Prague, July 20 (CTK) – The 5th Prague Pride festival will culminate with the traditional carnival march in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community starting at 14:00 on Saturday, August 15, the festival’s spokeswoman Bohdana Rambouskova told CTK yesterday.
On August 10, the festival’s opening concert will present the Austrian bearded “lady” Conchita Wurst, winner of the Eurovision song contest, and Czech singers Aneta Langerova and Jaro Smejkal.
Same as last year, the march will start in the city’s central Wenceslas Square and end in the Letna park where a music festival will be held. Organisers expect 10,000 people to join the march.
Within the festival, film screenings, conferences, discussions, exhibitions, guided tours and dances will take place. A festival centre offering cultural events, sports and other entertainment will be operating in the Strelecky ostrov island from Monday to Friday.
On Friday, The London Gay Men’s Chorus will perform.
The Prague Pride festival was held for the first time in August 2011.
Conservative groups strongly protested against the first festival and then president Vaclav Klaus called for the fight against the ideology of “homosexualism”, which he said the festival promoted.
In the following years, the protests were rather small. Some groups plan to organise protests in places that the marchers are going to pass.
On the day of the march, the Young Christian Democrats will traditionally hold a pro-family march in the city’s centre.