Category Archives: Pride Parade Videos

Jerusalem Pride – July 29, 2010

Thousands marched in the Holy Land on Thursday as part of the Jerusalem LGBT equality march.

There were no floats and no DJs, as this year’s Jerusalem March was being held in remembrance for the 2 people tragically killed at last year’s LGBT youth center shooting in Tel Aviv.  An estimated 1,500 police were in attendance, more as a preventative measure, as protests were minor.

Participants marched from Independence Park to the Parliament building, where a rally was held asking the government to promote equality and help end the violence toward Israel’s LGBT community.

See Images of Jerusalem Pride and of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance at:

http://wwpbehindthephotos.wordpress.com
(Jerusalem Pride)

Jerusalem Pride March 2010
http://wwpbehindthephotos.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/jerusalem-pride/

Sofia Pride – Images and Video!

A gallery for Sofia Pride is now online.

This was the country’s third Pride …

Sofia Pride

Http://wwpbehindthephotos.wordpress.com
(Sofia Pride 2010)

YouTube Videos:

Arriving in Sofia, Bulgaria

On Sunday night we left Zagreb by train headed first to Belgrade, Serbia, and then by connecting train to Sofia, Bulgaria.  Going by train was a change of pace from all the flying we’ve been doing recently, but fifteen hours on a train seemed rather grueling by the end.  Anyway, now we’re in Sofia to document the project’s 11th Pride.  Like most place in Eastern Europe it is not very easy to hold a Pride event here, which makes getting to know the people who do organize these events all the more interesting.

We didn’t have much time to settle into Sofia as about an hour after the train arrived we were due to attend a press briefing to officially start the week of Sofia Pride.  One of the organizers of this year’s pride is Marko, who we’d had a chance to meet during Athens Pride (and the regional solidarity conference held beforehand).  In addition to the press briefing, Marko informed us that they were also opening a photo exhibit that night showing images from past Sofia Prides.

The history of Sofia Pride is still relatively young.  The first Pride took place in 2008 with about 150 participants, but also with strong opposition from local far-right wing groups.  During the event Molotov cocktails were thrown, and 88 protestors were arrested.  The second Pride, 2009, faired better with 300 pro-LGBT participants, support of dozen of foreign embassies, and no violence.  This year will be the third Pride March, and it has the theme of “Love equality, embrace diversity”

Here’s some a video/pics of the past marches:

As you’ll notice in 2009 Pride participants were given hard hats to wear!

Sofia Pride 2009:

Sofia Pride 2008:

Pride Images


Zagreb Pride 2010 – June 19, 2010

Zagreb Pride was energetic and colorful, with over 500 participants in attendance.  While outrageous costumes are not the norm for this pride, there were lots of rainbows and balloons to give the event a festive feel.  The march route started at a large square in town – the “square of the victims of fascism”, and went along city street to Zagreb’s main square (where the anti-Pride march was taking place), before it headed South to end up in a big park – Park Ponosa.

With the sound of beating drums, whistles, and Pride cheers, the march proudly proceeded by watching bystanders toward Zagreb’s main square.  Police in riot gear walked next to participants, forming a moving blockade around the group.  The city had granted permission for members of the youth faction of a right-wing group to protest in the main square.  Made up of around 60 teenagers and young adults, these anger filled youths yelled oaths and obscenities at the marchers.  The police had wanted the march to go on the far South side of the square, behind the kiosks, and far away from the anti-gay protesters.  However, the pride leaders refused and won the right to march proudly in the streets of Zagreb’s main square, instead of the far sidewalk.  While the protesters were kept back by a metal barricade and a human barricade made up of police, there was still a defining moment during the pride when the two sides faced off.

When the Pride first reach the main square it halted, as the parade spread out so participants could look upon the haters.  The marchers chanted and blew whistles, with several raising two fingers to display the peace sign.  Those against the march, and the people in it, raised their fingers in a different gesture, shouted obscenities, and I saw one guy showing his dissatisfaction by unbuttoning his pants to flash marchers.  This whole scene lasted only a few minutes, before the Pride started up again and continued down another block.

