As I mentioned in my previous post on the day of Gaj Jatra festival one more event takes place in Kathmandu - Gay parade. "Kathmandu Pride is the premier pride parade and festival for LGBT residents in Nepal. It was first launched by the Blue Diamond Society, an LGBT rights organization, in 2001, but most participants wore masks to prevent being identified by suspected homophobic people; in addition, the parade was purposefully scheduled to coincide with the Gai Jatra festival.
It gradually discarded masks over the years, and officially went "international" for participation by tourists and foreign ambassadors in 2010." Wikipedia
This year's marked the fourth annual Pride parade, it’s only since the fall of the monarchy in 2008 and the election of a constituent assembly that gay rights activists have had a voice in the country.
It was the first time I ever watched a Gay parade. Have to say that it was fun: music, dancing, jokes. Some were dressed in ordinary outfits, some wore traditional costumes and others - extravagant dresses. One time someone poured water on the demonstrators from the window but it didn't spoil the merry mood, everybody just laughed.
Hope in my photos I managed to catch the atmosphere of the event.