The city of Paris, famous for romance and magic for the real Parisians and the travellers alike, is also known to welcome and celebrate its communities with gay, lesbian, bi, or trans (GLBT) sexual preferences. These communities include the locals as well as travellers.
The annual Gay Pride parade in Paris is an immensely popular and internationally attended event that rejoices in this variety. Also called the “Marche des Fiertes LGBT”, Gay Pride parade is a vibrant affair with multihued getups, raucous music, and vigorous dancing – like one huge street party – along the streets of Paris. The parade also puts forth any issues that the community might be facing, their demands, and also celebrates any progress that helps the GLBT community lead life like any other person in the society.
This annual festival is celebrated on the last Saturday taking place in the month June, when the parade gathers at the Place du 18 Juin 1940, by the Montparnesse-Bienvenue metro stop by 1:30 pm. The parade then dances through the city along Boulevard du Montparnasse, Boulevard St-Michel, and Boulevard St-Germain, eventually crossing the Seine at Pont de Sully, and finishing at Place de la Bastille around 5:30 pm.
The parade draws some 700,000 spectators and the participants and according to reliable sources these numbers are increasing every year. The milieu consists of local LGBT, the travellers, gay rights groups, some of the politicians and the ministers of the French government who support the gay rights, and tens of thousands lining the streets.
The gusto of the parade usually spills over into overnight partying and partying into the weekend, at a variety of clubs, dance bars and party places throughout the city. These venues along with the numerous gay clubs, hotels, pubs, and restaurants organise special events and promotions during Paris’s Gay Pride. The clamour of these events is more in the city’s gay districts – the Le Marais and the Les Halles areas.
With all this throng in the city, the travellers are advised to book accommodations well in advance to avoid any last minute hassle. There are many websites, including the official GLBT site by the Parisian government that list these accommodations. The best thing is that their features, reviews and ratings can help you book the best accommodation online.
Participating in this parade itself is an honour and a pleasure for the community which none can deny!!