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