GLBT Travelers - Best Pride in Europe?
Jun 8, 11, 6:34 pm
My partner and I enjoy travel but have never "done" Pride anywhere larger than our native city of Dublin. I am hoping to rectify this for 2012 and was wondering what European cities FT'ers consider to have the best Pride events?
I'm looking for some where there's a big parade and special club events after. Extra points for cities where the parade goes the the heart of the city, and debit marks for anywhere where the after-parade entertainment is just the usual venues packing in more punters.
All opinions welcome!
Jun 9, 11, 4:54 am
London Pride is the only one I have attended personally. The parade lasted about two hours and there was a huge crowd afterward on and around Old Compton Street that lingered well past 10:00.
I've heard Madrid Pride is the largest in Europe, and I'd love to attend it someday.
Jun 9, 11, 6:43 am
Berlin Pride is quiet a spectacle, called Christopher Street Day (CSD) over there.
Of course there also is the rotating Europride, this year in Rome.
Jun 9, 11, 8:51 am
I've heard Madrid pride is pretty fantastic and I'll be going this year July 1-3 weekend (along with seanp7), so we will report back. Madrid is great under normal circumstances, so I can't imagine pride not being memorable.
Jun 9, 11, 10:40 am
London has EuroPride and WorldPride next year to mark the fact that it also has some sporting event happening in the summer, so I expect London would be particularly good next year. It's had its ups and downs (like most Prides) but it seems to have settled quite well with a big parade through the centre of the city and then various options around a political rally, bar-hopping in Soho, big circuit parties and places to get up to no good, all of which will be very busy on Pride day.
Jun 9, 11, 4:14 pm
Thanks for the tips! I like Madrid, London and, most of all, Berlin. I figure that Madrid in July may be uncomfortably hot and London next year even more crowded than usual, so CSD in Berlin looks like a good option.
Jun 9, 11, 5:41 pm
Good choice, and and bmi are offering good rates at the moment to Berlin from DUB (if you are after *A miles)