Following an announcement that Vietnam's Justice Ministry is looking into legalising same-sex marriage, the country will see its first LGBT pride festival and "Cycle with Pride" parade on Sunday morning.
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The LGBT festival will coincide with Gai Jatra, an age-old festival which commemorates those who have died in the past year and where participants dress up in outlandish costumes during a street possession.