Gay Pride Festival in Buenos Aires

October 22, 2012 by

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Plaza de Mayo During the Buenos Aires Gay Pride Parade. Photo courtesy of loco085 via Flickr.

Plaza de Mayo During the Buenos Aires Gay Pride Parade. Photo courtesy of loco085 via Flickr.

With its reputation as South America’s most gay-friendly city and a pioneer of gay rights in the Latino community, it’s no surprise that Buenos Aires’ annual Gay Pride Festival is the hottest ticket on the gay calendar. Not only was the city home to South America’s first official gay group back in 1969, but Argentina made history as the first country on the continent to recognize same-sex marriages, giving festival-goers plenty to celebrate.

Since its first parade back in 1991, Buenos Aires has hosted an annual Gay Pride festival on the first Saturday of November, marked by a flamboyant parade starting from the city’s central Plaza de Mayo. Kicking off at 6pm, the march draws crowds in the tens of thousands and quickly descends into a riotous street party. Expect colorful flags unveiled from rooftops, vibrant makeshift ‘floats’ and crowds of outrageously dressed – or partially undressed – attendees, from ravishing leather-clad drag queens to glitter-smeared teenagers. In keeping with the Latino city’s hard-partying reputation, the festivities are celebrated with an evening of live music in Plaza Congreso before the crowds adjourn to the city’s clubs to keep the party going well into the early hours.

 - Zoe Smith

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