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Paris Hosts Mother of All Gay Prides

Posted: Jul. 2nd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

While Americans overseas celebrate their small march towards progress, Gay Pride celebrants in Paris have a little more to cheer for. Marking the first month of marriage equality in France, this year's Gay Pride Paris was more massive than ever and featured some of the best music, decorations and entertainment to be found for miles.

Tens of thousands of people thronged the streets of Paris to mark the city's Gay Pride on Saturday, exactly one month to the day since France celebrated its first gay marriage.

To the sounds of techno music, the rainbow-decorated parade wound its way through the city centre to end at the Place de la Bastille.

For participants, this year's Gay Pride -- the first since President Francois Hollande signed a landmark gay marriage and adoption bill into law last month -- was something special.

"This year it's different. I definitely had to be here, I had to overcome the fear," said Martine, a 63-year-old Parisian, referring to the numerous, and sometimes violent, anti-gay marriage protests that took place in the months leading up the bill's signing into law -- and that are still continuing.

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