Last month, the Tokyo Rainbow Pride organisers made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Pride celebrations in Yoyogi Park due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. The weekend event, scheduled to take place on April 25 and 26, usually involves the annual 3km Pride march, which drew a record 200,000 participants last year.
Not all is lost, though. Determined to honour the spirit of Rainbow Pride, event organisers will now be hosting the festival online, so participants can tune in for free and watch live talks and share Rainbow Pride messages and photos on social media.
The online Pride 'parade' will take place on April 26 from 1pm-4pm. You can participate by posting on your own social media accounts using the hashtags #TRP2020 and #Pride. Alternatively, you can also submit your photos and messages in advance using Tokyo Rainbow Pride’s online form to have your submission included in the event’s live-stream on the day. Tokyo Rainbow Pride encourages you to submit brief messages, a photo of you in Rainbow Pride attire, a photo of you holding a sign, or photos of art pertaining to Tokyo Rainbow Pride.
Live talks by two Pride representatives and special guests will be broadcast on both April 25 and 26. Information on the time and platforms for tuning into the talks will be announced soon. For more information, check Tokyo Rainbow Pride's official website.
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