Jul 24, 2023

Prague Pride to be Supported with Rainbow Flags on City Buildings

Prague is set to embrace the spirit of inclusivity and support the LGBTQ+ community by flying rainbow flags on prominent city buildings during the upcoming Prague Pride festival.

The New Town Hall on Mariánské náměstí and Škodovo Palace on Jungmannova Street will proudly display the colorful emblem from 7 to 13 August, as approved by the city council on Monday.

The annual Prague Pride festival, dedicated to celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals, will also receive financial backing from the city, as has been the tradition in previous years.

Organizers, however, had voiced their concerns when the city initially indicated no plans for street flag displays and illuminating the Petřín Tower in rainbow colors.

Addressing these concerns, Councillor Adam Zábranský (Pirates) revealed that the council’s approval ensures the support will remain on par with previous editions.

Under the auspices of the metropolitan authority, the Prague Pride event has been bolstered by a contribution of CZK 700,000 from the municipality. An additional CZK 123,000 was allocated for the Fun&Run charity run, which supports the fight against homophobia and HIV prevention, according to Prague spokesman Tadeáš Provazník.

Despite some recent criticism about the level of support from the capital city, Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda (ODS) reiterated the city’s ongoing commitment to the festival’s non-profit activities. “While I cannot responsibly endorse the commercial aspects of the event, the tradition of supporting Prague Pride will continue steadfastly in the years to come,” he responded.

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Following the city council’s approval, Councillor Zábranský took to social media to clarify that the municipality’s symbolic support for the festival will mirror that of previous years, including the display of rainbow flags on public lighting poles and illuminating the Petřín tower.

Prior to the commencement of the Prague Pride festivities, Prague City Hall will demonstrate its solidarity with other causes by flying the Romani flag on its buildings on 2 August to commemorate International Romani Holocaust Day.

The much-anticipated Prague Pride festival will span from 7 to 13 August, featuring an impressive lineup of over 150 events held across various locations in the city.

Highlighting the importance of traditions in society, this year’s 13th edition adopts the theme “More traditional than you think” and will culminate in a lively parade from Wenceslas Square to Letná on Saturday, 12 August.

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