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Gay Pride Becomes Part of Normality in Prague

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of August 16, 2016) The sixth edition of Prague Pride was not just a parade: During the week of August 8 to 14, there were a total 130 events themed “Love for everyone.” This universal right obviously includes child adoption for gay and lesbian couples.

Besides many cultural events like exhibits, movies and podium discussions, there were lots of parties of course.

Concert on August 8, 2016

An exciting concert in Prague on August 8, 2016. ©praguepride.cz

Kateřina Saparová, the director of Prague Pride, expected a total of 20,000 to 25,000 people for the parade on Saturday, which is about 10 to 13 times as many as for the first parade in 2011.

The event had the active support of the American embassy but also of Adriana Krnáčová, the mayor of Prague, which is quite unusual for a former member of the Eastern Bloc.

Kateřina Saparová

Kateřina Saparová. The Prague Pride director has made the event an important part of the Czech event calendar. ©praguepride.cz

Last year, about 2000 to 3000 foreign tourists participated in Prague Pride, mainly from neighboring countries like Slovakia and Poland that hardly have any Gay Pride celebrations. That is why some big tourism companies like Airbnb, Ibis and Hilton were among the sponsors.

One of the invited guests bears a famous name: Omar Sharif Jr., grandson of the great actor Omar Sharif who died in 2015. Omar Jr. (32) is an actor and model, and has been persona non grata in his home country Egypt since his coming out in March 2012.

View of Prague

Prague under the rainbow… once a year at least. ©praguepride.cz

The parade last Saturday honored the victims of the shooting in Orlando.

Frank-S / MensGo
Main source: Rahio Praha of August 8, 2016 (print version EN – audio version EN).

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