Liza Minnelli Does Gay Pride in Paris, Remarks on Jackson Death


Liza Minnelli (pictured with gay Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe, below) rode a float at Gay Pride in Paris on Saturday:

Minnelli "Hundreds of thousands on Saturday marched through Paris and Berlin in flamboyant Gay Pride parades with US showbiz diva and gay icon Liza Minnelli mesmerising crowds in the French capital. Minnelli, who takes to the stage later Saturday in the French capital, a city which also holds fond memories for the star of her film director father, dazzled with a brief dance routine. 'Freedom,' she cried, dancing on a float festooned with multi-coloured balloons in the gay movement's symbolic rainbow hues."

Video of Liza in Paris, AFTER THE JUMP...

The event falls 40 years after the Stonewall riots, which occurred the week following the death of Minnelli's mother, Judy Garland. At least one Stonewall veteran has claimed that the two events were connected.

Said David Bermudez to the TakeAway: "That night was different because, you see, when we were raided we never fought back. Never ever fought back. And that night I feel that because of Judy Garland's death and all that we just had it. Enough was enough. When the cops started hitting us and harassing us and putting us in paddywagons and all, we just went ahead and fought back, and started hitting back."

Minnelli also talked to CBS' The Early Show about Michael Jackson's death:

"All of us who knew him well really know what he was like. And I'm sure that now the accolades are going, and I'm sure when the autopsy comes, all hell's going to break loose. So, thank God we're celebrating him now. He was just a really splendid man. And a brilliant performer who changed theatrical history. And I will miss him, I cannot tell you."

Video of Liza in Paris, AFTER THE JUMP...