Twenty years! The celebrations for the Belgian pride’s 20th anniversary just started in Brussels. The Belgian capital traditionally opens gay pride season in Europe with 10 days of festivities, until May 16, where over 100,000 people are expected to participate in the big final parade.
Brussels really owns its title of gay-friendly European capital. The colors of the rainbow will be lighting up the iconic Grand Place for 2 weeks. The world-famous Manneken Pis will be especially dressed by French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. A giant and permanent LGBT street art fresco depicting the fight against homophobia and sexual discriminations was just inaugurated.
Day after day, the Pride Festival holds its daily program of exhibitions, screenings, happenings, debates and workshops to highlight the defense of the rights of the LGBT community, but also to help change attitudes, fight against phobias of all kinds, to raise awareness and understanding of gay culture.
The PrideFestival of Brussels gay pride ends with 3 big events:
On May 14, the Gender@Pride will focus on highlighting gender identities.
On May 15, for Pride@thecity, it’s time for celebration and anniversaries: everywhere you will discover the rainbow flag floating in the city on buildings such as the Dexia tower in Rogier, the Citroën garage in Yser, the Ministry of Wallonia-Brussels, in the streets around the Bourse, the Ancienne Belgique, near St. John, on the City Hall, the Brussels Parliament and even on some trams. A big birthday party will be organized in the Orts street to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pride.
The biggest party of the gay pride weekend also takes place on May 15 in Club Bazaar (63 rue des Capuchins). COX, Italians DIRT IT Better! is the hottest Italian party of the moment: with 100% Italian DJs Michel Ruvido (Cox) Giangi Cappai (Rapido), Daniele d’Alessandro (Cox , la Démence), but also performer Fabio Di Domizio and hot Italian dancers! A party for hot manly, muscled, bear, leather or fetish boys.
After this big gay night, time for the climax of these 15 days of celebrations: the parade of May 16. The parade will start from the Bourse and head to Gare du Midi via boulevard Anspach. Route : rue du Lombard, rue du Midi, rue des Alexiens, boulevard de l'Empereur, Cantersteen, rue de Loxum, rue d'Arenberg, rue de l'Ecuyer, ending in rue de l'Evêque.
Meanwhile, the Pride Village will take place on Boulevard Anspach, Rue Orts, Rue Henri Maus, Rue des Pierres, Plattesteen, Marché au Charbon, rue du Midi, Rue Borgval.
On stage at Bourse, DJs and artists will perform one after the other for more than 8 hours. And since there will be no Démence party during this Pride weekend, gay clubbers will be able to attend la Démence's little kinky sister Revelation, which will be celebrating its 1 year anniversary celebration on May 16.