14 May 2007, 14:18
Gay pride parade organizers appeal to St Petersburg authorities for permit
St. Petersburg, May 14, Interfax - A gay pride parade organizing committee has applied to the St. Petersburg administration for permission to hold a parade on May 26.
Organizing committee press secretary Alexandra Polyanskaya told Interfax they would like to march down Nevsky Avenue from Vosstaniya Square to Palace Square.
"We are very optimistic and do not think that our request will be declined. Plenty of events have been planned in the city for that day and all the requests have been met. The atmosphere in the city is very amicable," she said.
If the parade is permitted, it will be a colorful event, Polyanskaya promised.
"There will be a lot of music and theatric shows, but we will do not anything vulgar to prevent objections from people who do not accept our culture," she said.
Two thousand people plan to take part in the parade, Polyanskaya said.
Meanwhile, the law and order committee of the St. Petersburg administration, which regularly receives such requests, told Interfax they had not received any from the gay pride parade organizers.