12 Incredibly Colorful Photos From Brazil's Gay Pride Parade

This year's theme was "There is no prejudice in our hearts, but love instead."

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1. The 17th annual Rio Gay Pride Parade took place Sunday at Copacabana Beach.

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His sign reads, "I have the right to be gay and to be a Christian."

2. The theme was "There is no prejudice in our hearts, but love instead."

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According to an article by the BBC, "266 people were killed in Brazil last year because of their sexual orientation," and so in addition to fostering a sense of community and pride, the parade is also intended to raise awareness of the real problem of homophobia in Brazil.