Belgian Gay Pride started in 1995, and it has since evolved into a lively celebration each year, so much so it is now a whole two-week event! Belgian Pride kicks off the celebrations in Brussels, offering a range of activities and parties. These continue right up until the final weekend which normally entails the Pride Parade and Pride Villages.
The event always encourages people to be and show themselves in the street, holding hands with the people they love.
For 2019, the theme of Belgian Pride will be All for One. Honoring 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, when members of the LGBTQ community rallied for equal rights and recognition, Belgian Pride will encourage solidarity and intersectionality. It aims to emphasize how everyone is unique, and how everyone deserves a valued and respected place in society irrespective of their gender, orientation, race, or sexuality. It also endeavors to highlight queer talent from Brussels and beyond, create connections between different worlds, and offer safe spaces where people can work on establishing a fairer society together.
Everything will officially start on May 2, with the Belgian Pride Kick-Off, which will include a reception at the Town Hall, followed by a march through the city streets. Along with this, you can look forward to an entire program of events throughout the city, including music, shows, cinema, conferences, drag performances, discoveries, celebrations, voguing, and creations.
The highlight of Belgian Pride is the vibrant Pride Parade which will take place on Saturday, May 18, and will weave its colorful way through the cobbled streets of downtown Brussels. The parade kicks off from the Pride Stage in Pride Village (Mont des Arts) at 12pm.
Along with the main parade, Belgian Pride will offer two festive open spaces: Rainbow Village and Pride Village. Rainbow Village runs for the entire weekend (May 17, 18, 19) and will offer roughly ten different open bars, along with an impressive line-up of DJs, circus acts, and drag shows. You can catch all the action in the Quartier Saint Jacques. Pride Village just runs on the Saturday, May 18 from 12pm, where Mont des Arts will host a range of association stands, music events, and a stack of food options.
However you choose to celebrate Pride in the Belgian capital, we guarantee you'll have a festive time!
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