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Hong Kong LGBT protesters say city lags behind in gay rights

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's streets were a sea of rainbow flags on Saturday as protesters marched in the city's annual gay pride parade to call for equality and same-sex marriage.

Taiwan crowds march in Asia's biggest gay pride parade

Taipei - Tens of thousands marched in Taiwan's capital Saturday in Asia's biggest gay pride parade, with many hoping presidential elections next year bring to power a pro-gay government that will legalise same-sex marriage.

Driver in deadly Oklahoma crash faces murder counts

Washington - The driver of a car that barreled into a parade-watching crowd in Oklahoma, killing four people and injuring dozens more, has been charged with four counts of second-degree murder, police said.

Four dead after car smashes into U.S. parade crowd

Washington - A speeding car crashed into a crowd watching a parade in Oklahoma, killing four people, including a two-year-old boy.

Satellite images show scale of planned North Korea parade

Pyongyang - Satellite imagery from North Korea shows it has amassed hundreds of trucks, armoured vehicles, troops and horses for a massive military parade to mark Saturday's 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party.

Little girl braves barriers to deliver migrant message to pope

Washington - As Francis drew nearer and nearer in his open-sided popemobile and the crowd in Washington whooped, squealed and quivered, the little girl with black pigtails spotted her chance.

Aide to New York governor shot in head before Brooklyn festival

New York - An aide to New York's governor was critically injured early Monday when he was shot in the head, apparently at random, as he walked to an event in Brooklyn celebrating immigrants from the West Indies.

Tale of two parades as ordinary Chinese barred from display

Bejing - It was the best of shows, it was the worst of shows: as 12,000 troops and hundreds of tanks and missiles rolled through Tiananmen Square in front of invited guests and foreign leaders, ordinary Beijing residents were barred from watching.

China's anti-ship missile, troop cuts highlight 'shifting power'

Bejing - China's unveiling of "carrier-killer" missiles and cuts in troop numbers on Thursday underlined a shift towards naval strength amid growing Pacific rivalry with the US, analysts said.

China cuts military manpower, but showcases strength at WWII parade

Bejing - China announced it would cut 300,000 troops to streamline its vast army Thursday, at a spectacular WWII anniversary parade where it put its military might on display but pledged to work for world peace.

Communist Party takes star role in China's war parade

Bejing - The undoubted star of China's giant military parade marking 70 years since Japan's World War II defeat -- and countless television shows on the conflict -- will be the ruling Communist Party, celebrating a victory historians say was largely won by othe...

China's WWII military parade a show of strength

Bejing - Soldiers will march, gleaming hardware will roll, and warplanes will fly above Tiananmen Square at China's WWII anniversary parade, but major Western leaders are shunning the show as Beijing assumes an increasingly assertive role on the global stage.

Major Western leaders shun China WWII military parade

Bejing - From Belarus to Vanuatu, China on Tuesday issued a list of world leaders attending next week's huge military parade to mark Japan's defeat in World War II that was notable for its absences.

Carnival spirit begins in Ibiza ahead of start next week

Ibiza - Ibiza is beginning to get ready for the Ibiza Carnival that starts later this week, promising to be as big and lively an affair as always with masks, dancers, costumes and street parades.

Germany charges 10 over deadly 2010 Love Parade stampede

Berlin - German prosecutors said Wednesday that 10 people have been charged with negligent manslaughter and causing bodily harm over the 2010 Love Parade stampede in which 21 people were killed.Those charged are four staff of the techno music festival organiser...

India celebrates Republic Day, president warns on corruption

New Delhi - India marked its Republic Day on Sunday with a parade of military hardware in the capital, as the president warned the country's politicians against underestimating public anger over corruption.

Photo Essay: MLK Parade in Savannah, Georgia Special

Savannah - Thousands of onlookers and participants enjoyed Savannah's 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Observance Day Parade. Churches, activists, children, schools and universities, local officials and news anchors participated in the event.

Lady Gaga sings national anthem at New York gay pride event

New York - On June 26, global pop music phenom Lady Gaga made an appearance at Pier 36 in New York City for a gay pride parade rally, where she made a speech and subsequently sang the national anthem.

