Sponsored: The mighty Belgian Pride is back, for the 22nd year in a row.
It’s one of the earliest European prides of the season, and also one of the most popular.
This epic event regularly attracts 100,000 revelers from across the continent, and beyond!
When is Belgian Pride?
The larger PrideFestival kicked off last week, on 4 May, and lasts until 21 May.
Meanwhile, Belgian Pride (the day of the main parade and afterparties) takes place on 20 May.
Where is it?
The action takes place in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, and of the European Union.
The city is home to 1.14 million people, and is known for being one of the world’s most LGBTI-friendly destinations. Queer people in Belgium generally enjoy a wonderful quality of life – same-sex sex was legalized in 1795!
Meanwhile, gay marriage was legalized in 2003 – making it the second country in the world to make the move after the Netherlands.
What’s this year’s theme?
The two-week PrideFestival and Belgian Pride day revolve around the theme of ‘Crossing Borders,’ highlighting issues of asylum and migration.
The wider event will be full of activities, theme evenings, workshops, exhibitions, lectures, guided tours and events inspired by the topic.
For the full schedule, visit RainbowHouse.be.
What’s on the agenda the day of the parade?
Well, it starts at 2.30pm in rue Ravensteinstraat. It’s preceded by an early bird celebration meeting at 11am near the Church of Notre-Dame de Bon Secours.
Elsewhere, the action revolves around the Pride Village at Mont des Arts/Kunstberg, from 12 noon. The opening ceremony is at 2.30pm.
Also, try out the Gay Village in and around rue du Marché au Charbon/Kolenmarkt, for community stands, music and dancing, plus food and drink trucks, throughout the afternoon and evening.
You can also party from 4pm onwards until late into the evening at Mont des Arts/Kunstberg and in the Saint-Jacques district.
Where can I party?
You’ll be spoiled for choice for epic afterparties on the Saturday night.
Top of the list is fetish circuit party Revelation at Bazaar, with DJs including the UK’s Dave Hunt and Denmark’s Alejandro Alvarez.
Meanwhile, free warehouse party Los Ninos #53 returns for the third year in a row, with DJ duties from NYC’s JD Samson.
What else is on?
Our pick of the activities revolving around the ‘Crossing Borders’ theme is the three-day MASSIMADI Festival of LGBTI movies and documentaries ‘from Africa and its diasporas’, from 11-13 May. Meanwhile, The Sassy Cabaret: PrideFestival Edition on 18 May looks like a riot.
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