Belgian Pride in Brussels to return this May

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The Belgian Pride march will return to the Belgian capital Brussels on Saturday, May 21 after two years of absence due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Up to 100,000 people are anticipated to attend, Brussels Times reported.

The Pride march will begin at 13:00 at the Mont des Arts and travel through the streets of the Belgian capital before concluding at the same location, where a variety of LGBTI+ artists are set to perform. The theme for this year is ‘Open,’ which is a plea for greater inclusiveness, respect and equal rights for members of the LGBTI+ community.

Various activities are planned in the two weeks leading up to the Pride parade. On May 5, a smaller kick-off parade will take place, passing Manneken Pis. For the event, the statue will be dressed in a Pride costume. The Manneken Pis was created in 1388 and is one of Brussels’ most iconic and well-loved symbols.

Furthermore, several buildings in the Brussels-Capital Region will be lit up in rainbow colors between May 5 and 21 this year. The Pride Village is expected to attract around a hundred associations, artists, and partners in total.

‘’Belgian Pride will be present in the streets of Brussels alongside LGBTI+ activists and associations, this is our priority. In 2022, the visibility of these thousands of people will be increased. Our Parade reinvents itself and will take into account the climate issue by returning to its original form,’’ it was stated on the official website of the event.

‘’Indeed, the 2022 Pride will be on foot. This will bring us closer to the first Pride events and to the protest aspect of the event,’’ it was further stated.

Belgium was ranked second in the European Union for LGBT rights protection by ILGA-Europe (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) in 2021, behind Malta. Back in 2003, Belgium became the second country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. (photo credit: janeb13/Pixabay)