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From Vienna With Love: the sweetest pictures of Rainbow Parade 2018

From Vienna With Love: the sweetest pictures of Rainbow Parade 2018

Cheerful marchers and flamboyant floats paraded through the streets of Vienna last Saturday (16 June) for the annual Vienna Rainbow Parade.

The city celebrated the LGBTI community ahead of next year’s EuroPride 2019. The crowd partied in the streets, culminating in Rathausplatz, just outside the City Hall.

Austria’s very own Conchita was the headliner of this year’s pride. The artist sang her major hits such as Rise Like A Phoenix and Firestorm. On stage with the former Eurovision winner, San Francisco’s musical duo The Weather Girls.

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Austrian Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) chairman Christian Kern was among the speakers who took the stage.

‘We celebrate love, we celebrate life, we celebrate that in our country everyone can be happy in their own way,’ he said.

He also told the crowd he was delighted that Austria will join other European countries in legalizing same-sex marriage from 2019.

Rainbow Parade organizers are ready for EuroPride

The organizers were happy about a record attendance of 200,000 participants.

‘We made it, we had a more diverse and longer Vienna Pride than ever and are ready for 2019,’ Katharina Kacerovsky, CEO of Stonewall GmbH, told Austrian news agency Austrian Presse Agentur (APA). The purpose of the event was ‘to reduce fear and prejudice towards the whole LGBTI community’.

Vienna has been selected to host EuroPride next year. EuroPride, which takes place every year in a European city, will be held in Sweden this summer. Stockholm and Gothenburg will have two parades, respectively on 4 and 18 August.

Conchita performing at Pride Vienna
Photo: @smunhnumaan Instagram
A girl holding a 'proud to be myself' sign
Photo: @professionally_awkward Instagram
Four men in leather outfits at the parade
Photo: @patricklivienna Instagram
A drag queen posing during Vienna Pride Parade
Photo: @themoschinobitch Instagram
A performer during Vienna Pride
Photo: @vodka.infused Instagram
A performer wearing orange wings leading one of the walking groups
Photo: @wiennina Instagram
A drag queen in a pink outfit walking down the street during Vienna Pride
Photo: @yang_1319 Instagram
Crowd at Vienna Pride
Photo: @misterricecake Instagram
A float at Vienna Pride
Photo: @sascha_kaineder Instagram
A girl kissing another girl on the cheek at Vienna Pride
Photo: @saskia_charvat Instagram
Two girls hugging while holding the rainbow flag
Photo: @teo_zamfi01 Instagram
Girls waving the rainbow flags at the parade
Photo: @vicibersch Instagram
A gay couple marching at the parade. They have a 'proud to love him' writing on their bare chests.
Photo: @asmonapira Instagram
Marchers at the Rainbow parade
Photo: @asmonapira Instagram
Conchita performing at Pride Vienna
Photo: @smunhnumaan Instagram
A marcher in costume wearing a Mexican skull mask.
Photo: @_.ozlem._ Instagram
Two friends hugging and posing for a selfie
Photo: @eleonora.saroualab Instagram
A rainbow tram in Vienna
Photo: @davidmgoddard Instagram
A girl wearing a flower wreath during the parade
Photo: @carotoffel Instagram
Crowd waving flags
Photo: @bigbadbosnianbear Instagram
A group of friends at the parade
Photo: @astral_boi Instagram
Two friends hugging against a multicolored background
Photo: @acemisha_ Instagram
A girl wearing a yellow jacket with a 'love is love' writing on the back
Photo: @_tokyotoseoul_ Instagram
Rainbow outfits for Vienna Pride
Photo: @yang_1319 Instagram

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