WHAT: Enjoy all the colour, energy and pageantry of the annual Athens Pride parade as it takes over Syntagma Square for the first time this Saturday (instead of nearby Klafthmonos Square), becoming a visible and dynamic presence, in keeping with this year’s motto.
The 2017 motto – “It’s Education” – aims to raise awareness on the issues that concern the LGBTQI community in Greece, mainly the legal recognition of gender identity.
Education, in this broader context, refers to the concepts of schooling, upbringing, learning and culture cultivation.
“The society we strive for values empathy, solidarity and respect for all human beings, regardless of their sexuality, gender, and gender expression,” say Athens Pride 2017 organisers.
The official opening ceremony for this year’s festival will take place at 7pm in the presence of Athens Mayor, Giorgos Kaminis, foreign diplomats and representatives of the Justice Ministry. The Pride Parade will then begin from Syntagma Square and participants will march through the city center and the main streets surrounding the Hellenic Parliament. A concert will take place at Syntagma square later in the evening with Greek artists Shaya, Yiorgis Christodoulou and Other View among others.
The first Athens Pride took place in June 2005 and marked the first Pride Parade through the city center and past the Hellenic Parliament during daylight hours. Since then, the Athens Pride festival has grown and in June 2014 included 20,000 people of all ages.
WHEN: Saturday, June 10, from 5pm.
WHERE: Syntagma Square and surrounding streets.