After a hiatus of two years, the Tokyo Lesbian and Gay Parade was back. The fourth Parade took place in Shibuya,
The final ceremony took place on the stage at to cheers, applause, tinsel, fireworks and bubbles, and - most importantly - to the promise roared in echo by the crowd of the Fifth Lesbian and Gay Parade next year.
Then, as if on cue, as the final words were said a clap of thunder sounded, and as the crowd dispersed the rain came down in buckets.
The streets will be closed to traffic and thronged with lesbian and gay revellers.
Tokyo and Lesbian Gay Parade 2006