Brazil's second largest Gay Pride Parade attracted roughly 300,000 people to Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana beach on Sunday.

Revelers cheered legal victories that effectively allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Brazil also recognizes the legal marriages of gay couples from outside its borders. Organizers told the AP that the annual party helps raise awareness about safer sex practices and continued violence directed at the LGBT community.

“These days, things are a lot better and stronger,” a participant told local media. “People are accepting us with more affection, bringing their children to take photos, to participate. Just like we want.”

Sao Paulo's annual Gay Pride Parade, held in June, is considered the world's largest celebration, drawing millions to the city's main artery.