Go on board to a float in the middle of this event full of colors, sounds and shouts. Don’t be shy and smile. As a band of percussionists, we were invited to play at the Gay pride this summer. I was never in one of these events before, I have to admit that I missed really something.
Everybody is happy to be here: people completely disguised (or perhaps they were not disguised at all) for this day, DJs playing beats on floats to make the bottoms move, visitors looking for the feeling of a party, or just kids with mummy and daddy curious of what is going on here.
The departure is annouced, we take our instrument, get on our float, and here we go. The audience follows the sounds we produce behind the vehicle. After 20 minutes of brazilian music, we take a pause. People still walk behind us, waiting for our restart. What a calm… When our band leader asks us to play again, at the first note, everybody around starts screaming and dancing. A drag queen comes on board of the float to exhibit his choreography and the audience is really excited. Further, another batucada band is also playing. This afternoon is really amazing.
Three hours later, we arrive to the end of the journey. This day was a really good surprise. The daily worries were forgotten for a couple of hours. My LC-A+ is completely satisfied. The only drawback is that I can’t shoot and play at the same time.
I promise, my dear, to go back to the gay pride next year.