, 70 other Brazilian cities also have gay pride parades.
The day before the march, about 1 million evangelical Christians staged an anti-gay “March for Jesus.”
Reports said one participant, Christian pastor Andre Fabiano, used a public-address system mounted on a truck to chant, “Vade retro, Satanism! Vade retro, homosexuality!” — a paraphrase of a medieval exorcism formula.

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