Pride Fortnight and Gay Pride in Paris

Each year in June, the Paris Pride Fortnight and Gay Pride parade (‘Marche des Fiertés’ in French) take place in Paris.

La Quinzaine des Fiertés LGTB

Quinzaine des fiertés 2018 © DR

The Quinzaine des Fiertés LGBT (Pride Fortnight) is a cultural, celebratory, and activist event that has taken place during the month of June in Paris since 2016. Organized by Inter-LGBT and backed by the City of Paris and the Île-de-France region, it brings to the forefront the associations that work all year round for the rights of LGBTQI+ people.

Its programme comprises some 50 events in gay or gay-friendly spaces, and in municipal and local council buildings: exhibitions, concerts, roller skating, conferences, bingo, queer drinks, debates, film screenings, picnics, dance and sports demonstrations, voguing performances, seminars, festive evenings, and clubbing, among other things.

Its aim is to bring better visibility for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as well as to support those working as part of the fight against violence and discrimination.

At the end of June, the Quinzaine des Fiertés will conclude with the Marche des Fiertés LGBT (Pride) parade through the streets of Paris.

La Marche des fiertés 2017, Paris © Studio TTG

Every year in June, the Paris Gay Pride parade (‘Marche des Fiertés’ in French) brings together lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and intersex people and their supporters in the streets of Paris to celebrate diversity.

This lively and colourful event brings together half a million participants in a single parade where everyone has their place. Loud music, unusual costumes and the floats of various organizations ensure that this is a vibrant and carnival-like affair, which is now a major event on the Parisian calendar.

Although the emphasis is on celebration, the Marche des Fiertés is also a call for equal rights regardless of sexuality. Slogans and messages punctuate the parade advocating solidarity for the various struggles led by the communities concerned.

Gay Pride Paris/ Marche des Fiertés,  30 June 2018

The parade will leave from Place de la Concorde (at 2pm), near to the Assemblée Nationale, where French laws are debated and voted.  The parade will travel along the historic Rue de Rivoli, past the Louvre, and then turn at Boulevard Sébastopol to go through the central district of Châtelet-les-Halles. Finally, it will take Boulevard Saint-Martin arriving at around 5pm in Place de la République, where there will be concerts and the final grand podium from 5pm to 10pm.

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