The 7th annual Prague Pride took place from August 7 to August 13. The week-long festival celebrating the LGBT community had a record attendance of 85,000 people. Three thousand more people took part in the celebrations compared to last year. Around 35,000 people watched Saturday’s parade and 24,000 visitors gathered in Letná for the music program.
“Last year, even though we had twenty more events, the attendance was lower than this year’s. This year’s individual events had a much bigger turnout,” says Bohdana Rambousková, spokesperson for the festival. Exhibitions, debates and theater performances were among the most popular events.
According to data provided by mobile phone carriers, around 4,000 visitors were foreigners. About 17% were from the USA, 16% from Italy, 14% from Germany and 11% from France. A significant number of visitors came from Russia, the Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, and Poland.
Festival organizers rented an area of 35,00 square meters on Letná, where they placed three large podiums, information stands for various non-profit organizations and an HIV testing booth, in which the Czech Aids Help Society conducted a total of 423 tests. The organizers ensured proper clean up after the festival of not only the rented area but also the entire Letná park.
Festival organizers are already preparing for next year’s 8th annual Prague Pride. The festival will take place from August 6 to August 12, 2018. The association will also help organize a charity run on May 17 for the International Day Against Homophobia, which will raise money for HIV prevention and treatment of AIDS.