LGBTI people and allies took to the colorful streets of Shibuya today

Tokyo has celebrated equality for all with the annual Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade on 28 April.

Thousands of members of the LGBTI community and allies took to the streets of Shibuya Ward, in the capital of Japan.

The first Tokyo Pride was in 1994

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first LGBTI event in Tokyo. It was, in fact, 1994 when the first Pride took place.

Japan has come a long way since then. However, there is still no nationwide recognition of same-sex relationships, whereas some cities offer symbolic partnership certificates.

Be proud of who you are

TRP is believed to be the largest Pride in the nation. According to the organizers, 10,000 people were expected to take part in this year’s march, with more than 180,000 participating in the festival itself.

The theme for this year’s festival was I have pride aru ga mama o hokorō’. The slogan translates to ‘Be proud of who you are’.

This year’s Rainbow Pride Festival was sponsored by a record 278 companies and organizations.

With the assistance of Buzzfeed Japan, the parade also included signboards from LGBTI members living in the countryside who could no make it to the event but wanted to take part.

Take a look at more pictures of this year’s Tokyo Rainbow Pride below:

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