Gay and lesbian friends at the Rainbow Parade

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Vienna Pride and Rainbow Parade

Vienna Pride, which is held in Vienna every year in June, is now a legendary event. Once again this year, all eyes are on the LGBT community from June 1 to 18. And for the first time, Vienna City Hall, the city's official government building, will be open for Vienna Pride. Around 200,000 people take part in the Rainbow Parade, Austria's biggest demonstration. And it runs along the world's most beautiful boulevard: The Ringstrasse.

On June 15, there's a Pride reception in the colonnaded courtyard of City Hall; on June 16, there's a conference. And on the day of the Rainbow Parade, a community village will be set up on City Hall Square, where the Pride Celebration will take place after the parade. The motto of this year's Pride is "Together We Rise".

Pride events

Like every year, numerous events will be held around Vienna Pride: Guided tours of the city and museums like the Leopold Museum or the Vienna Museum of Technology, the Pride Run Vienna (June 3), the Vienna Pride Pool Day at Schönbrunner Bad (June 4), and the Vienna Pride Beach Day at the Vienna City Beach Club (June 8). Parties will be held at the Pride DJ Cocktail in the 25hours Hotel on June 12, and at the Pride Sun Downer Cocktail in the Meliá Vienna on June 13 and 16. There are also many informational events, presentations, and workshops on and for the community.

The Wiener Linien also set a beautiful example again in 2023: For the first time, Vienna's trams will operate throughout the city decked out not in rainbow flags, but in flags with the Pride Progress colors. The so-called Progress Pride Flag adds further colors to the rainbow flag that specifically represent queer people of color and trans people.

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The history of the Rainbow Parade

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

June 1-18, 2023

Rainbow Parade

June 17, 2023

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