Copenhagen Pride celebrates 20th anniversary

Copenhagen Pride Week 2016 will take place this week from August 16 to August 21 in the Danish capital with the notorious parade on August 20. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of pride in Copenhagen and organisers expect yet another record-breaking event.

Copenhagen Pride celebrates 20th anniversary

Bigger and stronger
Since the first pride celebrations in Copenhagen took place back in 1996 when the Danish capital hosted EuroPride the festival has been growing in every way. The parade alone attracted around 150.000 people in 2015 and the steady growth in both visibility and participation is expected to continue in 2016 when Copenhagen Pride can celebrate 20 years of putting diversity, inclusion, tolerance and love on the agenda.

“Copenhagen Pride has grown up to become the largest diversity celebration in Denmark and the biggest and most visible annual festival in Copenhagen. We are proud to see Copenhageners as well as the growing number of visitors embrace our values and join us in all the colours of the rainbow”, says Lars Henriksen, chair of Copenhagen Pride.

Free concerts, proud partying and human rights
Copenhagen Pride is still a festival open to everyone and free to attend for all visitors.
On Tuesday August 16 the City Hall Square in Copenhagen will become Pride Square and thus the centre of rainbow festivities for the rest of the week culminating with the parade and the Pride Show on Saturday.

Every night throughout the week free concerts will be held on Pride Square which will be open from 12.00 – 23.00 daily. During the day visitors can enjoy pop-up shops, bars, entertainment and educational stands on Pride Square while LGBTQ debates, workshops and keynotes take place in the debate tent on the Rainbow Square just across the street.

On Saturday August 20 the Copenhagen Pride Parade will take off from Frederiksberg Town Hall marching via Vesterbrogade to Pride Square where it is expected to arrive at 15.00. The arrival of the parade means the beginning of the Pride Show live on stage, headlined by names such as Medina, Mendoza, Madlick and Camille Jones not to mention legendary DJ Robin Skouteris who is flying in from Greece to put an unforgettable end to the show.

See the full programme for Pride Week 2016 right here and don’t forget to follow Copenhagen Pride on Facebook to stay updated.

Photo: Anders Jung

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