Prague Gay Pride is a relative newcomer on the Pride calendar; the first was held in 2011. Organized by Czech LGBTQ activists and long-term expats in Prague, Gay Pride Prague has become the Czech Republic’s largest LGBTQ event. In fact, figures have shown that in more recent time, Prague Pride has welcomed roughly 40,000 people, proving just how much of an impact the celebration has had on the city in general. In its history, Prague Pride has attracted a range of special guests including singer Conchita Wurst, the former Icelandic PM Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.
Prague Pride usually runs for roughly one week, and includes the parade, along with a series of workshops, debates, and sports and cultural events. Since 2015, the parade has been led by the Mayor of Prague, and in 2019, the sitting Mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, officially hung the rainbow flag on the City Hall building - the first time in history.
The hub of Gay Pride Prague is normally Pride Village, which transpires on Střelecký Island, as well as various other locations across the city. While Prague and the Czech Republic in general have often fallen behind many other European nations in terms of LGBTQ rights, Prague Pride is a testament to the growing shift in local attitudes. This is particularly evident by the overall support of local politicians across the political spectrum. So if you would like to witness first-hand the progress Prague has made since 2011, pencil Prague Pride into your calendar this year.
This year, Prague Pride will be celebrating its 11th anniversary, and we can assure you the city will come alive with rainbow spirit. For Prague Pride 2021, the theme will focus on Coming Out, looking at the different approaches to this through a variety of fun activities and events including LGBTQ art exhibitions, debates, concerts, talk shows, and picnics. All of this will take place during Rainbow Week, which will transpire from August 2 to 8. While the Prague Pride parade is usually a highlight of Prague Pride, traveling from Wenceslas Square into the city center, local health and safety restrictions regarding Covid-19 mean the Prague Pride parade 2021 will unfortunately not be taking place.
Nevertheless, a host of other fantastic LGBTQ entertainment will ensure you will still be able to experience your pride in Prague bold and bright this year. As Festival Director, Tom Bílý says: “We are doing everything we can to organize an event that provides a safe and happy place, where anyone can be themselves.”
Much of Rainbow Week will take place at the outdoor Pride Village at Střelecký Ostrov, where you will be able to enjoy drag performances, concerts, picnics and much more. Pride Village will kick off on August 2 with a colorful opening concert, then on August 3, you can look forward to Drag Queen Night. Additional events transpiring here will include DJ sets, dance performances, and even sporting activities.
While most activities and events will be free and open to everyone, various will also be broadcast online to accommodate those who may not be able to attend in person. Pride Live will be live streamed on Saturday, August 7, and will be the perfect chance to experience your pride from the comfort of your own home.
In true style of Prague Pride, several of the city's most iconic buildings will also be dressed in rainbow flags, so everyone (whether involved in Prague Pride or not) will be able to recognize the important moment of the year for the local community. While Prague Pride is a relatively new addition, the solidarity and enthusiasm of the local LGBTQ community has enabled it to evolve into the city's largest LGBTQ celebration each year. Find a place to stay during Prague Pride on misterb&b. NEW: you can also book gay friendly hotels in Prague directly on misterb&b. Additional information on Prague Pride 2021 can be found on the event's official website.
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