True to form, thousands turned out to see the Gay Pride Parade in Porto Alegre.
After a rainy Saturday which kept most everyone wringing their hands and worried that oh no, we're going to have to postpone the event, the sun rose early on Sunday morning to greet the parade watchers.
No different than the previous years, the event was a huge success.
It was two o'clock in the afternoon when the park started filling up. At first, a small set of MC's in drag ready to get the show on the road. From a trickle to a barrage of people eager to take part in the fun, the park filled up unrecognizably.
The straight crowd watched sheepishly and with curiosity the commotion that was to take place. I could have sworn I detected a touch of self-consciousness in them.
The usual do's and acknowledgements, clad in garish and sometimes downright gaudy attire, but carrying their dresses gracefully, the performers did their best to impress.
With the Rainbow flag unfurled and waving in the air, people had a sense of accomplishment about them. It was beautiful to watch gay and lesbian couples holding hands, marching to the beat of the latest disco hits and enjoying their day.
Surely, the odd spoilsport was on hand to cast malicious comments on the whole affair but that was not enough to dampen the spirits of those who want to have another world in which love and understanding, justice and equality for all is freely available.
Yes to Rights! No to Violence!