will celebrate its second annual Gay Festival in November. The month-long Gay Festival
includes parties at venues throughout Bangkok and an exhibition of paintings by gay Thai
artists. The month-long celebration will culminate with Thailand's biggest Mardi
Gras-style parade on November 5, along Bangkoks Main Street, Silom Road.
years inaugural event attracted a crowd of about 40,000. This years event is
expected to draw hundreds of thousands of onlookers and three times as many parade floats.
The climax of the Festival will be a series parties at several discos and gay nightlife
spots in the Silom Road area following the parade.
purpose of the festival, say organizers, is to promote the important role of Asian gay men
within national and international communities and to unite gay power to defeat AIDS in
Although it has
not been extensively promoted outside Thailand, the Festival is attracting visitors from
North America, Europe, Australia throughout Asia, including numerous groups from
Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Hong Kong. Many of Bangkok's smaller gay-friendly hotels
are already sold out.
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