I’m super ecstatic that Pride in Taipei occurred during my stay here! I’ve been to Pride in Atlanta and in Chicago and now I get to see Pride internationally — Woot! When I found out about the Pride Parade here, I envisioned floats and floats of hot and scandalously dressed Asian boys throwing free goodies at me.
Pride in Taiwan is the biggest in Asia, but unlike the in the States, it’s not about decorative floats sponsored by local businesses, clubs, or corporations driving down a street. It’s a parade for the people and by the people — you get to show your support by walking in the sea of joyous people who are celebrating LOVE. Personally, I like this idea a lot because I feel like I’m part of this great community and not just a bystander.
The parade starts at NTU Hospital MRT Station, passes Chiang Kai Shek, and loops back at Guting Station — I think its about 2 miles. It’s inspiring to see so many people participating and that Taiwan is open to such a taboo subject since Asian cultures are often very conservative.
Of course, I can’t help but take pictures with people and their awesome costumes!
At the end of the parade, people gather at the main stage to listen to the speaker talking about gay marriages. Only in fabulous Asia where people actually sit down — Best public mannerism I’ve ever witnessed!