In response to the many people around the world who aren’t able to attend pride parades because of social stigma or laws discriminating against gays, Google put together a virtual mashup of the events from cities around the globe for anyone to experience.
Google posted a 360-degree film on YouTube on Thursday, which allows you to explore the parades by clicking and dragging your mouse around the screen.
And for a more immersive glimpse into the celebrations, viewers can experience the parades in virtual reality through Google Cardboard or other headsets like the Oculus Rift. Google will send Cardboard to LGBTQ centers across the US, CEO Sundar Pichai announced during a speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
Google wrote on YouTube:
“Pride is about celebrating who you are and who you love. But millions around the world don’t have the ability to take part. With this immersive 360° film, now anyone can experience parades from around the globe, from São Paulo to Sydney.”
Gay and lesbian Google employees attended and filmed “Pride” in 25 countries to capture the footage and allow others to march along virtually.