Copenhagen Pride history and LGBTQ rights in Denmark
Every August since 1999 the capital of Denmark fills with colors, music, boisterous laughs and a vivid crowd celebrating LGBTQ human rights. It’s the time of the year for Copenhagen Pride. The festival has actually been taking place since 1996 but in the first few years it was held in June and until 1998 it was called Mermaid Pride. Over five days, several events, concerts, film projections and of course, a parade, liven up the city.
Denmark is one of the most open-minded countries regarding the LGBTQ community; same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1933. Moreover, in 1989 Denmark granted legal recognition to same-sex unions in the form of “registered partnerships”. It was the first country in the world. Since 2012, same-sex marriages are legal in the country and same-sex couples are allowed to jointly adopt.
What to see at Copenhagen Pride 2017
For locals and foreigners, Copenhagen Pride is a big celebration and is among the most famous around the world. This year the festival will take place from August 15th to 20th with lots of music, performances and plenty of food and drinks.
The human rights programme will take place on the Rainbow Square (Regnbuepladsen) between August 15th-18th, including workshops, speeches, LGBTQ debates and many more events. Regnbuepladsen is close to the Latin Quarter, one of the most beautiful districts in Copenhagen. The neighborhood is known for its vivid nightlife and brims with LGBTQ nightclubs and bars.
Every evening on the same dates, the Pride Stage will be set on the The City Hall Square – hosting plenty of free concerts and performances including Europe’s largest drag show, up-and-coming LGBTQ artists and a night full of unforgettable golden oldies songs. The City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) that will be transformed into Pride Square for five days is located in the heart of Copenhagen, so it’s quite easy to get there. It’s close to Vesterport station and walking distance from Nørreport station. Moreover, there are plenty of buses stopping right in front of the square so use rejseplanen.dk to find which one fits you best.
The colorful parade will take place on Saturday August 19th starting at 1pm from Frederiksberg City Hall and will head towards the City Hall Square which is the final destination. It’s expected that by approximately 3pm the parade will have ended and the big Pride show will start.
On the 20th of August, the final day of the Pride Week, the party will be transferred to Meatpacking District (Kødbyen). Restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs will be open to welcome thousands of people.
Copenhagen Pride Pre-Party
This year the pre-party will take place on the 18th of August at Bøssehuset, a cultural center for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Bøssehuset is located at Christiania, Copenhagen’s hippie district, and it usually hosts cultural projects, theater plays, music, exhibitions, lectures, and of course parties. At Pride’s pre-party, DJs will be playing their upliftings tunes until 3am.
On the 19th of August, the whole city will be celebrating love, so make sure to keep your eyes open. A new event in town, LOVE FEST will be taking place in a street just a stone’s throw from the Pride Square. The part of Sankt Peders Stræde in front of Hotel SP34 will be transformed into a party area. Pop-up bars will be serving cold beers and tasty cocktails, while DJs will be spinning their discs from 3pm until 8pm. Make sure to stop by and watch Copenhagen Pride parade passing in front of you.
Oscar Bar & Cafe will hold its own party on August 19th, with lots of music and experienced barmen serving delicious refreshments. The famous gay-friendly bar is located on The Rainbow Square (Regnbuepladsen) and is among the most popular in the city.
Oscar Bar & Cafe, Regnbuepladsen 7, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 33 12 09 99