Start: Hôtel de Ville Marseille
Finish: Palais Longchamp
Since 1993, Gay Pride Marseille has been coloring this charming city on the Mediterranean. Each year, pride enthusiasts march through the city streets to honor those who fought for LGBTQ rights during the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York.
Pride Marseille has become well known for attracting a range of different personalities from the political and cultural fields, who come to promote strong messages of equality, diversity, and inclusion. The event usually takes place over one weekend, normally in July, and it includes a pride parade, an afterparty, and a Pride Festival.
Marseille was host to the Europride 2013.
Celebrating 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising, the organizers of Pride Marseille hope to this year attract more pride punters than ever before. For 2019, Pride Marseille will take place on Saturday, July 6, with the gay pride parade kicking things off at 12pm from Hôtel de Ville. The parade will then wind its way through the Vieux Port, Canebière, and Boulevard de la Libération before finishing up at Palais Longchamp at around 6pm.
The procession will come to a standstill at 5pm roughly in between Canebière and Réformés for a minute's silence. This will be a poignant genuflection to those who have died from AIDS, those who were persecuted in concentration camps during the Nazi regime, or those have been killed through forms of homophobia.
Following the Pride Parade, there will be a concert at Palais Longchamp, which will run from 6pm to 1am. It is expected to welcome roughly 5,000 partygoers, and will include DJs who will spin sounds well into the night. On the Friday (July 5) and Saturday (July 6), Pride Marseille will also present Longchamp Pride Days - a two-day festival including DJs, live performances, and shows in the gardens of Palais Longchamp. This will run from 5pm to 1am on Friday, and 6pm to 1am on Saturday.
So if you feel like experiencing your pride in France's sunny southern city of Marseille, pencil Gay Pride Marseille into your gay events' calendar for 2019.
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