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LGBTQ Pride Parades

 

Pride parades (also known as pride marches, pride events, and pride festivals) are events celebrating and affirming lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) culture and raising awareness of LGBTQ issues and concerns. The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage. Most pride events occur annually, and many take place around June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, a pivotal moment in modern LGBTQ social movements.

 



Many parades still have at least some of the original political or activist character, especially in less accepting settings. The variation is largely dependent on the political, economic and religious activity of the area. However, in more accepting cities, the parades take on a festive, or even Mardi Gras-like, character. Many have a party-like atmosphere. Some parades may include elements that are not entirely appropriate for minor children.

 

 

Large parades often involve floats, dancers, drag queens, and amplified music.  They also include marchers carrying flags, signs, and banners and participants throwing beads into the crowd. Some include celebrities, marching bands, motorcycles, skaters, and acrobats. But even such celebratory parades usually include political and educational contingents, such as local politicians and marching groups from LGBTQ institutions and organizations of various kinds.

 

 

Other typical parade participants include local LGBTQ bars and clubs, organizations that provide specialized services to the LGBTQ community (support groups, clinics, LGBTQ centers), LGBTQ-friendly businesses, local LGBTQ-friendly churches (Metropolitan Community Churches, United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist Churches), Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), LGBTQ student organizations from local colleges, and LGBTQ employee associations from large businesses.

 

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Even the most festive parades usually offer some aspect dedicated to remembering victims of AIDS and anti-LGBTQ violence. Some particularly important pride parades are funded by governmental agencies and corporate sponsors, and promoted as major tourist attractions for the cities that host them. In some countries, some pride parades are now also called Pride Festivals. Some of these festivals provide a carnival-like atmosphere in a nearby park or city-provided closed-off street, with information booths, music concerts, barbecues, beer stands, contests, sports, and games.

 

 

The 'dividing line' between onlookers and those marching in the parade can be hard to establish in some events. However in cases where the event is received with hostility, such a separation becomes very obvious. There have been studies considering how the relationship between participants and onlookers is affected by the divide, and how space is used to critique the heteronormative nature of society.

 

 

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