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Paris Pride Parade

LGBTQ Pride Celebrations in the City of Love

This weekend rainbows will fill les rues as more than half a million Parisians take to the streets to celebrate love and fight discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

This Saturday, June 29th, more than 500 000 people are expected to participate in the annual Paris Gay Pride Parade, now called the Marché des Fiertés LGBT+. Marchers, music, rainbow flags, and floats will fill the streets along the 3-mile (5.5km) parade route leading from Montparnasse to the Place de la République. 

Like Pride parades all over the world, the Paris event focuses on equal rights and fighting discrimination faced by the LGBTQ community, in addition to celebrating love, pride, and self-acceptance. The Paris Marché des Fiertés is organized by Inter-LGBT, an organization representing 50 different LGBT+ groups

The 2019 edition kicks off at 2pm at the Place du 18 Juin in Montparnasse, taking participants past the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Place Saint-Michel, and the Place du Châtelet before arriving at République where a huge free fête awaits. Bilal Hassani, the singer-songwriter who represented France at the Eurovision competition this year, opens the party at 5pm, with DJ sets, comedians, and more musical acts to follow. 

Outside of the official parade festivities, bars and clubs throughout Paris mark the event, and Le Marais, with its many gay barsis sure to be extra lively this weekend to celebrate the occasion.

Mais attention ! Many metro stations are likely to be closed during the event, however, so be sure to check the RATP app before heading out.

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