If you’re headed on a European ocean cruise or riverboat this summer — and trend that seems to be all the rage — consider booking one that coincides with a Gay Pride event, either in one of the port cities, or more reasonably, before or after your cruise.
Scroll down for a list of other upcoming European Pride Dates
There’s still time to book a cruise that would put you in Europe for Prague’s upcoming Pride celebrations, to be held August 12-18. If you’ve never visited Prague, this could be the ideal time to do it. In my experience, the city was gay-friendly. It has something of a gayborhood, and drips with history in a way that is the envy of many other European cities. You can book an outstanding gay-guided tour of Prague.
One local suggested to me that King Charles, he of the Charles Bridge fame, was probably gay–Charles supposedly banned women from the castle at one point. All true or not, it certainly makes for some lovely fantasizing as you explore the city and meet its friendly gay locals!
Organizers of Prague Pride have provided the following info via a press release:
In just 2 years Prague Pride has grown into the biggest LGBT festival of the former communist countries of central and eastern Europe, with 40.000 visitors in 2012. It has shown that Prague is the most liberal capital of the region, so it was no surprise when Lonely Planet listed Prague among the top 10 of friendliest cities to gays and that Prague Pride has recently been listed among Europe’s 10 best prides on gaycities.com. Prague Pride is proud to act as an exemplary beacon of openness and tolerance for its neighbours in the region.
Prague Pride 2013 will be held from the 12th till the 18th of August, with the parade and consecutive concert on Saturday the 17th. The week will be filled with a wide range of cutting-edge events for everybody to choose from. It will consist of 7 days filled with entertainment, concerts, exhibitions, theatre, debates and much more, at various attractive locations in the beautiful Czech capital. Several parties will cater the different tastes of the LGBT community. Expect great fun with international stars and DJs such as Danny Verde.
The highlight of the festival will be the parade and the concert on Saturday the 17th of August. The parade will lead through Prague’s historical centre at the end of which a free concert and information market will be held. The concert will have a DJ stage as well as a bigger podium where several Czech and foreign artists will perform, among which the Hercules and Love Affair sound system from New York.
For the first time there will also be a Pride Village all week next to the National Theatre. It will function as an information centre as well as a place where exhibitions, performances and events will be organised.
The theme of Prague Pride 2013 is “Let our colours out” and will focus on coming-out in all its facets. The program will reflect this theme in various ways, including an exhibition on coming-out in different environments & a debate on coming-out in politics. Although it may seem passé for many western Europeans, coming-out in the Czech Republic and further East, especially publicly or in the workplace is still relatively rare.
“The aim of the campaign is to make general public realize that process of coming-out is complex and needs to be supported and to make LGBT people realize that it is worth it to live an honest life,” the director of the festival Czeslaw Walek says.
Other 2013 European Prides include*:
June 23 – July 1: London, UK
June 24 – 30: Helsinki, Finland
June 24 – 30: Milan, Italy
June 28 – 30 : Barcelona, Spain
July 6 – 13: Konstanz, Germany
July 6 – 14: Munich, Germany
July 27 – Aug 4: Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 30 – Aug 3: Stockholm, Sweden
August 6-12: Antwerp, Belgium
August 21 – 25: Copenhagen, Denmark
*List is non-exhaustive, MMOB assumes no responsibility for errors in dates. Double check with organizers before planning your travel if attending a Pride is important to you.