Rainbow Weekend: Big and Small Pride Events Across Europe

Pride events across Europe on Saturday – big and small – drew attention to the rainbow-colored celebration of LGBTQ rights.

From a massive carnival in London attended by close to a million people to a tiny event in the Arctic village of Inari, here’s how Europe celebrated Pride’s eventful weekend.

Revelers in the capital of Great Britain celebrated the 50th anniversary of Pride.

A lively crowd either took part or watched the celebration, forming a spectacle of rainbow flags, sequins and sequins.

After two years of cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic, the parade took place half a century after London’s first Pride march in 1972.

Saturday’s procession followed the same route as the original, starting in Hyde Park and heading through the streets towards Westminster. It was to be followed by a concert in Trafalgar Square.

Chris Joell-Deshields, director of London Pride organizers, said “important” rights and freedoms have been earned since the first event, “but much remains to be done.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed a “beautiful day” of “unity, visibility, equality and solidarity” as he joined in the celebration.

More than 600 LGBTQ groups, who had been led by members of the Gay Liberation Front since the 1972 protest, were expected to take part in the march.

Other Pride events across Europe

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin joined tens of thousands of people in the capital Helsinki for the annual Pride parade.

She told reporters that a new law on transgender rights will be presented to Parliament in the fall session, which will address issues such as giving 15-year-olds the right to change their gender and finally removing the requirement to sterilize transgender people before they can do so. do. legally change your gender.

Marin, who described growing up in a “rainbow house” with her mother and her mother’s partner, has been a Helsinki Pride patron for several years.

There have been some security concerns since the weekend’s attack ahead of Oslo Pride, and after far-right protesters, some adorned with swastikas, disrupted a transvestite story event at the Oodi Public Library in Helsinki on Friday.

In Finnish Lapland, dozens of people took part in the pride in the village of Inari far north of the Arctic Circle. Many participants were dressed in traditional Sami clothing. The Saami are an indigenous people only in the EU, with traditional areas in northern Finland, Sweden and Norway.

Pride events also took place in France and Germany on Saturday.

Tens of thousands of people, many of whom were young, took part in the LGBT+ Pride march on the streets of Toulouse, Marseille and Saint-√Čtienne as temperatures soared.

In Toulouse, more than 10,000 participants danced and cheered in the Place du Capitole as speakers urged them to “enjoy freely” and fight against “shame, ignorance, violence”.

While in Cologne, thousands of people joined the city’s Pride events, which first began in the early 1990s.