Thousands took to the streets of Sao Paulo for 26th Gay Pride Parade after two years of virtual events due to coronavirus.

This year the Pride march was called Vote With Pride and was back in full swing in the Brazilian city.

Claudia Garcia, president of the LGBT charity running the parade, said: ‘After two years without in-person editions, it is an immense pleasure to return to the streets and reinforce to the public its responsibility to support representatives who are committed to a more just and egalitarian Brazil

People attend a march through Paulista Avenue to celebrate LGBTQ+ rights during the annual Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 19, 2022. REUTERS/Carla Carniel

Aerial view of revelers taking part in the 26th Gay Pride Parade which theme is Vote with Pride  for a policy you represent, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 19, 2022. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

Aerial view of revelers taking part in the 26th Gay Pride Parade which theme is Vote with Pride for a policy you represent, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 19, 2022. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

A reveler takes part in the 26th Gay Pride Parade which theme is Vote with Pride for a policy you represent, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 19, 2022. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

A reveler takes part in the 26th Gay Pride Parade which theme is Vote with Pride for a policy you represent, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 19, 2022. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

A reveller holds a rainbow flag during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

A reveller holds a rainbow flag during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Revelers pose for a photo during a march through Paulista Avenue to celebrate LGBTQ+ rights during the annual Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 19, 2022. REUTERS/Carla Carniel

Revelers pose for a photo during a march through Paulista Avenue to celebrate LGBTQ+ rights during the annual Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 19, 2022. REUTERS/Carla Carniel

A couple kiss during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

A couple kiss during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Thousands of participants march during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Thousands of participants march during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

A reveller dances during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

A reveller dances during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

A reveler takes part in the 26th Gay Pride Parade which theme is Vote with Pride  for a policy you represent, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 19, 2022. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

A reveler takes part in the 26th Gay Pride Parade which theme is Vote with Pride for a policy you represent, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 19, 2022. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

A dog takes part in the 26th Gay Pride Parade which theme is Vote with Pride  for a policy you represent, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 19, 2022. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

A dog takes part in the 26th Gay Pride Parade which theme is Vote with Pride for a policy you represent, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 19, 2022. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

‘That is why in our campaign we endorse the need for attention with the upcoming elections.’

Organisers added: ‘In its 26th edition, São Paulo’s LGBT+ Pride Parade is back in defence of a fundamental theme: vote with pride – for a policy you represent.

‘The event takes place on June 19 and reaffirms the commitment to the fight against any type of discrimination, in addition to promoting respect for diversity and the construction of affirmative policies for the LGBT+ population.’

A reveler wears a mask during a march through Paulista Avenue to celebrate LGBTQ+ rights during the annual Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 19, 2022. REUTERS/Carla Carniel

A reveler wears a mask during a march through Paulista Avenue to celebrate LGBTQ+ rights during the annual Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 19, 2022. REUTERS/Carla Carniel

Revelers take part in the 26th Gay Pride Parade which theme is Vote with Pride  for a policy you represent, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 19, 2022. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

Revelers take part in the 26th Gay Pride Parade which theme is Vote with Pride for a policy you represent, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 19, 2022. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

Thousands of participants march during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Thousands of participants march during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

A reveler poses for a photo during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

A reveler poses for a photo during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

A reveler poses for a photo during the annual Gay Pride in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

A reveler poses for a photo during the annual Gay Pride in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Revelers dance during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Revelers dance during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Although same-sex marriage has been legal in the country since 2013 there are few laws protecting the LGBT community.

People also face negativity and Brazil has one of the highest LGBT murder rates in the world.

Sao Paulo’s Pride march is one of the largest in the world with millions going each year.

The city is also home to the biggest gay club in the Americas, called The Week.  

epa10022990 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr

epa10022990 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr

epa10022989 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr

epa10022989 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr

epa10022994 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr

epa10022994 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr

epa10022991 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022.  EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

epa10022991 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

epa10022999 General view of the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022.  EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

epa10022999 General view of the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

epa10022988 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022.  EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

epa10022988 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

epa10022997 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022.  EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

epa10022997 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

epa10022995 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022.  EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

epa10022995 Participants enjoy the Gay Pride parade, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2022. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.



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