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