Thousands celebrate in Rio's gay pride parade on Copacabana

People dance under the LGBT flag during the Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
Brazilian singer Valesca Popozuda attends the Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
A man dances during the Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
People protest against Rio's Mayor Marcelo Crivella during the Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
People attend the Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
People dance during the Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Thousands of revelers danced on Copacabana beach Sunday to celebrate Rio de Janeiro's annual gay pride parade despite deep funding cuts by the city.

Mayor Marcelo Crivella offered no city funding this year, but organizers said they were able to finance festivities with the support of private businesses and organizations.

In 2016, the city funded 50 percent of the parade, which costs around $200,000 to put on.

Sunday's celebration featured dozens of Brazilian artists performing on trucks traveling down Copacabana beach.

Despite its reputation as a liberal country, Brazil has some of Latin America's highest rates of violence against gay and transgender people.

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