Paris Pride 2023: Marche des Fiertés LGBT


Paris Pride 2023: Marche des Fiertés LGBT

What is the history of the Gay Pride?

The LGBT Gay Pride was born after the Stonewall riots in New York in 1969. The movement then grew and spread to many countries. France has hosted the event since 1981.

The Paris Gay Pride is a major annual event, both festive and protesting. It brings together more than half a million people every year, thanks to one organisation: the Interassociative lesbian, gay, bi and trans (Inter-LGBT).

Inter-LGBT gathers about 60 associations and more than 200 volunteers. The main mission of this organisation is to fight against discrimination based on morals, sexual orientation or gender identity, in the framework of the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

 

What is the Quinzaine des Fiertés?

The Quinzaine des Fiertés is an annual activist and festive event that takes place over two weeks in June. More than fifty pride events are planned: debates, conferences, screenings, shows, exhibitions and parties that give visibility to the LGBT cause.

This year, several celebrations are planned:

  • Grande fierté parisienne, 24 June 2023;
  • Matinée Paris, 24 June 2023;
  • Docteur Love Pride Edition, 24 June 2023;
  • Après Scandale Paris, June 25, 2023.

These events are organised by associations that work throughout the year for the rights of LGBT+ people and fight against LGBTphobic violence and discrimination, as well as by private LGBT structures. The series of events culminates in the Gay parade.

 

What is the purpose of the LGBT parade?

The organisation of the Paris Gay Pride parade is entirely voluntary. Representatives of Inter-LGBT's member associations meet throughout the year to prepare the event. The funds collected are used to finance the following year's parade and inter-associative projects. Inter-LGBT is recognized as being of general interest.

The parade takes place on Saturday 24 June. It lasts about 4 hours and crosses Paris. The parade usually starts from Montparnasse or Place de la Concorde, crossing some of the emblematic monuments of the city, notably the Jardin des Tuileries, the Panthéon, the Louvre museum and Notre-Dame.

Here is the typical route of the parade:

  • Station de métro Michel Bizot
  • Avenue Daumesnil
  • Rue de Lyon
  • Boulevard Beaumarchais
  • Boulevard du Temple
  • Place de la République.

For the past two years, the floats have left the scene because of climate change, to make way for more environmentally friendly performances. To compensate for the visibility that these floats offer to the artists, a fund was launched with the aim of offering sound vehicles.

How to get there?

Blue route: Hop off at stop n°4 Notre-Dame / Quartier Latin.

The procession ends at Place de la République and continues with a Pride celebration from 5 to 10 pm, organised by Inter-LGBT. Many internationally renowned artists will perform a free concert and personalities and representatives of associations will deliver messages on health prevention and the fight against discrimination. The party continues in the adjacent streets with many cafés, bars and clubs nearby.

 

How to get to the After Party in the Marais?

Le Marais, a gay district known for hosting most of the LGBT bars, restaurants and shops, is hosting non-stop parties throughout the weekend. Among the busiest streets are Rue des Ecouffes, Rue du Temple and Rue Vieille du Temple.

The lively gay bars are within walking distance of the Place de la République, where the gathering usually ends. The following bars offer a wide range of options for visitors:

  • Enjoy the After Pride Apero at  Cox, one of the best gay bars in the city;
  • Head to  Les Souffleurs, a small queer bar with a dancefloor cellar;
  • Spend an unforgettable evening at one of the Marais district's leading establishments, Cud Bar.

How to get there?

Blue route: Get off at the n°4 Notre-Dame / Quartier Latin stop.

To find all these places and to help you find your way around Paris, download the Tootbus application available on App Store and Play Store.

Enjoy your Parisian getaway by discovering the capital with guided walking tours. The Tootbus app has a Tootwalk feature, which allows you to wander around the city of love with three tours:

  • Paris, the Fashion Capital (1 hour)
  • The Parisian art of living (1 hour with break at La Durée)
  • Around the Iron Lady (1 hour)

 

To continue your visit of the french capital, discover our ideas of festivals in Paris this summer.