Do we folks have Pride Parade like you do in the United States and in the United Kingdom, with thousands of people turning out to say: "Yes, we're out, get used to it. We're here to stay?"
Yes, we do.
Porto Alegre will host this year's Pride parade on Sunday, October 25th, at the Redenção (as in Redemption) Park.
The park is a meeting point for rallies, protests and the like and this is also the place where porto-alegreans go on Sunday afternoons to chat with their friends and to enjoy their Matte tea.
Surely, it is nothing like the parades in São Paulo that attract millions, or to be rivaled with those of New York, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro (Rio's is on November 1st, this year) and in other major cities around the world, let us be honest. Nonetheless, the LGBT community is out in force, literally.
To give you an idea, the parade has become so popular that you will be hard pressed to find a place to stand amongst those old ladies and their grandchildren there to watch the extravaganza as it rolls by. Where else would you see scantily dressed young men and done-up trans and she-males on floats with music blaring to the nth decibel?
One nice thing I have noticed is that the number of young gay people, teens to early twenties, boys as well as girls, holding hands and skittering to and fro in the crowd. You would never have seen this 10 years ago. Times are changing. For the better.