Tokyo Parade Part 1

On Sunday I went to Tokyo with my friend and her mother to participate in the pride parade. The parade celebrates members of the LGBTQ community. I had never been to such a parade, but was excited to be part of a huge movement. I was amazed by the amount of participants, especially in Japan. There were thousands upon thousands of people arriving, people from all walks of life. Drag queens, straight people, gay people, young children and the elderly. Although there is still a large stigma against the LGBTQ community in Japan, the parade felt very safe and happy. Groups marched behind floats, organized nicely in certain themes. We were in the group of high school students. We were to walk around Shibuya and Harajuku, striping our rainbow colored gear and waving. It was amazing.

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