The capitals of Poland and Romania hosted festive gay pride parades that attracted thousands of people Saturday, as emboldened participants vowed to keep pushing for the eventual freedom to marry the person of their choice. A party-like atmosphere prevailed at the parade in Warsaw as people waved rainbow flags and danced. Some had signs and T-shirts with messages of tolerance or sass, including one of Russian President Vladimir Putin holding a rainbow. The celebratory mood could not be subjugated even though same-sex marriage has no real chance of being legalized under Poland's current conservative government. "The worse the political atmosphere, the better the atmosphere at the parade," observed Michal Niepielski, 55, a radio technician from Krakow.
June 9 / Arizona Daily Star