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The first Lesbian & Gay Pride in Lille, France was held in 1996. The local association Les Flamands Roses had been participating for several years in the Parisian and Brussels LGBTQ parades, but they wanted to walk directly in Lille. So, at the initiative of the Flamands Roses, Act-Up Lille and the Collective of Homosexual Expression of Nord-Pas de Calais, the first gay pride brought together nearly 1,000 people in June 1996.
In 2001, a new structure took up the torch. Lille's gay pride became “Fierté LGBT Lille” to take into account the bi and trans communities. The 2003 parade brought together more than 8,000 people.
A new collective was set up in 2005 to take over the event once again, led by the Lille LGBT Center and its associations. The event is renamed to “Lesbian & Gay Pride Lille”. Since 2016, the event has been called “Fiertés Lille Pride”.
Please note that due to the global Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Lille Pride has been postponed until September.