Prague Pride, the city’s LGBTQ+ festival, is set to take place for the thirteenth year in a row. As is customary, many companies, organizations, and government bodies support the event by flying the rainbow flag.
This year, the city hall of Prague 1 has announced that it will also show its support by flying the flag. The district’s mayor, Terezie Radoměřská, has taken it upon herself to sponsor the flag. “I consider the flying of the rainbow flag, symbolizing unity in diversity, to be a significant symbol of respect for human rights,” she said in a statement on the Prague 1 website.
The flag will fly over the district’s town hall for the first time in four years. The town hall will hold a small ceremony on Monday, August 7th, at 11 am to celebrate the event. In addition to David Bodečka, the district’s deputy mayor, who is independent, actor Jan Cina, actress Radka Pavlovčinová, and her brother, dancer, and singer Adam, will also raise the rainbow flag.
Prague Pride will host the city until Sunday, August 13th. As part of the effort to raise awareness of sexual minorities, there will be musical and theatrical performances on Střelecký Island and discussions on sexual orientation, prejudices, and hate.
The highlight of Prague Pride is the Pride March, which takes place every year. This year, the march will start on Saturday, August 12th, shortly after noon, from the lower part of Wenceslas Square to Letná Park.
In recent years, the event has not gone without the participation of security and anti-conflict teams, as members of right-wing extremist or religious groups often attack the Pride March.
This year, the Prague 1 district has announced on its website that it will have a proud representation during the flag-raising and in the march itself.