At this point some of the protestors tried to follow the Pride by making a dash through the inside of mall, but were stopped by police, with some being arrested.  Caught on tape, there is a footage of one of these homophobic kids telling the police that if he is arrested his mother would kill him at home (a rough translation), at which point he was brutally kicked in the head.  Note: The officials of Zagreb Pride have come out to condemn this action, labeling it as disgusting behavior.

At the fenced off park, the Pride ended with speeches and music.  There was a release in tension as the march had successfully ended.  Unfortunately, it also gave a false sense of security, as the whole thing isn’t really over, especially as the right-wing youths filled with aggression aren’t ready to give up and go home for the night.

At the park I had talked with a Bosnian girl who had grown up in San Francisco, she had left the park to go get some food with two Norwegian guys – tourists that hadn’t know about the Pride before, but had decided to join in.  Later that night when we returned to the artist collective for the after party we saw her again, they had been attacked.  Eleven young guys had jumped them from behind, punching and kicking all three.  That same evening two other local participants of Zagreb Pride were attacked by young thugs who recognized them from the Pride.  It such a shame that such a positive event is marred by violence, and the huge cowardice of these attacks.

However, I’d like to think not of the haters, but the several people I spoke with who were attending this as their first Pride after coming out, and how much participating in this event had really meant to them, and to all those there in support of pride.

Here are some more videos:

Anti – Pride

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Istanbul Trans Pride (VIDEO + Photos!)

Video of Istanbul’s First Trans Pride!

(So sorry if you are trying to view this video from Turkey, unless you have figured out a way around the YouTube block!)


AND New images of the pride are on our WWP Blog:

Istanbul Trans Pride

http://wwpbehindthephotos.wordpress.com 
(Istanbul’s First Trans Pride)

Athens Pride 2010

Greece was a huge shock.  After the last few Prides we’ve attended in Eastern Europe, it was a little unnerving (but at the same time refreshing) to see Athens Pride take place so openly in the middle of the city.  Despite some of the morning events being canceled due to another march by a local worker’s union, there was still a strong gay presence at the meeting point of Klafthmonos Square all day.

Athens Pride 2010 Setup

Chad and I arrived around 1pm, although the actual parade wasn’t scheduled until 6pm.  White tents were set up around the public square, containing LGBT supportive organizations and businesses.  As each hour passed, the number of people present in the open area steadily increased, until it got difficult even to move without bumping into someone.  And, the atmosphere of the square was very playful, with bursts of confetti being shot into the air, and people hanging out with friends in front of the large monument that dominated the square.

Athens Pride 2010 Monument

Thousands of people were ready to take part in the pride parade, and amazingly protesters were practically non-existent.  Those who did complain were mainly a few elderly people who would pass the square, yell something, and then go on their way.  In fact, there was only one lady really protesting, a religious fanatic who clasped a picture of Jesus.  However, it was nothing like the intolerance and homophobia we’ve encountered at some of the last Pride festivals we’d attended.

Athens Pride 2010 Greece

Around 6, the parade started with the large rainbow flag stretched out to lead the Pride.  As TV crews and photographers circled to get images from the start of the pride, the lady holding the picture of Jesus jumped in front.  Instead of pushing her out of the way, participants took her in with a smile, even inviting her onto one of the floats … where she spent the entire parade ‘protesting’ with her picture of Jesus to the tunes of Madonna and Lady GaGa.

Athens Pride 2010 Protester

A little under 5,000 people showed up to march, with even more joining the parade as it went along the streets of downtown Athens, and there were two decorated floats blasting music as people danced.  Going along with the theme ‘we are everywhere,’ the first float showcased LGBT persons in different occupations (this was the float carrying the protestor).  The second was a truck full of transsexual dancers dressed in sexy outfits.  However, the majority of people were dressed in normal clothes, with many of the LGBT couples holding hands, all proudly marching.  Taking up the rear of the march was a group holding signs, chanting “what do want? – Equal rights” and “When do we want them? – NOW!”

