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5 fabulous European Prides you need to check out this weekend

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Milan Pride in northern Italy | Photo: Alice Redaelli

Pride month might be about to finish, but European Prides are still alive and kicking.

On the last day of June, there will be several parades in some of the nicest travel destinations across mainland Europe worth checking out.

Barcelona Pride in 2017 | Photo: Ajuntament Barcelona

1. Pride Barcelona

Hosting two days of acts and performers, Pride Barcelona is one of the most anticipated European Prides. The LGBTI community will party in the central Avenida de la reina Maria Cristina and spread their love around, following the theme #AllMyLoving.

The parade will kick off at 16:00 at Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies. The route will take marchers and floats to Avinguda del Paral·lel (Spanish: Avingua del Paralel), finishing off in Plaça d’Espanya (Plaza de España) at 19:00.

Conchita will perform tonight (29 June) on the main stage in Avenida Maria Cristina. The party will continue tomorrow with acts from Eurovision contestant Eleni Foureira, dance music legend Gala, and American R&B singer Natalie.

Dublin Pride Parade in 2015 | Photo: Wiki

2. Dublin Pride

The capital of Ireland will also celebrate equality this weekend, with the 35th Dublin parade taking place on Saturday.

This year’s theme is ‘We Are Family’, highlighting the support families give to the LGBTI community, but also how the community itself is an extended family.

Better be on time. Assembling in St. Stephen’s Green, the parade begins at 2pm ‘sharp,’ according to the official website.

Kicking off in Stephens Green South, the march will then head towards Kevin Street. It will run towards the river, crossing Fr. Matthew Bridge and going up Church Street before turning into Smithfield.

Oslo Pride parade | Photo: Human-Etisk Forbund

3. Oslo Pride

Oslo Pride Parade will take the streets of the beautiful Norwegian capital for a few hours of good LGBTI fun, the Scandi way.

The march will kick off at 13:00 in the Grønland area, finishing at Pride Park, the annual Pride village with food, drinks, and entertainment which will be open until midnight.

Paris Pride Parade | Photo: Jeanne Menjoulet Flickr

4. Paris Marche des Fiertés

One of the biggest European prides, Paris Marche des Fiertés will take the streets louder than ever this Saturday, following the vandalization of the rainbow crosswalk in Marais.

The march will kick off at Place de la Concorde at 13:00, before heading to Place de la République. The event is set to attract a crowd of 500,000 people.

Milan Pride in 2014 | Photo: Micol Favi

5. Milan Pride

Milan, northern Italy, will celebrate its thriving LGBTI community on Saturday too.

This year’s theme is #CiviliMaNonAbbastanza (which translates to: ‘Not Civil Enough’), a polemical hashtag aiming to criticize the conservative attitude in the Catholic country.

The march will follow the polemic sparked after the newly appointed Minister for Families Lorenzo Fontana declared ‘rainbow families do not exist’.

The meeting point will be at 15:00 in piazza Duca d’Aosta. Then, the parade will start at 16:00 and culminate in Porta Venezia district.

Read more about Prides:

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