Paris Gay Pride Parade

June 24, 2017
  • Gay Pride 2003

    © Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : Amélie Dupont

    Gay Pride 2003

    © Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : Amélie Dupont

Paris Gay Pride Parade 75000 paris fr

Having Fun & Fighting the Good Fight
The start of summer brings the Gay Pride Parade - also known as the Marche des Fiertés in French - to Paris! 

This festive event also encourages parade-goers and spectators to ask important questions. Reflecting while having a good time has been the successful aim of Paris Pride. 


An Important History

 The first Gay Pride march in France took place in May 1971, when participants invited themselves to the traditional trade union parade on May 1. This continued through 1978.

On June 25, 1977, the first independent Pride was organized in Paris, heading from the Place de la République to the Place des Fêtes. 

But the first real Pride Parade took place on April 4, 1981. That day, more than 10,000 people paraded through the capital from the Place Maubert to Beaubourg.

Since then, Pride has only grown in size, despite a few difficult years. Other French cities have also began organizing Gay Pride events, and in 2006, Paris saw 800,000 patricipants parade through the capital.


What can we look forward to this year?
A vibrant and colorful event, the Marche des Fiertés has an overall theme of equal rights and tolerance. Sixty associations work with the Interassociative Lesbienne, Gaie, Bi, et Trans (Inter-LGBT).

Over the course of the day, floats will dance down the streets along to fun music, culiminating in a catwalk at the end of the march. A multitude of different DJs are participating as well.

Performances and speeches invite spectators to reflect on how far we've come and all that is left to accomplish. Above all, the Marche des Fiertés LGBT - Paris Pride - defends the project of solidarity in society. 

Members of the LGBT community are present throughout society, in all their diversity, and questions surrounding LGBT rights are transversal and inclusive. 

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