Once again, in June-July 2022, the streets of many European cities will be packed (after a 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic) with people, colour, music and the drive to party and protest during Pride, a mix of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, asexual, intersex, and queer pride demonstrations. Here are some ideas on how to spent this Pride at Volotea’s destinations, from Italy, Greece right through to France. Break out the rainbow flags!
World Pride Day, celebrated on 28 June all over the world to reclaim the rights of LGBTQI+ people, is the real core of Pride, i.e. all those festivals and parades that aim to give visibility to homosexual, bisexual, queer, trans and other people and promote the freedom and social acceptance of every individual regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Taking part in Pride is a unique opportunity to celebrate the wealth of diversity and demand greater protection for all and that more rights be recognised. But we also need to have some fun along the way!
In Europe, the main events are held in Madrid and Paris. Madrid, considered one of the best LGBTQI+ destinations and a world capital of diversity, hosts tens of thousands of people who will be descending on the city between 1-10 July 2022 to take part in its Pride events, in particular the lively event on Saturday 9 July.
Paris is also getting ready for a colourful invasion. Every year the French capital welcomes over half a million people who take part in the largest Pride event in France: in 2022, it will be held from 25-29 June. Don’t miss the fantastic Marche des Fiertés parade on Saturday 25 June. It’s a mix of party-vibes and activism that you cannot miss!
But in addition to these two main celebrations, it’s also worth discovering other events in different European cities that you can reach on a Volotea flight. Don’t forget to pack your party gear and rainbow t-shirts!
Under the motto “In the name of peace against all hatred“, the Naples Pride parade will be back and better than ever on 2 July 2022. The parade will cross the city to raise awareness of key issues for the LGBT+ movement such as marriage equality, citizenship by birth, and legislation against homophobia and transphobia. And, of course, it’s a call for peace, a great opportunity to discover a wonderful city, Naples, that carries creativity, openness, and extravagance in its DNA.
You probably associate Sicily above all with good food, beaches, and the island’s millenary history. But a big Pride parade is also held every year in Palermo, promoted by various movements and organisations; a very lively event that all can join. In the city, people return to the square to have fun and make their voices heard on Saturday 9 July, in memory of the great photographer who recently passed away, Letizia Battaglia, who has always been at the forefront of the struggles for rights. And if between one fashion show and the next you get hungry, take a look at our tips on what to eat in Palermo, a real mecca of street food and delicious Sicilian gastronomy.
Marseille has a reputation for being a proud, confrontational and somewhat anarchic city. What better place to celebrate Pride? If you visit this city, known for its strong character, the oldest and second largest in France, between 17 June – 2 July, you will be able to take part in many activism, cultural, and festive events run by the associations and companies on the Marseille Pride Committee. The grand parade on 2 July will close the event in style.
To start experiencing the festive and rebellious atmosphere of Pride, your trip around Europe may just start in Bordeaux. This southern French city will be one of the first to celebrate gay pride on 12 June 2022 . Organised by the Lesbian & Gay Pride Bordeaux association, which fights for the rights of LGBT people, thousands of activists and supporters take part in the parade every year. An event not to be missed if you too want to participate in the fight for equal rights and against discrimination due to sexual orientation. And all in a fairy-tale setting: the historic centre of Bordeaux, a World Heritage Site whose local wines are famous all over the world!
Anyone who wants to take part in Pride events in Spain is spoilt for choice: from Madrid to party-central, gay-friendly Sitges, Barcelona and Ibiza; there are tonnes of events for whatever floats your boat. In the north, one of the most interesting and growing destinations for “Pride tourism” is Bilbao. Behind its industrial, artistic and foodie exterior, the capital of the Basque Country hides a rainbow soul that it unveils every year during Pride. This year Bilbao is ready to welcome a festive and varied crowd that from 24 to 26 June, between a pintxo, a visit to the Guggenheim and a ride on the surfboard, will participate in an eventful festival that supports LGBT visibility and diversity. The highlight of Bilbao Pride is the Saturday 25 June parade, where a fleet parades! The party boats are decorated in bright rainbow colours and leave from the Bilbao estuary to sail down the river. It’s a once in a lifetime experience!
The Greek capital is a fantastic destination for all types of travellers: those looking for history and culture, beach lovers, families, and young people who can’t wait to go out at night. If you choose to visit Athens between 10 – 18 June 2022 you will be able to take part in their Pride 2022 (the main event of the year for the Greek LGBTQI + community) and enjoy the city at its best: in June temperatures are very pleasant and the days are very long! The main Athens Pride parade will take place on Saturday 18 June and, as stated on the event website , the goal is to continue to fight strongly for the community’s rights, now more than ever.
Have we convinced you to go and discover the best Pride events in Europe? If you are looking for other great plans for the summer, get inspired by our articles on the best beaches and outdoor activities!