Today: Parade, Pride Show & Parties

After a fully packed Pride Week of human rights debates, workshops, concerts, parties and activities the big day of the parade and the final pride show is up. All through and across the centre of Copenhagen the parade, pride show and numerous street parties and events mark the final day and night of Copenhagen Pride Week 2018.

Copenhagen Pride Parade

Copenhagen Pride Parade
Around 40,000 people are expected in the Copenhagen Pride Parade this year, making it yet another record-breaking event. More than 170 groups have registered beforehand and as always people join in on the day, marching along and celebrating love in all the colours of the rainbow.

The parade takes off from Frederiksberg Town Hall Square on Saturday 18. august at 13:00, and participants are urged to show up several hours earlier to prepare and get into position. From 11.00 DJ Wonderboy Cph will be behind the turntables in Frederiksberg Town Hall Square serving pride anthems right up until takeoff at 13.00.

If you feel like watching the parade rather than joining it, popular spots to gather along the route are Vesterbro Torv, Sankt Thomas Plads and at Vesterbrogade between Gasværksvej and Hammerichsgade. Expect the parade to take approximately 2.5 hours to pass by.

The complete parade route is Frederiksberg Town Hall Square – Allégade – Frederiksberg Allé – Vesterbrogade – Hammerichsgade – Jarmers Plads – Vester Voldgade – Copenhagen City Hall Square.

Pride Show & street parties
While DJ’s are playing on Pride Square all Saturday afternoon for those who prefer to hang out there, the real show kicks off once the parade arrives to Pride Square.
This year’s official pride speeches are being held between 16.30 – 17.00 and speakers include both the Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the international LGBT+ activist Alexandr Agapov from the Russian LGBT Sport Federation.

The Pride Show on Pride Square from 17.00 is headlined by Zebra Katz and DJ Robin Skouteris alongside Danish artists Iris Gold, Jonezy, Kill J, L.I.G.A and Moody. The show will also include a special surprise performance of a certain Danish pop song that every Dane around and above the age of 40 will know. The song came out in 1988 and celebrates 30 years this year.

A big part of Saturday during Copenhagen Pride Week is also the various street parties around the City Hall Square. As always the street Studiestræde is closed to all traffic and transformed into a long pride party, and you will also find open-air parties just outside the gay bar Centralhjørnet in Kattesundet, on Regnbuepladsen (the Rainbow Square) hosted by Oscar Bar & Café and in Sankt Peders Stræde hosted by Brøchner Hotels. In general, expect the inner city to be more or less one big pride celebration on Saturday August 18.

Official Pride Party
If you haven’t had enough of partying throughout the day and evening on Saturday, the official Copenhagen Pride Afterparty goes down in Pumpehuset, just next to Pride Square, from 23.00 – 05.00. The two Frankfurt-based DJ’s Cihan Akar and Mark Hartmann are in town to make you dance all night long.

Tickets are available both online and at the door subject to availability that is. An entrance ticket to the official Copenhagen Pride Party will set you back 140 DKK at the door and 120 DKK if bought online via billetto.dk.

Line-up
14.00 – 15.10: Glitter Boys (DK)
15:10 – 15:20: Award: Salmon of the Year
15.20 – 16.30: DJ Gul (DK)
16.30 – 17.00: Official Pride 2018 speeches: Speakers include Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Copenhagen Pride’s Vice-Chairperson Ane Rindom, Copenhagen Mayor for Culture and Leisure Niko Grünfeld, Alexandr Agapov of the Russian LGBT Sports Federation and more.
17.00 – 18.00: Lucas (S), Moody (DK), Housefrau (DK)
18.00 – 19.00: Ivy (S), Iris Gold (DK), Jonezy (DK)
19.00 – 20.00: Ida Corr (DK), Kill J (DK)
20.00 – 21.00: L.I.G.A (DK), Copenhagen Queens – Drag Show (DK)
21.00 – 22.00: Attention Whores / Mendoza (DK), Zebra Katz (US)
22.00 – 23.45: Robin Skouteris (GR)

Pride Square
Copenhagen City Hall Square
1599 Copenhagen

Photo: Wilfred Gachau

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