The annual Tokyo Gay Pride Festival took place this weekend in Shibuya. For the first time since 2007, the Tokyo Gay Pride Parade returned as part of the festivities.

The Gay Pride Festival was held at the event space on Shibuya Koen Dori near Yoyogi Park. Starting Saturday morning, there were live performances by various Pride-supporting groups on the stage, as well as informational booths and tasty food on the event grounds. The booth participants included a group of international banks catering to the GLBT community in Japan, Google Japan displaying really cute t-shirts, many magazines – including The Big Issue, Amnesty International and other rights groups, and the Japanese fashion and eyeglass brand Less Than Human.

Tokyo Gay Pride Parade 2010

At around 3:00 p.m., attention turned from the stage and booth area to the parade. According to the organizers, more than five thousand people were expected to participate in this year’s Tokyo Gay Pride Parade. We didn’t count all of them ourselves, but the parade seemed bigger than the 2007 parade. This year’s parade route wound its way down Shibuya Koen Dori, turned left at Parco, left again at Meiji Dori, then went all the way down to Omotesando Dori and finally turned left toward the starting point near Yoyogi Park.

Besides the thousands of people who came out specifically to join in the fun and support the event, there were many Tokyo locals enjoying the festivities, along with Japanese and foreign tourists who just happened to find out about the parade as it noisily passed them by. They say that everyone loves a parade – and judging by the fun that the crowds along the route seemed to be having, we think this very true for the Tokyo Gay Pride Parade. Rather than try to explain any more, we’ll just show you the pictures and let you see what you missed!

Click any of the pictures to see them in high resolution…

We’ve posted more pictures at the Tokyo Fashion Flickr page if you’d like to see even more Tokyo Gay Pride fun.

If you are interested in attending next year’s Gay Pride Festival or participating in the 2011 Tokyo Gay Pride Parade, the official website is here.

22 Comments

  1. Tokyo Gay Pride looked more awesome than the gay pride I went to in Birmingham, England! I’m not gay but I heavily support the GLBT community! :D Looks like everyone had fun! ^-^

  2. Ah! Thanks for the pictures! It was so colorful! I wish I’d be able to be there someday ^^

  3. I am so happy to hear that people in the world have express to be on the same weavelength fighting for rights. Tokyo Gay Pride demonstrated a great exemplo of courage to show faces and defend the human rights.
    In Brazil we had more than 3.5 million people doing the same in a big party. I am sure this spirit will spread out around the globe until everyone be respect as human being.
    Let’s the party starts!

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  5. Just a quick note that the official English name is the “Tokyo Pride Parade”, not Gay Pride. That way it makes it clear that it also includes lesbians, bisexuals, trans and other sexual minorities.

    Great pics!

  6. tokyo

    Thanks for the clarification on the name of the event, Baa! The event definitely was inclusive to all of the groups that you mentioned and more! Thanks to everyone else for the comments as well! :-)

  7. nicolanthon

    why does it say in one pic “sex less than human”?

  8. tokyo

    nicolanthon – Less Than Human is a well known (in Tokyo at least) Japanese eyewear brand and they had a booth at the Tokyo Gay Pride event.

  9. I think see some Swedish text in the 4th picture! If I’m correct then the text on the girl’s tshirt means “Hug Me”.

  10. This makes me proud to be lesbian. :) I get a lot of shit at my high school (where I’m a freshmen) and my family is embarrassed by my sexuality, but: I’M A LESBIAN AND I’M PROUD!! :D

  11. Love the swedish on the tee! Krama mig = hug me ^^

  12. Anybody knows when the tokyo gay pride parade will be held this year 2011? thanks a lot

  13. On the official website it says there will be no parade this year, but next year it will be on August

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  15. Hi! I write the popular lesbian blog Butch Wonders at http://www.butchwonders.com. I am trying to put together a Pride Project in which I document Pride celebrations all over the world. But I really need help finding people in Asia! Do you have a mailing list or Facebook page that might allow me to get in contact with people? You can check out my site at http://www.butchwonders.com for more information. Thanks for your time! BW

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