The Belgian Pride Parade in Brussels

Brussels in the colours of the rainbow

For more than 25 years, the Belgian LGBTQIA+ community has been gathering every year in May in Brussels for Belgian Pride. Known as Belgian Lesbian and Gay Pride until 2016, the event is still gathering more and more participants over the years.

For this occasion, the city of Brussels is decked out in the colours of the LGBT flag for almost a month. The former European capital of culture encourages all inhabitants to participate: distribution of flags, public lighting, pavements and pedestrian crossings in rainbow colours, artistic canvases, etc.

While all parts of the city are animated, including the small streets, it is the Grand-Place district that remains the epicentre of the event. Pubs, restaurants, cafés... you will find plenty to drink and eat while enjoying the festive atmosphere until the end of the night.

Belgian Pride 2022

Because Brussels wants to be cosmopolitan and inclusive, it welcomes all participants wishing to attend Belgian Pride, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The theme was therefore quite appropriate this year: "Open", echoes of equality, diversity, respect and inclusion.

Several activities will punctuate this period placed under the sign of diversity, inclusion and solidarity. While the atmosphere is conducive to parties and parades, the Brussels parade is different because of its more serious interventions. You will have the opportunity, if you want, to attend debates and conferences on a wide range of subjects, from gay rights to gay culture.

Kick-Off Belgian Pride 2022

Get in the mood for Belgian Pride with the Kick-Off Belgian Pride evening on 5 May 2022. Meet at the Grand-Place from 6pm to celebrate the approach of Pride.

After a reception welcoming the associations at the Town Hall, a march will start from the Grand-Place to carry the rainbow flag through the streets of Brussels. The route will pass in front of the Manneken Pis, dressed for the occasion in Pride colours, and will then continue in the Rainbow Village (Saint-Jacques district) to finally end at the RainbowHouse Brussels.

How to get there?

Red route: Hop off at stop 14 Sablon / Zavel

Blue route: Hop off at stop 1 Gare Centrale / Centraal Station or stop no. 13 Manneken Pis.

Pride Village

On 21 May, from midday, you can enjoy the party in the Pride Village. Located in the Mont des Arts, a historical place in Brussels, it is a central point of Pride Day where all communities come together.

The Pride Stage will host both national and international artists, including DJs, bands, dancers and musicians. The Women's Square, for its part, has been designed by and for women.

Around 50 LGBTQIA+ associations and organisations will also be present. This is an opportunity for visitors to discover the actions carried out since 2019 and to try out the interactive experiences proposed. The organisations will close the day in the village with speeches on social and political demands based on this year's theme. The speeches are intended to be representative and will be transcribed either in Dutch, French, English or sign language.

For food and drink throughout the day, bars and food trucks catering for all diets are organised in areas around the village. They offer cuisine from all over the world. There is something for everyone!

Everything has been designed to make you feel safe and celebrate safely.

How to get there?

Red route: Hop off at stop 14 - Gare Centrale / Centraal Station

Blue route: Hop off at stop 1 - Gare Centrale / Centraal Station

The Pride Parade

The parade starts at the Pride Village a 2pm on 21 May. A giant rainbow flag is removed from the stage and carried through the crowd towards the launch point, the Bourse. The launch will be broadcast live on social networks.

After two years without a Gay Day parade, the highlight of Belgian Pride intends to make up for lost time. Exuberant and colourful, it will march through the city centre. The Pride Parade, although festive, is above all significant for defending the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community.

In addition to the events organised by Belgian Pride, you can also take part in the initiatives of the partners, the Partner Events, and of the organisations, associations and venues of the community, the LGTI+ Events.

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