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Vienna Pride and Rainbow Parade

Vienna Pride has become not just an institution, but also a symbol of diversity and equality. From May 25 to June 9, the focus will once again be on the LGBT community. Vienna City Hall, the city’s official government building, will once again host a Vienna Pride conference on June 7. The Pride Village on Rathausplatz will also be celebrating a comeback: Vienna’s queer scene will be buzzing here from June 6 to 8. The Rainbow Parade on June 8, the largest march in Austria, will once again be attended by around 200,000 people. As is the case every year, the parade will make its way along the most beautiful boulevard in the world: Vienna’s Ringstrasse.

The motto of this year’s Pride event is “Pride is a demonstration”. Its focus is on boosting the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people. Everyone is encouraged to march and demonstrate for their causes and rights during these two weeks.

Pride events

As happens every year, numerous events will be held in conjunction with Vienna Pride: the Vienna Pride Beach Day, for example (May 30), the Vienna Pride Drag Beach (June 2) and the now legendary Pride Run Vienna on June 7, which, like the parade, runs along Vienna’s Ringstrasse. There will also be exciting LGBT city tours that offer in-depth insights into Vienna’s queer history.

Vienna’s public transport operator Wiener Linien is setting a special example for diversity in 2024: a specially created subway cube in the rainbow progressive colors was installed in front of the Vienna State Opera at Karlsplatz station. - For the first time in 48 years, the otherwise blue subway cube has a new design. The Progress Pride Flag complements the rainbow flag with additional colors that specifically represent queer people of color and trans people. And once again the city’s streetcars will be flying flags bearing the Pride Progress colors throughout the city.

Eine öffentliche Uhr, der "Wiener Würfel", in Regebogenfarben wird aufgebaut
© Wiener Linien / Julia Allerding

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Andreas Brunner came up with the idea on a trip to New York in 1994, the 25th anniversary of the "Stonewall Riots". The fight for the equality of LGBT people began with them in 1969. This was celebrated in the Big Apple in a big way. Brunner, co-director of QWIEN, was there at the time and so enthusiastic that right away he knew: "We need something like this in Vienna, too." In 1996, the time finally arrived as the first Rainbow Parade made its way along the Ringstrasse. In the video interview, Brunner remembers and reveals how the premiere in Vienna went back then.

Vienna Pride

25.5. – 9.6.2024
www.viennapride.at

Rainbow Parade

8.6.2024
www.regenbogenparade.at

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