Europride

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EuroPride
Statusactive
GenreLGBTI pride event
Date(s)midyear
Frequencyannual
Location(s)Europe
Inaugurated1992 (1992)
Participants at the Europride London 2006 event
Float of East London's Lesbian and Gay Centre, London 2006
Naval personnel, London 2006

EuroPride is a pan-European international event dedicated to LGBTI pride, hosted by a different European city each year. The host city is usually one with an established pride event or a significant LGBTI community.

For up to a fortnight, numerous sporting and artistic events are staged throughout the host city. EuroPride usually culminates during a weekend with a traditional Mardi Gras-style pride parade, live music, human rights conference, special club nights, and an AIDS memorial vigil.

History[edit]

Europride Madrid July 2007
World Pride 2000 in Rome

EuroPride was inaugurated in London in 1992, attended by estimated crowds of over 100,000. The following year, Berlin hosted the festivities. When Amsterdam hosted EuroPride in 1994, it turned into a financial disaster, leaving debts of approximately 450,000 euros. In 1996, EuroPride moved to Copenhagen, where it enjoyed strong support from city leaders. The organisers were successful on all fronts but not able to achieve a financial surplus.

Lady Gaga at Rome Europride 2011

Paris hosted EuroPride in 1997. The festival had numerous commercial sponsors and was widely hailed as a success. During the parade, over 300,000 people marched to the Bastille. Stockholm was the host city in 1998. London was to host EuroPride again in 1999, but the event was canceled when the organisers went bankrupt.

Europride ambassadors 2016, Amsterdam (from left to right: Valentijn De Hingh, Diva MayDay, the UK popstar Tara McDonald, Sipke Jan Bousema, Conchita Wurst)
The UK popstar Tara McDonald performing the official anthem "I Need a Miracle"

In 2000, WorldPride took place for the first time and, as has happened each time since, when WorldPride is in Europe, no separate EuroPride takes place. The event took place in Rome and was well-attended by LGBTI people from all over the world. After initially supporting the event, city leaders pulled their support just days before due to pressure exerted by the Vatican, which was organising its Great Jubilee.

Vienna hosted the 2001 EuroPride, drawing large crowds from Central Europe. In 2002, Köln (Cologne), Germany, held the then-biggest ever EuroPride; officials estimated crowds to number well over one million. EuroPride was hosted by Manchester in 2003, and Hamburg in 2004.[1] Oslo hosted it in 2005, with Ian McKellen as the guest of honour.

London hosted the event in 2006, organising a two-week festival culminating in a parade on the final day (1 July) in which marchers were invited to walk down Oxford Street, one of the city's busiest shopping streets, the first time they had been legally allowed to do so. The parade was attended by Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, Conservative MP Alan Duncan, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, and the first transgender MEP, Italian Vladimir Luxuria.

Following the parade, events were held in three of the capital's squares: a rally in Trafalgar Square addressed by Ian McKellen, and entertainment in Leicester and Soho Squares. EuroPride 2006 marked the first time that London's main pride rally and entertainment areas were staged within the city itself, rather than in open parks.

In 2007, Madrid hosted EuroPride, which took place in Chueca, the capital's gay village, during the last week in June. Madrid was chosen because of the gay marriage and gender identity laws Spain had passed during the previous two years. More than 1.2 million people attended the final parade as it passed through the downtown streets of Alcalá, and Gran Vía, ending up at Plaza de España. For the first time, Madrid City Hall contributed financing to the MADO (Madrid Orgullo) organisation. In addition, a private event, the Infinitamentegay Party, took place in Casa de Campo Park.

In 2008, the Stockholm Pride organization[2] organised EuroPride for a second time, held from 25 June to 3 August in Stockholm, a decade after hosting EuroPride 1998.

