Biggest Pride Events in Europe This Summer
The international Pride Month of June may be over, but Europe’s LGBT+ celebrations of love, diversity and acceptance continue throughout the summer. With careful planning and a Eurail Pass, it is possible to vogue and groove your way through all of Europe’s major pride events, taking in a different city every weekend.
Pride events in Europe are a great way to explore a city, because the parades often bop their way past major landmarks. The festivities usually run for long weekends, or even entire weeks, with lots of community events to attend. Plus, summer 2019 marks the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which ignited the global gay rights movement, meaning that this year’s pride events will be extra special.
So grab your rainbow flags, put on your snazziest clothes, shower yourself in glitter and head to one of these 6 pride events in Europe.
Pride Events in Europe
Berlin Christopher Street Day, Germany
Berlin is well-known for its diversity and taboo-pushing, so has always been one of the gay capitals of Europe. Berlin’s pride, this year on July 27, is named after the street where the Stonewall riots took place, making it a fitting location to celebrate the 50th anniversary. The parade runs from Kurfürstendamm to the iconic Brandenburg Gate, where the main stage and finale will take place. There will be DJs and speeches, headlined by Felix Jaehn.
Next door in the Tiergarten park, a half-mile long Pride Village will have plenty of food, drinks and entertainment. After dark, Berlin’s infamous nightclub scene will carry the party deep into the night. Once you have recovered, Berlin’s central location within Europe makes it easy to jump on a train and head to your next pride with your Eurail Pass.
Pride Amsterdam, the Netherlands
This is the big one! The Netherlands is renowned for its progressive LGBT+ rights and its capital Amsterdam has become the gay capital of the world. Naturally, the whole of Amsterdam comes out for a week-long pride celebration. It really has the feel of a national holiday.
This year’s pride runs from July 27 to August 4 and its exuberant program includes the Milkshake festival of queer music and arts, Drag Olympics and Pride Park in Vondelpark. You will not want to miss the parade on August 3 which follows Amsterdam’s UNESCO canals, so the floats will really be floating.
Top tip: Make sure to book your accommodation ASAP because this pride is no small affair. Or use your Eurail Pass to travel into the city from another charming Dutch city, like Rotterdam or Utrecht.
Brighton & Hove Pride, England
If you prefer the coast to canals, then head to the seaside city of Brighton, the gay capital of Britain. Brighton hosts the island’s largest pride festival from August 2 to 4. The main event will be the parade on August 3, followed by Pride in the Park, an outdoor music festival which will be headlined this year by Kylie Minogue; a chance to create memories that you won’t want to get out of your head. Brighton is a 1 hour train ride from London, so easy to add to your Eurail pride tour.
Top tip: End your day with a quintessential English experience – fish and chips on Brighton’s pebbly beach.
Prague Pride, Czech Republic
Take a trip to eastern Europe for the youngest pride event on this list. Prague’s pride was founded in 2011 and grows bigger every year. In 2019, there will be an entire Pride Week from August 5 to 11, with an array of activities which take pride back to its roots with a focus on community participation and activism. There will be film screenings, group picnics, tours and quizzes. Many events will be hosted within the Pride Village on Střelecký island, which has stunning views of Prague’s most impressive sights: Prague Castle and Charles Bridge. The event will conclude with a parade on August 10.
Stockholm Pride, Sweden and Copenhagen Pride Week, Denmark
To conclude the most colourful tour of Europe, head north to Scandinavia to get a taste of how Europe’s happiest people celebrate pride. Spoilers: they transform the city center with floods of rainbows and rename major attractions for over a week.
In Stockholm, Scandinavia’s largest pride parade will be held on August 3 (apparently 2019’s main day to be proud in Europe). The Kulturhuset will become Pride House, hosting LGBT+ art, presentations and discussions. A local stadium will host Pride Park music festival from July 31 to August 3.
If you’d rather live Danishly, then Copenhagen‘s pride runs from August 13 to 18, with Pride Square conveniently located next to Tivoli Gardens amusement park. The parade on August 17 is one of the world’s most diverse, with floats featuring local sports teams, leather dykes and even vikings!
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