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Paradise Pride… by the beach in Copacabana!
Rio Gay Pride or Orgulho LGBT Rio as it is know in Brazil, is promoted by Rio-based Grupo Arco-Íris de Conscientização Homossexual, or the Rainbow Group for Homosexual Awareness, a non-governmental organization whose mission is to join people committed to advancing awareness of diversity and to help build a world without sexual prejudice and discrimination.
In the Rio de Janeiro LBGT Pride Parade, “trios elétricos”, or sound-wired trucks, make their way along the Copacabana beach while people party and dance on and around them. Visitors gather from 12 noon at Copacabana’s Posto 5, on the south side of the beach, near Ipanema.The parade ends as it reaches cross-street Av. Princesa Isabel.
Don’t miss the warm-up. Get there as early as you can. Have fun with the many shows put on by DJ’s, Drag Queens and their carnival-like outfits, music concerts and much more.Arrive early and enjoy the beach while warming up.
The parade is 1,3 miles long (2,1 kms.) and it’s all along the Copacabana Beach. So, take the opportunity to get a tan while partying.
There are lots of street parties, and all the gay bars and clubs hold events and parties to celebrate this huge week long Pride, everyone seems to get into the spirit of things, wearing brightly coloured costumes and dancing in the streets with a caipirinha in hand.
The gay bars and clubs in Rio are quite spread out, and you will probably need to take taxis to and from them, we have picked hotel that keep you central to the shopping and the beaches in nice and safe areas that have a good rating, hotels tent to be expensive in Rio and normally you have to pay for internet, this is our pick, Rio Your Apartment, Caesar Park Ipanema, Copacabana Palace Hotel, Windsor Atlântica, Rio Your Apartment 2, Porto Bay Rio Internacional
Gay Map of Rio
Most of Rips gay bars are located in Ipanema and Copacabana. Ipanema’s gayest nightspot is on the beach block of Rua Teixeira de Melo, next to Farme.
Along Copacabana beach there is a traditionally gay-friendly area known as Bolsa, near Lido. Hustlers are pretty much part of the scene, and you should keep a good hold on your wallet
Recommended Hotels in Rio
We recommend that you try and grab a beachfront room if your budget will stretch that far! 4 star hotels offer great value but book fast. The newer 5 star hotels in Rio are some of the most opulent in the Latin America.
Great Beach Views
Facing Copacabana Beach, within a 5-minute walk from Ipanema Beach, this hotel features free Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool.
Rio Othon Palace
5 Star Service
Next to Copacabana beach, Rio Othon Palace features a rooftop pool with excellent views of the Sugar Loaf Mountain
3 Star – Central Location
Prime location, Atlantis Copacabana Hotel is just a 5-minute walk to both Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches