The LGBTQI community will celebrate the 20th Belgian Pride on May 16th, 2015, according to a press release from Visit Brussels, on Friday. In the two weeks prior to this event, the PrideFestival will light up Brussels with rainbow colours to signal the opening of the European Gay Pride season. For those two weeks, the LGBTQI community will offer various activities all around Belgium as part of PrideFestival.
During the fortnight, a ‘MiniPride’ parade will “meander around Brussels streets to the beat of the Meyboom brass band.”
This year, the celebratory fortnight will end with three days of partying, starting with the Gender@Pride on Thursday, May 14th, which will focus on highlighting gender identity, followed by Pride@City on the Friday, aiming to “create a general party atmosphere in Brussels,” and finally Saturday May 16th will see the climax of PrideFestival with the traditional parade, which will leave La Bourse to “spread its message of tolerance.”
“As well as a moment of celebration, PrideFestival is the perfect time to lobby in favour of legislative changes and encourage political thinking on this matter, with the ultimate goal of creating an even more progressive and supportive society,” emphasises Visit Brussels.
Last year, around 100,000 people celebrated Belgian Pride in the streets of the capital.