|A woman attends the 15th Budapest Pride March in Budapest, capital of Hungary, on July 10, 2010. (Xinhua/Dani Dorko)
BUDAPEST, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The annual Budapest Gay Pride parade passed off on Saturday without serious disturbances.
The parade, which took place on one of downtown Budapest's main boulevards, Andrassy ut, was accompanied by a large police presence. The area was cordoned off from early Saturday morning.
For the last three years, the event attracted counter demonstrations which occasionally turned violent. In 2008, serious street fighting broke out between police and demonstrators protesting against the event during which molotov cocktails were thrown, parade participants were also attacked and several police cars were set on fire.
An estimated 1,000 people took part in this year's parade, including ex-prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, other left-wing politicians, and many visitors and sympathizers from abroad. A group of approximately 100 demonstrators gathered at the end of the parade route but the marchers turned back before reaching the end in order to avoid a confrontation with the group.
This is the fifteenth year the gay festival and parade have taken place in Budapest. The 2010 festival was the longest ever, lasting a week from July 4 with events such as film screenings, theatre performances, dance evenings and workshops organized at locations throughout the city including the British Embassy.