The festival was launched with a glittering show featuring galloping white horses, flying Cossacks and shirtless bodybuilders performing ironmongery.
The performance was followed by a Mardis Gras style march in which buff men and butch women dressed in a rainbow of colours waved flags. The event climaxed with a spectacular firework display and the lighting of a big gay torch.
However, celebrations took a sinister turn as masked men and women started flooding into the venue, some wielding sticks.
"This kind of activity endangers lives and is contrary to the spirit of the festival, which is fundamentally a celebration of diversity and puppets", said a spokesperson.
"It's typical that a minority of people wish to hijack the event for their own agenda, but what they don't seem to understand is that winter sports are tolerated here."