This coming Sunday (June 29th), the event celebrates its 20th anniversary with lots of music, performances and parades, from 10am until 6pm, starting off at Masp, located at the iconic Avenida Paulista. This year’s theme, “Everyone Together Against Transphobia”, is for the passing of a bill called “Law of the Gender Identity” in Brazil, just as the country witnesses the rising of several religious and conservative political groups.
Even though the theme is a touching and very serious subject, the mood will be of pure joy, with several itinerant events – some of them secret – throughout the city. Here, we give you a list of the hot spots for the weekend:
The area around Avenida Paulista is the “gayest” in the city, and that’s where you’ll find the best options of restaurants to see and be seen. Café Urbe (Rua Antônio Carlos, 404) is the choice for the younger crowd, or for those looking for a quick bite to eat without spending too much. Try the caipirinhas made with tropical fruits, such as jabuticaba.
The Ritz (Alameda Franca, 1.088) is one of the most celebrated spots in the city and is frequented by the who’s who of LGBT community, with a cool and intellectual vibe. Try the Bolinho de Arroz, a hit on the menu.
On a more sophisticated note, Spot (Alameda Ministro Rocha Azevedo, 72) is the meeting point for celebrities and fashionistas. The penne with melon and ham is a classic on their menu.
On Saturday, one of the biggest celebrations in the gay world happens at the party Kevin, on Rua Álvaro de Carvalho, 380, in Downtown. Get ready to show off your biceps, triceps and a little more: in this party, taking off your clothes is not only allowed, but expected.
The Week is one of the most prestigious places of the gay scene in São Paulo. On the weekend of the parade, the club hosts international DJs such as Suri (Spain) and Eliad Cohen (Israel).
The Chilli Peppers (www.hotelchillipepper.com.br) is a male-only hotel, offering 7 different options for accommodations. The biggest attraction is the crowd around the pool, the sauna and in other social areas. The hotel is open 24 hours and won’t take reservations, but the walk-in booking allows for stays of 6, 12 or 24 hours.
This year’s event will be armed with five cameras spread across the parade to be broadcasted via the internet, and can be watched on São Paulo’s City Hall YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/prefeiturasaopaulo