I really had not planned to attend Marche de Fiertés, the Paris Pride Parade. I absolutely hate big crowds and this is one of the largest anywhere. Estimates ranged from 700,000 to a million participants. I had been wandering around the area near my apartment, trying to dodge the rain and looking for something interesting to photograph in a protected area. Hah! That plan went right out the window. I’d found a 20 piece string ensemble playing under the arcades of Place des Vosges, but they soon packed up like they had someplace else to go. Maybe a parade?
So I continued my wandering in the direction of the Bastille and the parade route, thinking I might as well see if I could get close. Reaching Place de la Bastille I found the whole area closed to traffic with police everywhere blocking pedestrians from the roadway. Looking up Boulevard Henri IV towards Île Saint-Louis I could see the parade was headed my way. I got into position to take some photos and from that moment on I was hooked. I’ve never seen so many people in one place ever, and they all looked to be having a great time despite the rain.
Since there were sometimes gaps in the parade I took the opportunity to change my location, walking backwards towards the rear until I finally reached the left bank and the parade’s end. Enjoy the rain splattered photos. Clicking on any will give you a larger photo and allow you to view all in a scrolling carousel.
4 thoughts on “Marche de Fiertés 2014”
This was so fine. I never could have followed this parade in the rain as afar as you went. I loved the faces and the shots of fabulous shoes. Everyone seemed to be have so much fun. And it was so colorful despite the weather. You captured the feelings.
Anyone who goes on a march in shoes like those has my respect.
what a great costume the person with the wings is wearing!
Do you mean the big butterfly? It looked like it took a lot of strength to manage, but was wonderful to see.