Prague Pride March attracts 30,000 supporters, but faces minor protests

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08/12/2019

The annual Prague Pride March on August 10 attracted approximately 30,000 participants, despite some rain. The march, and a week of Prague Pride events ahead of it celebrate the LGBT+ community. The number was a bit below the 40,000 in last year’s parade but above the 8,000 who participated in 2011. While support came from a wide array of groups and organizations including Prague City Hall, which flew a rainbow flag all week, there were a few incidents of protest. These, however, did not overshadow the events and were hardly noticed. The parade was led by two cars with grand marshals: actor Jiří Hromada, politician Karla Šlechtová (ANO) and Roma activist David Tišer. IT firms Google and Microsoft had floats. Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib and Czech Pirate Party leader Ivan Bartoš also participated with a float. There was a large delegation from Taiwan, the first Asian nation to allow same-sex marriage, among dozens of participating groups and firms.

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