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Take a Pride tour round Europe

All through summer, Pride is celebrated everywhere in Europe, and Pride means partying with a capital P. Why not take our Pride Guide with you to a Pride party in a big European city where every weekend in high season, you can watch and admire or join in the rainbow colored fun.

The season for booming dance beats, glitter and kinky costumes has now kicked off, and this year is a special year for Gay Pride. It’s namely 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York, when homosexuals took up the fight for their rights against the authorities. And Pride is all about the right to be different. That message is supported by hundreds of thousands of spectators who attend Pride festivals each summer, and leads to plenty of legendary party atmospheres.With this ‘Tour de Pride’ through Europe, you can join the party every weekend all summer.

25 - 26 May: Birmingham

Giant party in England’s second city! Birmingham Pride is one of the oldest and biggest in England, attracting 75,000 spectators every year. Birmingham has had an LGBTQ festival since 1972, and this year you can dance along to Faithless and belt out 80s hits such as Don’t You Want Me, when the iconic Human League take the stage on Sunday. Parade: 12 noon 25 May from Victoria Square to the Gay Village in Hurst Street

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31 May - 2 June: Torremolinos

Torremolinos in Andalucía in the south of Spain has become a gay hot spot, and Pride here consists of pool parties, beach festivals, a High Heel Race and a best dressed cuddly toy competition. Over 40,000 people follow the parade from the City Hall through the town from 6.30pm on 1 June.Parade: From 6.30 pm 1 June from City Hall to La Nogalera.

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1 - 16 June: Vienna

The biggest: EuroPride. Over one million people are expected to join Vienna’s EuroPride, which includes events such as the EuroPride Run, EuroPride Pool Day, beach party and gay yoga in the warm up to the parade from 12 noon on 15 June, which is one giant party with DJs and live music. Parade: 12 noon 15 June from Pride Village at Rathausplatz ad Ringstrasse Boulevard

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21 - 29 June: Milan

The fashion capital of Italy is also the most LGBTQ friendly Italian city, which adds up to a solid Pride with a host of parties and events. Around 200,000 spectators follow the parade, that goes through the city from the central station to Porta Venezia on 29 June.Parade: 3pm 29 June from Milano Stazione Centrale

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28 June - 7 July: Madrid

Gay Pride in Madrid boasts the biggest parade in Europe, and from modest beginnings in the 1980s, has grown into one of the world’s biggest city events with six different stages, a high heel race, cabaret and party on top of party. Around two million people are expected to follow the Pride Parade from 5pm on 6 July.Parade: 5pm 6 July from Atocha Station to Plaza de Colon.

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6 - 14 July: Munich

Munich is not only the Oktoberfest, it’s also Gay Pride, that has grown into a huge city party since the 1980s. The parade in the Bavarian capital is expected to attract 200,000 spectators, when the cold city hall is transformed into a genuine Pride Party palace on the evening of 13 July.Parade: 12 noon on 13 July from Marienplatz

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19 - 21 July: Frankfurt

If you think Frankfurt is a boring finance center, you should sample Pride here. The city parade is one of the biggest in Germany, that attracts 200,000 spectators, including the city mayor. Big on messages about equality and rights, plus concerts, costumes, parties and general hullabaloo. Parade 12 noon 20 July, Römerberg

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26 - 28 July: Berlin

Berlin is the party capital for Europe’s LGBTQ crowd and Pride is one of the biggest with everything from political messages and alternative queer movies to clubbing and crazy costumes. The Pride highpoint is naturally the paraded itself from Kurfürstendamm to Brandenburger Tor, which is followed by 500,000 spectators. Parade: 12 noon 27 July from Kurfürstendamm to Brandenburger Tor

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27 July - 4 August: Amsterdam

The Dutch capital is famous for its tolerance and canals. Both combine with Pride at the Amsterdam Canal Parade, where balloon bedecked boats, rainbows and music flow through the city. Plus, loads of events and a giant party finale on 4 August at Dam Square.Boat Parade: 12.30 pm on 3 August 12.30 from Scheepvaart Museum to Amstel

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8 - 17 August: Reykjavik

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Gay Pride in Iceland which has now become a giant festival, which attracts 100,000 people, both locals and international visitors to this tolerant island. Gay cruise, gay walks, parties and concerts are just some of the Pride events that culminate in a parade and huge dance party on 17 August. Parade: 2pm 17 August

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6 -15 September: Malta

Last of the Summer Pride festivals! Malta may not be big, but this beautiful holiday island is incredibly considerate when it comes to LGBTQ rights – with a fabulous Pride with talks, fashion evenings, parties and a dancing parade through Valletta on 14 September, that bookends Europe’s Pride season. Parade: 14 September from the Triton Fountain in Valletta

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