The organizers of the Taipei Pride Parade have announced this year’s route, with two major changes from previous years.
First, they have changed the starting point. Almost every year, the parade starts at Ketagalan Boulevard (a large traffic circle near a park and the national government building) but that is now the ending point. It will start this year at City Hall, using Sun Yat Sen park as a place for people to gather, and proceed to Kegatalan Blvd. It’s not a problem in terms of physical space needed as Yixian Road by City Hall is quite wide. But people may end up going to the wrong place if they don’t pay attention to the announcements.
Second, this year will be a single route, though most of the 5.5km route is along Zhongxiao Road, the largest east-west road in the city. Two years ago, it was split into two routes, and last year into three. Are they expecting a drop in attendance because marriage equality is now law? Not bloody likely. I hope the decision is only based on how much traffic flow was impeded.
Kegatalan is where the marriage equality protest was held two years ago. An estimated 250,000 people showed up.
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