1000’s of individuals marched Saturday in Paris included in the annual Gay and lesbian Pride parade, with security beefed up for that event just three days after a panic attack on the gay club in Orlando, Florida.

As much as three occasions more security — as many as a 1000 police officials and gendarmes — were mobilised to retain the route that were reduced this season in the usual 4.6 kilometres to 2 kilometres.

Motorcyclists draped in rainbow flags opened up the parade, others danced towards the beats of techno music as floats made their way in the quays from the Seine near to the Louvre, as well as on to put en Bastille.

Because the last Pride parade before France’s 2017 presidential election, organisers desired to help remind President François Hollande of his “damaged promises”, particularly in relation to medically aided fertility legal rights for same sex couples.

Several political figures required part within the march, including Minister of Culture Audrey Azoulay and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.

The big event, which ordinarily happens around the a week ago of June, also needed to be postponed as police sources happen to be extended for that 2016 Euro football titles being held across France.

Date produced : 2016-07-02

However this year’s festivities had special resonance following a attack on the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which stated the lives of 49 people on June 12.

“Three days following the attack, the Gay and lesbian community in Orlando organised rallies being an act of resistance. We have to not surrender to fear. We want more than ever before to reaffirm our visibility and pride within the roads,” stated Amandine Miguel, spokesperson for that Inter-Gay and lesbian association, organisers from the parade.

The theme for that 2016 parade highlights the transgendered community, individuals considered “most invisible” through the Gay and lesbian community, based on the Inter-Gay and lesbian association. “The legal rights of trans individuals are a sudden issue. Stop forced sterilisation and abuse,” announced one banner.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP

“After Orlando, we must reaffirm more than ever before the republican values of equality, tolerance and respect,” tweeted French Pm Manuel Valls.

“Our city will be a bulwark against homophobia because openness and tolerance are members of its DNA,” stated Hidalgo within an interview using the gay magazine Têtu on Saturday.

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