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In just 2 years Prague Pride has grown into the biggest LGBT festival of the former communist countries of central and eastern Europe, with 40.000 visitors in 2012.

It has shown that Prague is the most liberal capital of the region, so it was no surprise when Lonely Planet listed Prague among the top 10 of friendliest cities for gays and that Prague Pride has recently been listed among Europe’s 10 best prides on . Prague Pride is proud to act as an exemplary beacon of openness and tolerance for its neighbours in the region.

This year, Prague Pride will be held from the 12th to 18th August, with the parade and following concert on Saturday the17th. The week will be filled with a wide range of cutting-edge events to suit everybody. It will consist of 7 days filled with entertainment, concerts, exhibitions, theatre, debates and much more, at various attractive locations in the beautiful Czech capital. Several parties will cater the different tastes of the LGBT community but you ca expect great entertainment from international stars and DJs such as Danny Verde.

The parade will lead through Prague’s historical centre at the end of which a free concert and information market will be held. The concert will have a DJ stage as well as a bigger podium where several Czech and foreign artists will perform, including Hercules and Love Affair sound system from New York.
For the first time there will also be a Pride Village running all week next to the National Theatre. It will function as an information centre as well as a place where exhibitions, performances and events will be organised.

The theme of Prague Pride 2013 is ‘Let our colours out’ and will focus on coming-out in all its facets.  The program will reflect this theme in various ways, including an exhibition on coming-out in different environments & a debate on coming-out in politics.
Although it may seem passé for many western Europeans, coming-out in the Czech Republic and further East, especially publicly or in the workplace is still relatively rare.
“The aim of the campaign is to make general public realize that process of coming-out is complex and needs to be supported and to make LGBT people realize that it is worth it to live an honest life,” says the director of the festival Czeslaw Walek.    
Photos: Martin Goss/Prague pride