'Pink pride' parade returns with bigger ambitions
Called off last year due to a lack of funding, the Hong Kong Pride Parade will return in November and promises a bigger turnout than before, organisers say.
The city's biggest celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture begins at 3pm on Saturday, November 12, the organising committee said on its website.
The estimated 2,000 participants, dressed typically in pink, will meet on East Point Road, Causeway Bay. The parade will then move along Hennessy Road to Southorn Playground in Wan Chai, said Connie Chan, chief director of the committee.
The expected turnout is somewhat larger than the 1,800 who took part in the event two years ago.
'After we postponed it for a year, many people from Hong Kong, the mainland, and even Taiwan kept asking us the date of Pride this year, expressing their wish to participate in it,' she said.
The date was arranged to be close to the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, which would run between November 18 and December 1, and the Taiwan Pride on October 29, she said.
The Pride Parade, which carries the slogan 'for queer, for love, for equality', was cancelled last year because the four groups that organise it could not find the HK$140,000 they needed.
This time the Women Coalition of HKSAR, Rainbow of Hong Kong, Nutong Xueshe and Gay Harmony have been in discussions since May, their preparations starting earlier than in previous years.
They have proposed this year's budget to be HK$150,000, and will begin to deliver posters and leaflets for the event early this month to promote the event and to raise funds.
Chan admitted that the money raised so far was far under budget, but said fund-raising was still at an early stage and they would talk to private companies about sponsorship. She remained confident funds would begin to flow in.