New Yorkers line Fifth Avenue for the Puerto Rican Day Parade Special

New York - Yesterday, Sunday June 9, marked the 56th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. Cheers and music could be heard up and down 5th Avenue, as the parade made its way from 44th street in midtown up along Central Park all the way to 79th street.

Nazi veterans parade in Riga, Latvia (video)

Riga - The annual march of Latvian veterans, members of the Waffen SS divisions which was part of the armed wing of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party during World War Two, was held on Saturday.

14th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade held in Manassas, Va. Special

Manassas - This weekend the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade took place in Manassas. Its 14th year, the parade delighted visitors who came out for the 11 a.m. parade.

Savannah readies for legendary and large St. Patrick's Day parade Special

Savannah - The Hostess City of the South is preparing for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day parade, the second largest in the United States, and other related activities that make Irish eyes smile.

Video: 2013 Rose Parade provides emotional reunion

Pasadena - For more than a century, the Rose Parade has been a New Year's Day tradition for millions of people, but a surprise reunion made this year's parade special.

Photo essay: Leesburg's Annual Christmas and Holiday Parade Special

Leesburg - Yesterday crowds came out and lined the streets to see the Christmas and Holiday Parade in Leesburg, Virginia. This parade is an annual tradition that celebrates the festive season.

Photo essay: 42nd annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend Special

Alexandria - Every year The Campagna Center hosts its Scottish Christmas Walk in Alexandria, Va. Now in its 42nd year, the popular annual event took place on Sat., Dec. 1 and drew a large crowd.

Confidential confetti drops in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

New York - In a case of possible recycling gone horribly wrong, shredded confidential police documents were used as confetti in the recent Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Sights & sounds of Feria in Fuengirola, Spain (video) Special

Fuengirola - Running from October 6th to 12th, the annual Feria de la Virgen del Rosario in Fuengirola is full of color, sights and sounds.

Return of the Olympians: Thousands commemorate Canada's athletes Special

Toronto - More than a month since the end of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Canada's Olympic athletes were congratulated and celebrated with events and festivities. In Toronto, the Olympians were given a parade by an enthusiastic crowd.

Vancouver Pride Parade beyond the glitz and glamour Special

Vancouver - With an expected turnout of 600,000 people, the 34th annual Vancouver Pride Parade would’ve drawn a crowd comparable to the size of the total population of Vancouver.

Barcelona's Merce Festival: A Photo Essay Special

Barcelona - Eight meter high human pyramids, getting showered with fireworks, a parade of five meter tall giants, public art and the best music Spain has to offer, what is there not to love about Barcelona’s Merce Festival.
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Sydney Town Hall lit up during the Chinese New Year Parade 2012.
Sydney Town Hall lit up during the Chinese New Year Parade 2012.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Marchers portray with flags the various groups that call Portland home.
Marchers portray with flags the various groups that call Portland home.
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Apple Glen Elementary had a Disney movie theme.  Christmas Parade.  Bentonville  Ark.  Dec. 4  2010.
Apple Glen Elementary had a Disney movie theme. Christmas Parade. Bentonville, Ark. Dec. 4, 2010.
Music and a Christmas tree were part of one Canada Day Parade float.
Music and a Christmas tree were part of one Canada Day Parade float.
Several horses took part in the parade.
Several horses took part in the parade.
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
Crowds watching the Sydney Chinese New Year Parade and taking photos.
Crowds watching the Sydney Chinese New Year Parade and taking photos.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Thousands march along Queen s Park throughout the midtown city streets for the annual Jesus in the C...
Thousands march along Queen's Park throughout the midtown city streets for the annual Jesus in the City parade in Toronto.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Thousands march along Queen s Park throughout the midtown city streets for the annual Jesus in the C...
Thousands march along Queen's Park throughout the midtown city streets for the annual Jesus in the City parade in Toronto.
The Wing sized parade with the SAAF s colours in the foreground.
The Wing sized parade with the SAAF's colours in the foreground.
Under the rain and the sun  thousands of members of the police force across Ontario gathered at Quee...
Under the rain and the sun, thousands of members of the police force across Ontario gathered at Queen's Park in Toronto to remember the fallen.