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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gay Rainbow Matsuri Festival in Shinjuku Ni-Chome 2011

レインボー祭り 新宿二丁目 2011年



On Saturday, gay Shinjuku 2-chome, the main gay entertainment area of Tokyo, saw the advent of another very successful festival, the Rainbow Matsuri 2011.

Thousands gathered from 3pm on August 14 for the community spectacle, which was focused on traditional drumming and dancing troupes that entertained the huge crowd that lined the streets both to watch it and participate in it.

Traditional dress in the form of yukata summer robes, kimono, geta clogs, and, for the performers, festive happi coats were very much in evidence, as well as the less traditionally Japanese drag queens spotted here and there.

The weather favored the parade with an afternoon that was hot but not overly so, and close to blue sky.

See the YouTube video above for a glimpse of just how very gay an afternoon it was (and please excuse some iffy patches of sound).

Read more about the history of the Tokyo Gay Lesbian Pride Parade

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