The 5th annual Shanghai Pride festival has seen the best attendance in the event’s history but participants were still not able to march.
Photo by Shanghai Pride Festival
The organizers of the 2013 Shanghai Pride Festival have reported the best turnout in the event’s history.
‘Pride5 was amazing,’ organizers wrote in an online statement.
‘We’d like to thank all our sponsors, individual donors, volunteers, and you for making it happen. For the past six months, we’ve busted our behinds for this and we can finally say all the blood, sweat, and tears were worth it.
‘The week long festival [was] participated [in by] more than 3000 guests - our highest turn out to date. The film festival, theater performances and panel discussions each had a full house crowd. The parties…well…I’m sure you know!’
Organizers hoped participants would return for Shanghai Pride 2014.
The 2013 Shanghai Pride opening party was attended by 1,500 people – double the number organizers had hoped for and the closing party on Saturday was held at a venue with double that capacity.
Participants did not try to march in line with government bans on public protests and three venues that had been booked for events during the festival cancelled after being contacted by authorities.
The biggest pride march to date in China was held in May in Changsha, Henan province, to march the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) and resulted in one of its organizers being held in detention for 12 days.
The Shanghai Pride Festival has continued to grow since being moved from October to June last year to take advantage of the warmer weather.