Pride at a Glance
The Hong Kong Pride Parade 2016
Date: November 26, 2016 (Saturday)
Gathering Time: 2:00pm
Gathering Venue: Victoria Park (Near Causeway Bay MTR Exit)
Route: Victoria Park (Starting Point)—>Edinburgh Place (Finish Point Assembly: performance and exhibition booths)
Theme: Get set, go for equal rights!
The theme of the Hong Kong Pride Parade 2016 is "Get set, go for equal rights!" Green light is used as the symbol to express this theme.
The green light, widely used as the signal for "GO", was devised for the railway system in the 19th century. Homosexual acts were being classified as criminal at the same period coincidentally. The "little green man" on traffic lights has directed the way for countless pedestrians over the past centuries. In recent years, Governments of Vienna and London have even been replacing the “little green man" with LGBTQ symbols at the cities' pride parade to show support to the local sexual minority communities.
In Hong Kong, there has been so many "red lights" on the path towards LGBTQ equal rights. We believe voicing out loud for equality would help turning the red lights to green, and by delivering our message, we shall be able to engage a bigger crowd to join us.
Time has come again for us to fight against discrimination. The Equal Opportunities Commission announced early this year that more than half of Hong Kong citizens, in which more than 90% are young adults, are in support of enacting anti-discrimination laws for sexual minorities. The citizens of Hong Kong have spoken, who is there to stop the red light from turning green?
Let us gather on 26 November at the Hong Kong Pride Parade 2016, help switch on the green light for Hong Kong to become a city without discrimination. We are all set to go for a path that is equal to all.
The Theme Visual: The Dashing Bull
The theme for this year's pride parade is "Get set, go for equal rights" with sub-theme "speak out for breakthrough". The road towards equality is filled with barriers and red lights. Equality does not simply fall from the sky but is gradually earned through our unremitting efforts. A very important part of the fight for equality is to speak up. We use the Dashing Bull to represent every Hong Kong citizen who tirelessly fights for equality.
Origami Origami ("ori" meaning "folding" and "gami" meaning "paper) is a form of art originated from China, and is then spread to other parts of Asia and eventually to the world. A piece of paper can be folded into anything and everything. The most fascinating thing of origami lies in the fact that each fold has an unique effect and each product would be slightly different. The 2015 Hong Kong Pride Parade hopes to make use of this year’s mascot, the origami giraffe, to convey the message of uniqueness, diversity, acceptance, equality, the embracement of different cultures, and the advocacy for LGBT rights.
Dress code: Naughty Green
The dress code for Pride Parade 2016 is Naughty Green.
"鬼馬"(gwai2 maa5) is a Cantonese slang representing a blend of playfulness and wittiness. As such, it is most suitable for describing this year's pride parade – a joyful force of resistance connected with love. Under the strange climate that overshadows Hong Kong nowadays, the individuals in LGBT community have relied on optimism and dexterity to courageously live out their lives.
Since 2013, Hong Kong Pride Parade has begun to use the six colours of the pride rainbow to echo with the dress codes. This symbolizes our fight for equality – although not immediately achievable, it is the place we have been steadily marching forward to.
This year, we invite you to dress in your most creative naughty-green costumes to express your true and yet unique colours.