Pride parades and rainbow art defy conservative Polish times

Members of Poland's LBGT community celebrated a rainbow made of water and light in a downtown Warsaw square overnight as they geared up for the country's largest pride parade.

Light projected onto water created a "water hologram" rainbow for four hours starting late Friday, getting people in the spirit for the yearly "Equality Parade" in the Polish capital Saturday afternoon.

The pride celebrations come as LGBT activists say a conservative turn in Poland is only motivating them to fight harder for their rights, even though their hopes of seeing same-sex marriage legalized has no chance now in the country.

A record number of gay pride marches — 12 — are taking place across Poland this season, including five in cities having them for the first time, some of them considered conservative strongholds.