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Vallarta Pride 2016, ready for the rainbow of diversity

The rainbow will shine in Puerto Vallarta from May 16 to 29 with the fourth edition of Vallarta Pride 2016 under the slogan “We are one family.”

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Transvestite, Intersex and Queer (LGBTTIQ) festival expects to receive 15,000 attendees this year from various states in Mexico as well as Canada and the United States, who will enjoy a varied program of activities.

Such activities include the International March Against Homophobia, which will be held on May 17 from the Sheraton Buganvilias to Los Arcos on the Malecon in centro, as well as theater cabaret “Tramoyanas” on May 18.

Also screenings from the International Film Festival for three days will celebrate the creativity of the LGBT community, on Calle Muelle, Friday, May 29.

According to the Vallarta Pride organizers, the program includes a sample of community art as well as a marriage ceremony at sunset, a fashion show and Drag Derby contest.

In previous years, Vallarta Pride has held commitment ceremonies, however this year will be the first Vallarta Pride where same-sex marriage is legal in the State of Jalisco, home to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Pride Vallarta will offer on May 25 a Health Fair in the Park Lazaro Cardenas, where information will be provided on basic preventive medicine and medical exams for people in the community.

In 2015 the festival received between 15 and 18 thousand visitors, which meant an increase of tourist influx in at least 30 percent compared to 2014.

NTX / TLV / MCC

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