Belgian Pride to dazzle in Brussels with a spectacular programme
Sadly, discrimination and sexual orientation-based acts of hatred and violence are still commonplace. The non-profit Belgian Pride association has been fighting against this injustice since its founding in 1996. This year, the Belgian Pride Festival will take place in the centre of Brussels, from 4 to 20 May.
The celebrations kick off on 4 May in Brussels town hall. The various events will culminate in a full-blown party weekend from 18 to 20 May, to mark Belgian Pride Day on 19 May. Bars and restaurants in the Rainbow Village on Place Saint-Jean will be hosting the most amazing acts and the best food and drinks, in the most festive atmosphere. On 19 May, the Pride Village will open its doors on the Mont des Arts from 12pm onwards. In the company of thousands of party-goers, visitors can enjoy music, surprising acts, culinary specialities and stands featuring various LGBTI+ organisations. The highlight of the festival will be the colourful parade on Saturday 19 May. This will set off at 2.30pm in the Rue Ravenstein. Thousands of dazzling participants will proudly weave their way through the city, in a real festival atmosphere.
The movement has grown from 2000 participants in 1996 to 100,000 at the most recent editions. To highlight Brussels' embrace of LGB people, six zebra crossings will be painted in a permanent rainbow. Belgium continues to work towards respect for human rights around the world, for all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Full program on the website of Belgian Pride.