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Huge parade celebrates gay pride in Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) – Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in Brazil’s largest city for its 22nd gay pride parade, considered one of the world’s biggest.

Waving LGBT rainbow flags in a Carnival like atmosphere, marchers have been parading down Sao Paulo’s skyscraper-lined Avenida Paulista to the beat of loud music blasting from some18 sound trucks.

This year the parade focuses on the general elections scheduled for October. The theme is: “Power for the LGBT. Our Vote, Our Voice.”

Revelers at the annual gay pride parade hold up a giant rainbow flag in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 3, 2018. This year the parade focused on the general elections scheduled for October, with the theme “Power for the LGBT. Our Vote, Our Voice.” (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

Claudia Regina is president of the gay rights group organizing the parade. She says the objective “is to alert the gay community to the importance of choosing its candidates carefully.”

Revelers fill the streets during the annual gay pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

Revelers fill the streets during the annual gay pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

Revelers kiss during the annual gay pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

Revelers kiss during the annual gay pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

Revelers in wheelchairs take part in the annual gay pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

Revelers in wheelchairs take part in the annual gay pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

Revelers extend a flag during the annual gay pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

Revelers extend a flag during the annual gay pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

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