- Over 150 Prides have cancelled or postponed already.
Organizers have decided to postpone EuroPride, due to take place this year in Thessaloniki, Greece, due to COVID-19.
Meanwhile the organizers of the UK’s first major Pride of the year, Birmingham Pride, have also postponed. And York Pride in England has decided to cancel its 2020 event.
The announcement brings the total number of Pride events which have postponed or cancelled to over 150 around the world.
Thessaloniki Pride was due to host EuroPride this year between 20 and 28 June with the parade on Saturday 27 June.
They have yet to announce a new date. With the situation still uncertain, they say they will monitor what is happening and work with city authorities to plan alternative dates.
Evangelos Chouliaras, spokesperson for Thessaloniki Pride said:
‘After three years of hard work and dedication we are of course devastated that EuroPride 2020 in Thessaloniki cannot take place when we hoped.
‘We are conscious that, apart from the gathering and travelling restrictions, there is little appetite for the celebratory aspects of EuroPride so soon after such devastating losses in Europe and around the globe.
‘Nevertheless, we are determined to find a way to make the event happen, hopefully later in 2020.’
They also sent their apologies to all who had planned to come to Greece to attend.
‘We will do whatever it takes’
Meanwhile, the UK has seen two further Prides change plans. The announcements come after Pride in London postponed its 2020 event yesterday, due at the end of June.
Birmingham Pride has decided to postpone. It was due to take place on 23 and 24 May.
However, it has announced new dates – 5 and 6 September.
Organizers said: ‘We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously later into the summer months, so that we can go ahead with one of the most important dates in the LGBTQ calendar. We will do whatever it takes.
‘Birmingham Pride is important to us all and the fantastic charities that we support.
‘We are currently negotiating with all artists from this year’s line up to appear in September. And we are still very much excited to present what will be the biggest and best Birmingham Pride to date.’
It said ticket holders will have their tickets automatically transferred to the new dates and don’t need to do anything.
However, York Pride in England has announced it will have to cancel its 2020 event.
Pride bosses said:
‘This has been a heartbreaking call for us to make after all the work we have already put into this year’s event.
‘However, we would never put the health and wellbeing of our pride-goers, volunteers, artists or traders at risk, or stretch the resources of our emergency services at a time when they are needed more elsewhere.
‘York Pride takes the whole year to plan. Whilst we have been carefully considering all options, as it is unclear how long current measures will remain in place, or how the situation may develop, it is sadly impossible for us to reschedule for later this year.’
Prides working together to save events for the future
The European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA) which licences EuroPride, has been helping Prides during the coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 Pride International Coordination Group will meet regularly in the coming weeks. It will help Prides consider the impact of coronavirus. Meanwhile it will look at how to guarantee the future of Prides after the pandemic.
Without action, many Prides could go bust and close.