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Brussels Pride 2024 unites 200,000 people

200,000 people took part in Brussels Pride – in the capital of Europe. Rainbow colours washed over the streets of the capital on Saturday 18 May. The theme of this year’s event, ‘Safe Everyday, Everywhere’, promoted a society where everyone can feel free and secure every day, everywhere. With the Pride Village, the Pride March, the Rainbow Village and the Mont des Arts stage, Brussels had everything it needed to celebrate diversity and love freely and safely.

Brussels Pride – in the capital of Europe is an opportunity for initiatives from citizens, intellectuals and activists to assert the demands of the LGBTQIA+ community and spark political debate.

Following the Pride March that took over the streets of the capital on Saturday, artists, DJs, both allies or community members, performed on the Mont des Arts. To mark the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Pride March was delighted to welcome the organisers of Europride in Thessaloniki. Several European delegations were also represented alongside the Europride float.

Thousands gather on the Mont des Arts   Pride takes to the streets of the Brussels-Capital Region, who co-ordinated the event in collaboration with RainbowHouse and the Brussels Rainbow Village, is proud to promote Brussels as the LGBTQIA+ friendly capital of Europe. The city’s progressive spirit is backed up by anti-discrimination legislation, solidifying its position as the capital of the second-most LGBTQIA+ friendly country in Europe, according to the 2023 ranking by ILGA-Europe (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association).

Pride participants hold a huge rainbow flag

Complementing Pride Week and coinciding with the Belgian presidency, Brussels hosted a series of meetings with European delegations. These included the ‘The Meaning of Prides’ conference, which explored the societal impact of Pride events across Europe. Additionally, cultural centers throughout the Brussels-Capital Region offered inclusive programming.

Brussels Pride – in the capital of Europe is more than just a vibrant celebration of diversity. It’s a powerful platform to champion LGBTQIA+ rights and advocate for a more inclusive and egalitarian society. Beyond the festivities, Brussels Pride empowers the community to assert its demands and reignite political discourse.