Europride is a pan-European international event dedicated to LGBT pride, hosted by a different European city each year. The host city is usually one with an established gay pride event or a significant LGBT community.
For up to a fortnight, numerous sporting and artistic events are staged throughout the host city. Europride usually culminates during a weekend with a traditional Mardi Gras-style pride parade, live music, special club nights, and an AIDS memorial vigil.
Europride was inaugurated in London in 1992, attended by estimated crowds of over 100,000. The following year, Berlin hosted the festivities. When Amsterdam hosted Europride in 1994, it turned into a financial disaster, leaving debts of approximately 450,000 euros. In 1996, Europride moved to Copenhagen, where it enjoyed strong support from city leaders. The organizers were successful on all fronts and even managed to achieve a financial surplus.
Paris hosted Europride in 1997. The festival had numerous commercial sponsors and was widely hailed as a success. During the parade, over 300,000 people marched to the Bastille. Stockholm was the host city in 1998. London was to host Europride again in 1999, but the event was canceled when the organizers went bankrupt.
In 2000, Worldpride replaced Europride. The event took place in Rome and was well-attended by gays and lesbians from all over the world. After initially supporting the event, city leaders pulled their support just days before due to pressure exerted by the Vatican, which was organizing the Roman Catholic 2000 Jubilee.
Vienna hosted the 2001 Europride, drawing large crowds from Central and Eastern Europe. In 2002, Köln, Germany, held the then-biggest ever Europride; officials estimated crowds to number well over one million. Europride was hosted by Manchester, UK in 2003, and Hamburg in 2004. Oslo hosted it in 2005, with Ian McKellen as the guest of honour.
London hosted the event in 2006, organizing a two-week festival culminating in a parade on the final day (01 July) in which marchers were invited to walk down Oxford Street, one of the city's busiest shopping streets, the first time they had been legally allowed to do so in the parade's history. The parade was attended by London mayor Ken Livingstone, Tory MP Alan Duncan, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, and the first transgender MEP, Italian Vladimir Luxuria.
Following the parade, events were held in three of the capital's squares: a rally in Trafalgar Square attended by guest speaker Ian McKellen, and entertainment in Leicester and Soho Squares. Europride 2006 marked the first time that London's main pride rally and entertainment areas were staged within the city itself, rather than in open parks.
In 2007, Madrid hosted Europride, which took place in Chueca, the capital's gay village, during the last week in June. Madrid was chosen because of the gay marriage and gender identity laws Spain had passed during the previous two years. More than 1.2 million people attended the final parade as it passed through the downtown streets of Alcalá, and Gran Vía, ending up at Plaza de España. For the first time, Madrid City Hall contributed financing to the MADO (Madrid Orgullo) organization. In addition, a private event, the Infinitamentegay Party, took place in Casa de Campo Park.
EPOA has decided that a World Pride event held in Europe also automatically carries the title of Europride.
The first edition of World Pride was held in Rome in 2000 (see above). The second Worldpride was held in Jerusalem in 2005-2006.
London, also hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics, beat out other candidate city Stockholm in the fall of 2008 to hold Worldpride 2012, which will be held from 23 June to 8 July.
|1st||1992||London||. . . . .||. . . . .||.. June-.. July||. . . . .|
|2nd||1993||Berlin||. . . . .||. . . . .||.. June-.. July||. . . . .|
|3rd||1994||Amsterdam||. . . . .||. . . . .||.. June-.. July||aprox. 67.000|
|-||1995||. . . . .||NOT HELD||. . . . .||. . . . .||. . . . .|
|4th||1996||Copenhagen||. . . . .||. . . . .||.. June-.. July||. . . . .|
|5th||1997||Paris||. . . . .||. . . . .||.. June-.. July||. . . . .|
|6th||1998||Stockholm||. . . . .||. . . . .||.. June-.. July||. . . . .|
|-||1999||London||CANCELLED||. . . . .||. . . . .||. . . . .|
|7th||2000||Rome||Circolo di Cultura Omosessuale Mario Mieli - ||'In Pride We Trust'||1 July - 8 July||aprox. 500.000|
|8th||2001||Vienna||. . . . .||. . . . .||.. June-.. July||. . . . .|
|9th||2002||Cologne||. . . . .||. . . . .||.. June-.. July||. . . . .|
|10th||2003||Manchester||. . . . .||. . . . .||.. June-.. July||. . . . .|
|11th||2004||Hamburg||. . . . .||. . . . .||.. June-.. July||. . . . .|
|12th||2005||Oslo||Europride Oslo As||. . . . .||18-27 June||70-100,000|
|13th||2006||London||. . . . .||. . . . .||.. June-.. July||. . . . .|
|14th||2007||Madrid||Spanish LGBT Collective Organization||'Now Europe, Equality is possible'||22 June-2 July||aprox 2.500.000|
|15th||2008||Stockholm||Stockholm Pride Agency - ||'Swedish Sin Breaking Borders'||25 July-3 August||aprox 80.000|
|16th||2009||Zürich||EuroPride 09 Organising Association - ||'Celebrating 40 years with Pride'||2 May-7 June||aprox 100.000|
|17th||2010||Warsaw||Equality Foundation (Fundacja Równości) ||'Freedom, equality, tolerance!'||7 July - 17 July||. . . . .|
|18th||2011||Rome||Circolo di Cultura Omosessuale Mario Mieli - ||'Build Your Pride!'||2 June - 12 June||. . . . .|
|19th||2012||London||Pride London||June-July||est. 1,500,000|
|20th||2013||TBA||. . . . .||. . . . .||June-July||. . . . .|