BackSociety » [Video] The Colorful Exuberance of Saigon's VietPride Parade 2019

[Video] The Colorful Exuberance of Saigon's VietPride Parade 2019

If you were hanging around downtown Saigon last weekend, you would have noticed crowds of revelers dressed in lavish costumes or rainbow-themed attire on their way to the city’s annual Pride event.

Last Saturday, September 14, members of the LGBTQ community in Saigon and supporters congregated on Nguyen Hue Walking Street for an afternoon full of activities and vibrant self-expression. The gathering was part of Vietnam’s annual VietPride event. This year marked the country’s eighth Pride event, since the first-ever Pride parade took place in Hanoi in 2012. This year's main message of VietPride is "Công khai và tự hào" (Open and Proud).

While the event was nothing like the boisterous extravaganzas of similar events in San Francisco or even Taiwan, the proliferation and growth of VietPride show how much Vietnamese society has progressed within the span of a few years. Just 10 years ago, it was unimaginable that such open festivities showing support for gender-queer Vietnamese would gain this level of widespread recognition.

Along with the Pride parade, from late August until September 14, Saigon’s LGBT-friendly organizations also conducted talks, workshops and discussions to raise awareness of health issues, provide counsel for at-risk LGBT youths, and connect the city’s young residents.

Missed out on the Nguyen Hue march? Here’s a special video by Saigoneer about Saigon’s annual VietPride:

Video by An Du.

Related Articles:

After Taiwan, Vietnam Among Asia's Most Progressive on LGBT Rights

Q&A: Former US Ambassador Ted Osius on Vietnam's LGBTQ Community

The Bachelor's Happy Queer Romance Is the Positive Representation That Vietnam's LGBT Community Needs

Related Articles

in Society

5 Vietnamese Universities Crack Top 400 Schools in Asia: QS

Five Vietnamese universities were included in this year’s QS Ranking (Quacquarelli Symonds) for Asia. However, their positions are rather humble compared to their regional counterparts.

in Society

After Alleged Hacking, Hanoi Online Poll on Wartime Loudspeaker Reopens

The saga surrounding Hanoi’s wartime loudspeakers is more complicated than meets the eye.

in Society

Banana Leaves Make Glorious Comeback in Supermarkets Across Vietnam

After straws, Vietnam’s anti-plastic movement now has a new target: plastic grocery wraps.

in Society

Ben Tre Businessman Gives Former Convicts, Addicts New Lease on Life

After reading his job posting in the local newspaper, many people thought Kieu Thanh Tam had lost his mind: “Help wanted: ex-convicts and drug addicts who want another chance at life.”

in Society

Catching 'Em All in Saigon: Pokemon GO Brings More Than Old School Nostalgia to Vietnam

One of my colleagues threatened to ban Pokemon GO in the Saigoneer office after he saw me catching a Pidgey, a bird-type Pokemon, at our desk.

in Society

Chasing Pavements: In Defense of Saigon's Sidewalk Economy

As Doan Ngoc Hai, the leader of Saigon’s most aggressive sidewalk-clearing campaign in recent memory, takes a brief hiatus, headlines about towed cars and demolished buildings often obscure the r...