Geek Pride Day

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Geek Pride Day
Friki.jpg
Spanish Friki reading in a comic shop
Observed by Geeks and nerds around the world
Type Cultural
Significance A non-denominational holiday to be celebrated by nerds and geeks who do not feel ashamed of showing their unconventional interests in public.
Celebrations Role-playing games, parades, cosplay
Date May 25
Next time 25 May 2015 (2015-05-25)
Frequency annual
Related to Nerd, geek, science fiction

Geek Pride Day (Spanish: Día del orgullo friki ) is an initiative to promote geek culture, celebrated annually on 25 May. The date was chosen as to commemorate the 1977 release of Star Wars (see Star Wars Day), but shares the same date as two other similar fan "holidays": Towel Day, for fans of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams, and the Glorious 25th of May for fans of Terry Pratchett's Discworld.

The initiative originated in Spain in 2006 as "Día del Orgullo Friki" and spread around the world via the Internet.

Origins[edit]

Tim McEachern organized unconnected events called Geek Pride Festival and/or Geek Pride Day 1998 to 2000 at a bar in Albany, New York, which are sometimes seen as a prelude to Geek Pride Day.

In 2006, the Spanish blogger Germán Martínez known online as señor Buebo organized the first celebration, the day was celebrated for the first time in Spain and on the Internet, drawing attention from mainstream media.[1][2][3] The biggest concentration took place in Madrid, where 300 Geeks demonstrated their pride together with a human pacman. A manifesto was created to celebrate the first Geek Pride Day, which included a list of the basic rights and responsibilities of geeks.[4]

2008[edit]

In 2008, Geek Pride Day was officially celebrated in the U.S., where it was heralded by numerous bloggers, coalescing around the launch of the Geek Pride Day website. Math author, Euler Book Prize winner, and geek blogger John Derbyshire not only did a shout out, but announced [5] that he would be appearing in the Fifth Avenue parade, dressed as number 57, on the prime number float - prompting some bloggers to say they'd be looking for him.

Continued spread[edit]

By 2009, acknowledgment of the day had reached the Science Channel, with special programming on 25 May to celebrate and events took place to commemorate the day in Ottawa, home to the Canada Science and Technology Museum and a notable research centre in Canada,[6] while in 2010 the festival spread further, taking in cities as diverse as Halifax, Nova Scotia; Budapest, Hungary; Tel Aviv, Israel; Timişoara, Romania and San Diego, California. In 2013, a Geek Pride parade was held in Gothenburg, Sweden, and it was decided that it would be an annual event.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Salas, Javier (2006-05-26). "Comecocos y mangas toman la calle: la revancha de los frikis (Spanish)". Telecinco. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2006-05-26. 
  2. ^ Perez, Javier (2006-05-26). "Orgullo friki (Spanish)". El Mundo. Retrieved 2005-05-26. 
  3. ^ Ramos, David (2006-05-25). "25 de mayo: Día del Orgullo Friki". 20minutos. Retrieved 2005-05-25. 
  4. ^ La Revista (2006-05-25). "25 de mayo: Día del Orgullo Friki". 20minutos.es. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  5. ^ ""Hug a Geek", The Corner, Thursday May 22, 2008, 8:44 am". Corner.nationalreview.com. 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]

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