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11/17/2015 01:57 pm ET

Rio De Janeiro's LGBT Pride Parade Turns 20 In Spectacular Fashion

Blame it on Rio.
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Revelers from all over the world touched down in Rio de Janeiro this past weekend for the 20th anniversary of the LGBT Pride parade, and from the looks of these photos, the event was as epic as ever. 

The 2015 festivities began with a poignant tribute to the victims of last week's attacks in Paris, as well as those who died after two dams burst and caused a mudslide in southeastern Brazil earlier this month. 

"Despite the great joy we feel to be alive, we cannot forget the tragedy for those families who have lost their loved ones, just as so many of us have lost loved one too," one drag queen told Reuters.

Of course, there was plenty of sparkle amidst the anguish. Check out photos of the celebrations below!   

  • Revellers pose at the conclusion of the annual LGBT Gay Pride parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers
    Mario Tama/Getty Images
    Revellers pose at the conclusion of the annual LGBT Gay Pride parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded rights and protection from violence for those in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gey, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
  • A reveller poses at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded
    Mario Tama/Getty Images
    A reveller poses at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded rights and protection from violence for those in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
  • A reveller poses at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded
    Mario Tama/Getty Images
    A reveller poses at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded rights and protection from violence for those in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
  • Revellers gather at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded
    Mario Tama/Getty Images
    Revellers gather at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded rights and protection from violence for those in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
  • A reveller poses at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded
    Mario Tama/Getty Images
    A reveller poses at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded rights and protection from violence for those in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
  • A reveller poses at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded
    Mario Tama/Getty Images
    A reveller poses at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded rights and protection from violence for those in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
  • A reveller poses at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded
    Mario Tama/Getty Images
    A reveller poses at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded rights and protection from violence for those in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
  • Revellers pose at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded ri
    Mario Tama/Getty Images
    Revellers pose at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded rights and protection from violence for those in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
  • Revellers pose at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded ri
    Mario Tama/Getty Images
    Revellers pose at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded rights and protection from violence for those in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
  • A reveller poses dressed as President Dilma Rousseff at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, B
    Mario Tama/Getty Images
    A reveller poses dressed as President Dilma Rousseff at the annual Gay Pride Parade on November 15, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marchers called for expanded rights and protection from violence for those in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
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