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Latino Daily News

Sunday June 3, 2012

Mexican Gay Pride Parade Draws 30,000 Attendees

Mexican Gay Pride Parade Draws 30,000 Attendees

Photo: Sharenii Guzmán

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Thousands of people and about 30 floats took part in Mexico’s 34th Gay Pride Parade in the capital, where a concert marked the end of the event.

The parade started at the Angel of Independence Monument and wound its way through Mexico City’s streets on Saturday.

The Tourism Secretariat estimated that at least 10,000 people attended the event, while the Federal District’s Public Safety Secretariat released a preliminary estimate of more than 30,000 paradegoers.

The theme of this year’s parade was “¡Educacion formal de la sexualidad ya!” (Formal Teaching of Sexuality, Now!).

The parade featured music, people in colorful outfits and dozens of rainbow flags on the capital’s streets.

Mexico City Tourism Secretary Carlos Mackinlay welcomed those attending the parade, calling for gender equity policies, tolerance, openness and democracy, the goals pursued in the Federal District in recent years.

Marchers shouted slogans during the parade in favor of respect for sexual diversity.

The band OV7 and more than 30 other artists performed in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s largest plaza, at the end of the parade.