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Europride Lets People from All Over Europe Celebrate Pride Together

In Europe, the celebration of gay pride isn’t confined to one city. Europride is held in a different city every year, but one constant to each celebration is that each brings together gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, queer and allied people together to remember their history, look at where progress has and can still be made, show their pride in their community and have a good time.

The gay pride event started in London in 1992, drawing around 100,000 people the first year. Since then, it has taken place in different cities, including Berlin, Vienna, Copenhagen, Madrid, Manchester, Koln and Stockholm. The celebration often has different events each year, but a pride parade is always a constant. During the pride parade, different organizations from throughout Europe are featured. In the past, festivals with live entertainment, lecture series and AIDS memorials have also been held as part of Europride.

The event is organized by the European Pride Organisers Association, a network made up different organizations. While many cities have their own celebrations, such as Christopher Street Day, the “Europride” label is only given to one specific celebration each year. Having one major event, along with local celebrations such as Christopher Street Day in Germany, allows gay, lesbian, bisexual, trasngender, queer and allied people throughout Europe to be part of something greater than themselves.

From the beginning, the goal of the large celebration has been to create community and empower people from different backgrounds. By holding the event in different cities, the organizers have sought to promote greater visibility and human rights in these cities, many of which have already made great strides. So, the event has a celebratory element but also a human rights one. The number of attendees varies each year, with some drawing as many as 2.5 million LGBT people. As LGBT rights have progressed, the celebration has also reflected this in its programming. This was true after Spain allowed same-sex marriage.

In 2018, the celebration took place in two cities for the first time. It started in Stockholm and ended in Gothenburg. The event marked a coming-together of different organizations. The special celebration took place over the span of a three-week period, and the motto was “two cities, one country.” The celebration was marked by a special concert with Boy George and the Culture Club and RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Courtney Act.

Each year, people throughout Europe anticipate celebrating their pride with each other through the large event. It allows them to come together in a way that they can’t with smaller festivals and celebrate together with people from a variety of different national backgrounds. The event continues to growth each year, making strides recently by bringing together different cities and organizations to celebrate together. In the future, it will continue to grow but still have the same purpose of celebration, reflection and honoring of history.