Athens Pride 2010 Sign

The pride procession went down some of the main streets of Athens, past the Parliament building, and lasted for almost 1.5 miles (2.4km).

Happy Pride Athens!


Moscow Pride 2010 = Success!

No arrests.  No police.  No skinheads.

I’m pleased to report that the 5th Moscow Pride went extremely well.  Waiting in the headquarters, before the Pride, with over 30 Russian, Belorussian, and International activists, everyone was nervous.  Looking at the history of the Pride, and the 40 people arrested last year, those participating were fearing the worst, and hoping for the best.

What helped this year was the use of disinformation, which kept the police and skinheads far away from the real action.  As the opposition gathered in front of city hall, gay pride activists marched in a different part of the city.

When we got the call the Pride was to begin, everyone quickly went in small groups to the designated area.  As soon as activists arrived, the pride began.  In Russian, there were shouts of “Russia without homophobes” and “Rights for gays,” while participants grabbed hold of the 20m flag, hand-sewn and brought in from Belorussia.

Moscow Pride 2010

Moscow Pride 2010, photograph by Charles Meacham

As quickly as it started, everything evaporated.  The flag was folded up, and activists dashed in different directions.  Police hadn’t arrived yet, but everyone knew they were coming.  Only a few minutes after people scattered, and a police van pulled up.  But, there was no one to arrest.

Much later, those who participated in the Pride began to gather to celebrate today’s victory.  Let’s just say everyone was quite happy, especially proving the Mayor wrong who said no gay pride could take place in Moscow …

Photos to be posted very soon on http://walkwithpridenow.com

Video of the pride:

Photos and Video of GayFest 2010 in Bucharest, Romania

A new gallery of images from Romania’s GayFest have now been posted!

GayFest 2010 in Bucharest Romania

http://wwpbehindthephotos.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/gayfest-romania-may-22-2010/

Also, check out the WWP’s video of the event …

Baltic Pride – videos

More video of Baltic Pride (1) - From Delfi.lt

Video (2) – From Lrytas.lt

Video (3) – From YouTube

Baltic Pride 2010 – May 8 (Sat)

We just got back from Baltic Pride … it was an honor to participate in Lithuania’s first pride march, and it was a very memorable experience.

This morning we met with other supporters at the meeting place in the Conti Hotel.  There was an air of anticipation among those who gathered, as this event was the first of its kind to take place in Vilnius.  Not only Lithuanians, but people from all over the Baltic region, and across Europe joined to support the march.  Large buses carried everyone to the demonstration’s starting point.  The permit that Baltic Pride organizers were able to obtain allowed 350 in all to participate.

When we arrived there were already people gathered on the opposite side of the river, as well as any accessible point around the perimeter of the area.  I saw very few of these people carrying protest signs, but instead most seemed to be watching; maybe waiting to see what would happen.

The city had provided 800 police to keep everyone safe.  Many along the perimeter were in riot gear, but there were also police on horses, and even on Segways.  As everyone gathered, I saw large signs of the different organizations in attendance – Amnesty, ILGA, the Estonian Youth League, Mosaic, and LGL (sorry if I missed anybody).

Here’s video of the march:

At one point those opposing the march became more vocal.  Smoke began billowing up from the East perimeter, but I spoke with Chad who said he thought the police were using that to push back the protesters, but wasn’t sure.  There was also a yellow inflatable raft briefly launched into the river, with 2 guys shouting derogatory remarks in English.  However, this did not last very long.

The whole march lasted maybe 30 minutes, and then veered into a large green field where a stage had been put up.  Music played, followed by organizers getting up and speaking on stage, while everyone stood around listening.  They also announced plans for next year’s Baltic Pride march, which will take place in Estonia.

After the march, I asked some Vilnius locals who attended the march what they though.  They were pleased that everything went well, but also mentioned that it was “heartbreaking we have to be separated by the river.”

Chad will be posting photos from the march within the next couple of days.  They’ll be available at: http://walkwithpridenow.com