A much-needed piece of news for LGBT+ people living in Saigon, Vietpride – Vietnam’s gay pride parade, will celebrate its first comeback after a 2-year hiatus. The big parade will be held on Saturday, 1st October 2022 this week. The event is free and open for all to join without the need for registration.
For this year’s Vietpride, the theme is “No mold fits all”, which encourages an escape from gender norms and stereotypical understandings of sexualities and relationships.
Image Credit: Vietpride
Vietpride 2022 will officially begin on 1st October at 1 pm and is divided into two parts. The first is titled Big Event – an opening ceremony for the whole parade with musical performances from artists such as Cece Trương and Phương Vy, as well as drag performances by local drag queens.
Head over to the 3rd floor of Kim Đô Hotel – 133 Nguyễn Huệ, District 1 to watch the show. The event is free to enter for everyone and will last from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Afterward, join the colorful parade in the Pride Walk event – which will take place across the entire street of Nguyễn Huệ from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Image credit: ICS Center
Alongside the events is a group minigame titled “Find the Secret Factor”, organized in many prominent locations around District 1. Participants in this event will have to solve a variety of cyphers, puzzles, as well as challenging group activities to have a chance at getting a prize at the end. However, spots for the game are fully booked for this year.
Video credit: Vietpride
Vietpride has been one of the major events for LGBT+ movements in Vietnam for the past 10 years. Having been on hiatus for 2 years, this year’s parade is looking to be an exciting event as well as an excellent time to make new friends.
It doesn’t matter who you are – as this is a free experience worth a visit, join it if you can for a wonderful time!
For more information about the event, check out Vietpride’s Facebook page.
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Cover image adapted from: Hanoi Pride
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