Organisers expect up to a million visitors to the Europride 2019 Festival being held in the first two weeks of June in Vienna.
Around fifty events are taking place during the festival, including the EuroPride Parade on 15 June. where there are expected to be a record 300,000 participants and viewers lining the route of the parade around the Vienna Ring.
Moritz Yvon, Chairman of the Homosexual Initiative (HOSI) Vienna, said: “The Rainbow Parade is the largest political rally in Austria. One reason for this is that not only LGBTIQ people take to the streets, but all people who work together with us for human rights”.
Vienna’s famous Life Ball, being held this year for the 26th and final time, will feature at the half-way point of EuroPride. The opening of the AIDS charity event is open to the public and will start at 21.30 on 08 June at the Rathausplatz.
Other events during the fortnight include a ‘Pride Run’, the EuroPride Beach Day at Hermanns Strandbar and the EuroPride Pool Day at Schönbrunnerbad.
There will also be a three-day EuroPride Conference under the patronage of Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen to discuss the economic importance of Pride as well as LGBTIQ human rights and current issues.
Two tent cities will be erected – the EuroPride Village at Rathausplatz in front of the city town hall and the EuroPride Park in Sigmund-Freud-Park.
Anti-discrimination Vienna City Councillor Jürgen Czernohorszky said: “The fact that EuroPride will take place in Vienna this year is a great honour for the city and in particular also a sign of the strength and vitality of the Viennese LGBTIQ community. As Austria’s rainbow capital, the City of Vienna stands side by side with the community and together we are looking forward to welcoming Europe to Vienna.”