Salvador’s Gay Parade is Today

Things begin on a stage set up in Campo Grande at 11 a.m., and the parade proper is set to begin moving down Avenide Sete de Setembro to Praça Castro Alves from 3 p.m.

The cortege’s opening will feature Brazil’s national anthem sung by wonderful Juliana Ribeiro, and up front of the parade will be Alberto Pitta’s drumming troupe Cortejo Afro. So far so great!

The parade these past years though has unfortunately attracted substantial crowds more interested in the mayhem aspects of partying, including plenty of ruffians and pickpockets (to be Dickensian about it; the reality is less politely evocative).