Streets in Tokyo's Shibuya and Harajuku districts will be flooded with rainbow flags -- the universal symbol of the sexual minority -- this Saturday during the 6th Tokyo Pride Parade.
The Tokyo Pride Parade (TPP), the former Tokyo Lesbian and Gay Parade, is the largest event of its kind in Japan. Last year's TPP drew over 3,800 participants and spectators from home and abroad, and 200 volunteers helped out to make it a great success.
This year's TPP, which marks the launch of the support by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, expects some 5,000 participants and spectators to enjoy a variety of festivities, including the flamboyant parade, symposiums, a flea market, live music, dance performances, and food/drink stalls.
The parade, which starts at 3:30 p.m. at Yoyogi Park Event Square, will march down to the intersection in front of Shibuya City Office, Koen Dori (Park Avenue) in front of Parco Department Store, Meiji Dori, Omotesando, Meiji Shrine, and back to Yoyogi Park.
Admission to the parade is open and free to the public. Those who want to march in the parade are required to register in advance at the Yoyogi Park Event Square between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Date: August 11 (11 a.m.- 6 p.m.). The parade starts at 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Yoyogi Park Event Square as well as streets in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts.
The 6th Tokyo Pride Parade
August 7, 2007