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Pride guide – helping you celebrate in Europe 2017

The Pride festivals make their colorful way around the world. This is our guide to the best of them in Europe 2017.

The cities of the world are about to be taken over by glamorous festivals full of happy people, fantastic floats, and rainbow flags flying high. The streets will be thronging with daring, scantily clad parade-goers wearing everything from stupendous feather arrangements and glittering sequins to tight-fitting leather and chains.

Whatever the weather, this group of dedicated defiers of convention, proud parents, sponsors, and politicians will march for LGBT rights. Love, respect, and tolerance are what it’s all about. The parades also want to draw attention to the problems and injustices that still exist in many communities around the world.

Pride events in Scandinavia 2017:

Stockholm Pride 2014 from above at Slussen. Photo: Shutterstock

Stockholm Pride Festival

Stockholm Pride is the largest Pride event in the Nordic region and is getting bigger every year. People from all over the world fly in to join in the fun. Many spectators pack a picnic basket and find themselves a spot in the streets and parks of Stockholm where they can watch the glamorous parade. There are also usually performances by Swedish and international artists at the festival.

31 July - 6 Aug 2017
stockholmpride.org

Copenhagen Pride

The culture, events and parties of Copenhagen Pride Week will culminate in the big Pride parade on Sunday 20th of August, starting from Frederiksberg Town Hall and ending at City Hall Square, which is taken over by the festival during the Pride week. 

15 – 20 Aug 2017
copenhagenpride.dk/en

Oslo

The 10-day Oslo Pride festival offers hundreds of different events, all in the colors of the rainbow, in Norway's capital. The festival usually has 70,000 visitors and 30,000 parade participants.

23 June – 2 July 2017
oslopride.no

Helsinki

Helsinki Pride starts on 26 June and is the largest culture and human rights event in Finland, with events for all ages. Youth Pride is for the younger audience targeting participants of 13-25 years. This year’s theme is freedom and responsibility, based on the 100 years of Finnish independence.

26 June - 2 July 2017
helsinkipride.fi

Rainbow painted stairs in Reykjavik during Pride 2016.

Reykjavik

Starting with an opening act on Tuesday 8 August, the six-day festival offers movies, education, literature, music, dance and more. Don't miss the parade on Saturday 12 August.

8 - 13 August 2017
hinsegindagar.is

Pride events in rest of Europe 2017:

Pride In London

London’s Pride celebrations are centered round Trafalgar Square during the day, with performances, music, and inspiring speeches. As night falls, the action moves into the clubs of Soho.

24 June - 9 July 2017
prideinlondon.org

Madrid, We Party Festival

The Pride festival in Madrid is a relative newcomer compared with some of the other cities, but in 2017 Madrid will be hosting WorldPride. The best clubs in the city have joined forces to hold a number of parties during the days of the festival. Several guest DJs will be bringing their colorful performances to the big event.

23 June – 3 July 2017
wepartyfestival.com

Amsterdam

28 July – 6 August 2017
amsterdamgaypride.nl

Zurich

9 –10 June 2017
zhpf.ch

Düsseldorf

26 – 28 May 2017
csd-d.de

Berlin, CSD

21 July – 23 July 2017
csd-berlin.de

Paris

24 July 2017
gaypride.fr

Dublin

18 – 24 June 2017
dublinpride.ie

Antwerp

9 – 13 August 2017
antwerppride.com

Warsaw

3 June 2017
en.paradarownosci.eu

Barcelona

28 June – 9 July 2017
pridebarcelona.org

Madrid

23 June – 2 July 2017
wepartyfestival.com

Luxemburg

3 – 9 july 2017
gaymat.lu

Vilnius

6 – 9  June 2017
facebook.com/BalticPride

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