Zurich hosted EuroPride in 2009 with a month-long roster of events from 2 May to 7 June, culminating in a parade through downtown Zurich on 6 June.[3]

The 2010 event was held in Warsaw, Poland.[4] Organisers prepared multifaceted events between July 9 to 18. The Parade took place on July 17. It marked the first time this pan-European LGBT celebration took place in a former communist country. The Warsaw EuroPride formulated, as its main theme, a demand for legalisation of same sex civil partnerships.[5]

In 2011, EuroPride returned to Rome. Hosted by Claudia Gerini, the parade closed with a performance and a speech by Lady Gaga at the Circus Maximus. That year one million people took part.[6]

The 2013 EuroPride was in Marseille, France from July 10–20,[7] focusing on gay marriage in France and celebrated the biggest gay wedding in Europe [8]

The 2016 EuroPride returned to Amsterdam. UK singer/songwriter Tara McDonald sang her single "I Need A Miracle" which was chosen as the EuroPride anthem and was remixed by Gregor Salto. [9] [10] [11]

There was no EuroPride in 2017 as WorldPride took place in Madrid.

World Pride[edit]

The European Pride Organisers Association, which licences EuroPride and owns the trademark, has decided that a World Pride event held in Europe also automatically carries the title of EuroPride.

The first World Pride was held in Rome in 2000 (see above). The second WorldPride was held in Jerusalem in 2005-2006.

London, also hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics, beat out competing candidate, Stockholm, in the fall of 2008 to hold World Pride 2012, which was held from 23 June to 8 July.

WorldPride 2017 was held in Madrid, and WorldPride 2021 will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Madrid success[edit]

Madrid's EuroPride 2007 was the most well-attended ever, with an estimated 2.5 million visitors. This huge attendance was not only a success for Madrid, but for the whole LGBT Spanish community, due to the celebration of the change of terms in the laws related to gay marriage and adoptions.

Madrid was one of the first Spanish cities celebrating the legalization of gay marriage, with the support of all political parties, even the conservatives in the Government, headed by the ex-mayor of the city, Alberto Ruíz Gallardón from Partido Popular.

Due to these and other advances in same-sex freedom and social progress, Madrid was chosen in 2012 to host WorldPride 2017.

Host cities[edit]

Edition Year Location Organization Theme Dates Pax
1st 1992 United Kingdom London . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2nd 1993 Germany Berlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3rd 1994 Netherlands Amsterdam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . approx. 67,000
- 1995 . . . . . not held . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
4th 1996 Denmark Copenhagen Copenhagen Pride Association . . . . . . . . . . approx. 35,000
5th 1997 France Paris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6th 1998 Sweden Stockholm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
- 1999 . . . . . not held . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7th 2000 Italy Rome Circolo di Cultura Omosessuale Mario Mieli - [12] 'In Pride We Trust' 1 July – 8 July approx. 500,000
8th 2001 Austria Vienna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9th 2002 Germany Cologne Kölner Lesben- und Schwulentag e.V. (KLuST) 'Cologne celebrates diversity' 15 June – 7 July approx. 1,200,000
10th 2003 United Kingdom Manchester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
11th 2004 Germany Hamburg Hamburg Pride e.V. 'Love breaks barriers' 4 June – 13 June approx. 500,000
12th 2005 Norway Oslo Europride Oslo As . . . . . 18 June – 27 June 70-100,000
13th 2006 United Kingdom London . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
14th 2007 Spain Madrid Spanish LGBT Collective Organization 'Now Europe, Equality is possible' 22 June – 2 July approx 2,500,000
15th 2008 Sweden Stockholm Stockholm Pride Agency - [13] 'Swedish Sin Breaking Borders' 25 July – 3 August approx 80,000
16th 2009 Switzerland Zürich EuroPride 09 Organising Association - [14] 'Celebrating 40 years with Pride' 2 May – 7 June approx 100,000
17th 2010 Poland Warsaw Equality Foundation (Fundacja Równości) 'Freedom, equality, tolerance!' 7 July – 17 July approx 8,000 - 15,000 [15][16]
18th 2011 Italy Rome Circolo di Cultura Omosessuale Mario Mieli - [17] 'Build Your Pride!' 2 June – 12 June approx. 1,000,000
19th 2012 United Kingdom London Pride London . . . . . 23 June – 8 July . . . . .
20th 2013 France Marseille LGP Marseille 'L'Europe en marche pour l'égalité - Europe on the move for equality!' 10 July – 20 July . . . . .
21st 2014 Norway Oslo[18] Oslo Pride AS . . . . . 20 June – 29 June[19] . . . . .
22nd 2015 Latvia Riga[20] LGBT and their friends association MOZAĪKA 'Be the Change! Make History! Changing history is hot!' 15 June – 21 June approx. 5,000[21]
23rd 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam[22] Stichting Amsterdam Gay Pride 'JOIN our freedom, feel free to join us!' 26 July – 7 August approx. 560,000[23]
24th 2017 Spain Madrid[24] Spanish LGBT Collective Organization 'For the LGBTI rights over the world' 23 June – 2 July approx. 3,000,000[25][26]
25th 2018 Sweden Stockholm and Gothenburg Stockholm Pride

