Did you miss Antwerp Pride? If so, you can be sure that you missed one of the best open-air parties in the city. Those who were there know what I'm talking about. It was huge, it was friendly and it was very colourful. The LGBT community definitely showed its best side! The main event of the rainbow week, the Antwerp Pride Parade, started next to Waterpoort in Antwerp's trendy South district and ended in front of the city's prettiest castle, Het Steen. On this route many, many people showed up to share their support, including Jewish and Arab families, senior couples and even Antwerp's vice mayor Philip Heylen, who walked in front of the parade, helping to carry the huge rainbow flag.
A sign that the City of Antwerp is open-minded wasn't just the attendance of its vice mayor on this event - the Antwerp police even took their part in the parade - and in doing so, broke the links between police and bullying of the LGBT community, that is still such a huge issue in many countries all over the world. In their 'Rainbows Cops' T-shirts and 'Diversiteit' police truck they were really present.
After the parade, different parties all over town continued until the early morning. If you missed this event, there are still more Pride events all over Europe coming up. You can visit Prague Pride on Saturday August 16 - and explore my beautiful country. Or maybe the last August weekend suits you better? Then you have the chance to visit Pride in Leicester (UK) or Copenhagen (Denmark). Party on & keep safe!