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Sao Paulo has the world’s biggest gay Pride

We check out this stunning and surprising Brazilian city

Sao Paulo has the world’s biggest gay Pride
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Sao Paulo Pride

Possibly the biggest and most spectacular gay pride festival in the world is held each year in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The date of the event is the Sunday after the annual holiday of Corpus Christi. In 2017 this fell on 18 June.

Beyond the parties, Sao Paulo – affectionately known as Sampa – is a fantastic cultural melting pot. Greater Sampa has nearly 30million inhabitants and is the economic and cultural heart and centre of South America. The old down-town area, called simply Centro, boasts fantastic art-deco buildings and skyscrapers, including architectural gems like Neimeyer’s Copan or the breath-taking BANESPA retro-skyscraper which sports an amazing view from its top floor restaurant.

Centro also has its gay scene which caters for a more mixed, traditional crowd as well as Latin America’s biggest bear community, largely clustered around Largo do Arouche Streett, and Avenida Doutor Vieira de Carvalho Street.

You should also visit the Liberdade neighborhood, home to the biggest Japanese community outside of Japan, with road signs in Japanese and Portuguese and lots of places to eat delicious and affordable sushi.

Bella Vista is the Italian quarter, while the Jardims neighbourhood is the posh shopping area, with a fantastic array of boutique shops, restaurants, bars, and cafés.

Here’s some photos that caught our eye from recent Pride celebrations:


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