Gay Pride Paris
June 26, 2014
The Marche des Fiertés (Pride March), commonly called the Gay Pride, is a parade that advocates the freedom and equality of all the sexual orientations and genders (heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and trans). Every year, colors, costumes and open-minded people take on the streets of Paris for a lively parade that lasts about 7 hours.
This year, on June 28th, the Gay Pride will start at 2PM at the Jardin de Luxeumbourg, the historical and local favorite park between Saint Germain and the Latin Quarter. The parade will then march on to République, by way of Ile Saint Louis, one of the two islands of Paris, and Bastille.
The parade ends at 6PM on Place de la République, which has always been an area in Paris where people have gathered. But something is new on the Place de la République this year: after several years of construction works, the square is now almost exclusively for pedestrians. Don’t think that 6PM marks the end of the Gay Pride. On the contrary, the party is only about to start as all the people will be able to enjoy the live DJ music blasting out of the speakers until 9PM. The podium will welcome many internationally acclaimed DJs such as Francesco Pagano, Hypo and EDH, Steven Redant, Carlos Gallardo and many more, but the highlight will probably be Tara Mc Donald, the Queen of this year’s Gay Pride.
In the 1960s, the legal system in the USA was very homophobic, and gay bars were the targets of many anti-homosexual acts. On the 28th of June 1969, exactly 45 years ago this Saturday, the police storm into the mafia owned Stonewall inn, a gay bar located in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid turns into a violent battle between the gay community and the police, and is now considered as the starting point of gay and lesbian emancipation and rights. Brenda Howard, the “Mother of Pride” and leader of the Gay Liberation Front, organized the first commemorations of the Stonewall Riots, including the Christopher Street Liberation Parade in New York in 1970, marking the 1st anniversary. The first European Gay Pride took place in Münster, Germany, in 1972, with 200 participants.
For more information on the Gay Pride, such as the route, the organization, the volunteers, check out the following website: http://marche.inter-lgbt.org