Last weekend was all about celebrating our differences as Mumbai Pride March returned and took center stage.
A vibrant crowd adorned in a spectrum of colors, dancing to lively beats, waving rainbow flags, and cheering in unison - it was a sight the city had missed. After a four-year break, the Mumbai Pride parade was back on February 3, lighting up the streets with all the jazz, togetherness, acceptance, and love to share. The march began from August Kranti Maidan in Tardeo and went through Nana Chowk, Lamington Road, Opera House, Kennedy Bridge, and back to where it all began. Despite hurdles with police permissions and the pandemic, this all-inclusive parade, a champion of LGBTQIA+ rights since 2008, triumphantly returned to spread love and equality. Led by The Mumbai Queer Pride, The Humsafar Trust, and various LGBTQIA+ groups, the gathering showcased a joyous expression of unity and strength.
The best highlight of this year was the 'Gulab Mela,' orchestrated in collaboration with the youth-led initiative, Yaariyan, on January 28. This event showcased the inventive talents of young queer entrepreneurs, featured captivating performances by community artists, and offered diverse activities such as workshops, panel discussions, and sexual health awareness programs. The Pride March continues to serve as a crucial platform for advocating these important issues. It wasn't just a parade, it was a vibrant celebration and a powerful advocate of important issues that always need to be discussed and talked about. Like every year, the Pride March didn't lack in spirit this year as enthusiasm echoed through the streets. People of all backgrounds and ages came together with their infectious spirits to celebrate the community.
In case you missed the opportunity to join this year's Pride parade, here’s a glimpse!
Cheers to love, diversity and a lot more initiatives like these!
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