24th Belgian Pride takes place this weekend

On Saturday the annual Pride parade will make its way through the streets of Brussels. The parade is just one of a host of events being held to support and promote  equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community in Belgium and abroad.   

The traditional and very colourful pride parade will take place on Saturday afternoon. As well as the many organisations taking party will floats, thousands of others take part in the procession or line the route creating a real party atmosphere in the centre of Brussels. However, Pride is about more than rainbow flags and extravagantly decorated floats. The event’s primary aim is to promote LGBTQ+ rights. The theme of this year’s pride is “All for one!”.      

Things get under way at 11am on Saturday with an oecumenical service at the OLV van Goede Bijstand Church on the Kolenmarkt in Central Brussels.  A number of stands with information on LGBTQ+ issues, food and drink can be found in the Pride Village on the Kunstberg and the Rainbow Village not far from the Kolenmarkt from 12 noon. From 1:45pm those that wish to will be able to dance to DJ sets.  The parade will set of from the Pride Village at 2:30pm. From 5pm it will be party time again in both the Pride and Rainbow villages. Later there will be numerous after parties in many Brussels night clubs and cafés.