Last Saturday, I was invited by friends at Google to participate in the 10th Taiwan LGBT Pride parade held in Taipei! To my knowledge, this is the second parade for the year (first one in Kaohsiung, south of Taiwan) and another one will be held in Taichung, central Taiwan.
It was very exciting. So many people came out for the event and all dressed up. A famous Hong Kong actress/singer, Gigi, came to support the event too!
The central gathering is located at one of the corners of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Everybody was divided into 6 groups: Green, Blue, Purple, Yellow, Orange, and Red (of course) and split down to two paths.
Google’s cheerleaders were fantastic. During the entire event, which lasted at least 5 hours, they were energetic, doing stunts as we walked, constantly rally the people around them and offered free hugs!
Two interesting buildings I saw along the way. One uncommonly TALL aboriginal-themed and the other one reminds me of Up (animated film), ha!
This is creative. This is actually two of the same character, 喜, side by side to form 囍. The character 喜 (“shee”) means happy and when people get married, we combine the characters to symbolize both the happy event and the two people that are marrying. Even to this day, we would have red cutouts of the combined characters, big and small, and use them to decorate the newlywed’s place. It’s a great representation of same-sex marriage.
Lastly, it wouldn’t be a parade without a rainbow dragon! Though the guy holding the rainbow “pearl of wisdom” is cool too.
For more information about this event, you can click into Taiwan LGBT Pride Community (there’s a link for English at bottom of page) or Wikipedia – Taiwan Pride. Though the English version in Wiki is only updated up to 2011.