West Pride (Gothenburg)

'Two Cities, One Festival - for a United Europe' 27 July – 19 August approx. 60,000[27]
26th 2019 Austria Vienna HOSI Wien Visions of Pride 1 June – 16 June
27th 2020 Greece Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Pride 'Welcome to the future, where everyone can join' 20 June – 28 June (recommended dates)
28th 2021 Denmark Copenhagen Copenhagen Pride and Copenhagen 2021 'You Are Included'

European Pride Organisers Association[edit]

Kristine Garina, president of EPOA at Human Rights Conference, Stockholm Pride 2018

The European Pride Organisers Association (often shortened to EPOA or EuroPride) was founded in London in 1992 ahead of the first EuroPride. It owns the EuroPride trademark and licenses its use to one Pride organisation each year.

EPOA is a small organisation with eight elected board members, all of whom serve with Pride organisations in Europe. It has no paid staff, and has its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The board meets several times each year, often holding a meeting in a city holding its Pride event that weekend.

Any Pride organisation can become a member of EPOA upon payment of a membership fee. This gives the organisation voting rights at the Annual General Meeting, including on votes on future EuroPride bids. Membership to EPOA automatically makes a Pride a member of InterPride, its international equivalent. EPOA has more than 60 members across Europe.

The current President of EPOA is Latvian human rights activist, Kristine Garina.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EuroPride Seeks to Break Barriers in EU | Culture | DW.DE | 13.06.2004". Dw-world.de. 2015-01-27. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  2. ^ "official Stockholm Pride organization website in English". Stockholmpride.org. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  3. ^ "official Zurich Pride organization website in English". Europride09.eu. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
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  5. ^ "Warschau - Europride 2010". Europride2010.eu. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
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  14. ^ "official website EuroPride 09 Organising Association (in German, English, and French)". Europride09.eu. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  15. ^ "8 tysięcy osób uczestniczyło w warszawskiej EuroPride - WPROST". Wprost.pl. 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
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  17. ^ "official website Roma Pride organisation (under construction)" (in Italian). Europrideroma.eu. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  18. ^ "EuroPride 2014 goes to Oslo, Norway". Europride.info. Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
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  20. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: RIGA WILL HOST EUROPRIDE 2015". Skapis.eu. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  21. ^ "Liveblog: EuroPride 2015 in Riga". lsm.lv. 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  22. ^ "Amsterdam 2016". Europride.com. 2016-02-19. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  23. ^ "RTLnieuws: Recorddrukte Canal Parade geëvenaard". 2016-08-06. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  24. ^ Littauer, Dan (2012-10-08). "Madrid to host 2017 World Gay Pride". Gaystarnews.com. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  25. ^ "WorldPride Madrid 2017: all you need to know - goMadridPride". goMadridPride (in Spanish). 2017-02-01. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
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