Europride

Europride

Europride is an international lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride event that is hosted by a different European city each year. The host city is usually one with an established gay pride event, or one which has a significant LGBT community.

For up to a fortnight, numerous sporting and artistic events are staged throughout the city. The event usually culminates in a weekend, with a traditional Mardi Gras-style pride parade, live music, special club nights and an AIDS memorial vigil.

History

Europride was inaugurated in London, UK in 1992 with a crowd estimated at more than 100,000. The following year, 1993, Berlin, Germany hosted the festivities. When Amsterdam, Netherlands hosted Europride in 1994, it turned into a financial disaster leaving debts of around €450,000.

In 1996 Europride moved to Copenhagen, Denmark where it had wide support from city leaders. The organizers had great success on all fronts, in fact they even managed to make a financial surplus.

Paris, France hosted Europride in 1997. The festival had numerous commercial sponsors and was widely hailed as a success. The parade had over 300,000 people marching to the Bastille. Stockholm, Sweden was the host city in 1998.

London once again was to host Europride in 1999 but was canceled due to the organizers going bankrupt.

In 2000 Worldpride replaced Europride. The event took place in Rome, Italy and was well attended by Gays and Lesbians from throughout the world. After initially supporting the event, city leaders pulled out just days before due to pressure exerted by the Pope in the 2000-Holy Year of the Roman-Catholic Church.

In 2001 Vienna, Austria was chosen to host Europride. It drew large crowds from Central and Eastern Europe.

Köln, Germany in 2002 presented the largest Europride. Officials estimated the crowd to be well over 1 million people.

It has been hosted by Manchester, UK in 2003 and Hamburg, Germany, in 2004. Oslo, Norway hosted it in 2005.

London hosted the parade in 2006 with a two week festival of events. Culminating in a parade on the final day, Saturday 1 July 2006, marchers were invited to walk down Oxford Street, one of the capital's busiest shopping streets, legally for the first time in the parade's history.

The parade was attended by famous faces including Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, Alan Duncan, Tory MP, and Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner and first transgender person in European parliament, Italian MP Vladimir Luxuria.

Following the parade, three of the capitals squares were host to special events marking the festival. A rally in Trafalgar Square was attended by guest speaker Ian McKellen, whilst entertainment took place in Leicester Square and Soho Square. Many of the streets between the city's squares were closed off for Europride, making 2006 the first time London's main rally and entertainment areas of Pride were actually staged within the city itself, rather than in open parks.

In 2007, Madrid (E.)hosted the Europride Parade. It took place in Chueca Madrid´s gay Village during 7 days of the last week of June. The capital was chosen due to the newly approved laws of Gay mariage and gender identity approved the previous two years in Spain. More than 1.2 million people assisted to the massive parade in the centrical streets of Alcalá, Gran Vía and Plaza de España. For the first time, Madrid City Hall contributed to the financing of the MADO (Madrid Orgullo). An additional private party took place in Casa de Campo Park, the INFINITAMENTEGAY Party.

In 2008, Stockholm Pride organisation - organized the Europride 2008 from 25 June to 3 August in Stockholm (S.). Therefore it hosted the 1998-edition of EuroPride.

Hostings

Year Location Country Organization Theme Date/s Pax Remarks
1992 London (GB) United Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . .
1993 Berlin (D) Germany . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . .
1994 Amsterdam (NL) Netherlands . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July ca. 67.000
1995 - - - - - - - - - - - - (no official Europride been held)
1996 Copenhagen (DK) Denmark . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . .
1997 Paris (F) France . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . .
1998 Stockholm (S) Sweden . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . .
1999 London (GB) United Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . . cancelled
2000 Rome (I) Italy Circolo di Cultura Omosessuale Mario Mieli - 'In Pride We Trust' 1 July - 8 July aprox. 500.000 also 1st edition of Worldpride
2001 Vienna (A) Austria . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . .
2002 Cologne (D) Germany . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . .
2003 Manchester (GB) United Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . .
2004 Hamburg (D) Germany . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . .
2005 Oslo (N) Norway . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . .
2006 London (GB) United Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . .
2007 Madrid (E) Spain COGAM 'Now Europe, Equality is possible' 25 June-30 June aprox 1.000.000
2008 Stockholm (S) Sweden Stockholm Pride organisation - 'Swedish Sin Breaking Borders' 25 July- 3 Aug. aprox 45.000
2009 Zürich (CH) Switzerland EuroPride 09 Organising Association - 'Celebrating 40 years with Pride' (?) 2 May- 7 June . . . . .
2010 Warsaw (Pol) Poland . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . . candidate city - Belfast
2011 Rome (I) Italy Circolo di Cultura Omosessuale Mario Mieli - 'Build Your Pride!' 2 June - 12 June . . . . . candidate-cities are Rome and ...
2012 [[... ] ] (..) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . . candidate-cities for WorldPride 2012 are London and Stockholm and for EuroPride 2012 is Brussels and ...
2013 [[... ] ] (..) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. June-.. July . . . . . candidate-cities are Brussels and Athens

Trivia

  • in 2000 there has been organised the first edition of WorldPride in Rome as well as it was also 'combined' with the 'Europride'-edition in Rome; there were some controversities with the Holy Year in 2000 also held in Rome
  • in 2005/2006 WorldPride, second edition, was organised in Jerusalem in Israel
  • in 2012 there will be the third edition of WorldPride; candidate cities are: London (also XXX Olympic Summer Games 2012!) or Stockholm or ...; probably there will be no official Europride held in that year or Europride 2012 can be combined/joined with WorldPride
  • Brussels is official candidate-city for Europride 2012 under the condition WorldPride would not be held in an European city in 2012 as well official candidate-city for Europride 2013

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