summer, which in the LGBTQ community can only mean one thing, its Pride season
somewhere. In Nice and the whole of the French Rivera, we tend to call it time
for the Pink Parade.
The date changes every year depending on permission from the city for the
street events during the height of the tourism season and it seems every year
it’s on the edge if it will even happen at all. And especially given the tragic
event that took place last summer on the Promenade in Nice on Bastille Day,
security measures are high this year and the city has never felt safer.
Word got out by the organizers from the ALGAE Nice Cote d’Azur committee as
early as possible that this year’s Pink Parade event will be on Saturday,
August 5th, 2017 at 4:30pm starting with a request for everyone to
meet at Place Massena where a reflection will begin honoring those who are no
longer with us.
the gathering then everyone will be welcomed to mobilize as one, and as usual with
these type of street parades, there is a lot of joy, smiles and love in our
Shortly afterwards, at 7pm there will be a ‘Pink
Drink’ outdoor dance party at the MAMAC with various local DJ’s followed by an
evening of entertainment and special events at all the various associations, bars,
restaurants and nightclubs throughout the city.
big thank you needs to go out to the organizers who year after year still have
to push for this important occasion to go forward, as yes, in this day and age
there is plenty of basic rights violations including assaults, discrimination, etc., all
on a daily basis around the world.
Something though that has always been special about the Pink
Parade is, although many of these Pride events around the world have now become
very commercialized, including overpriced parties that exclude many people or
the main reason behind the need for this day of recognition, in Nice, the whole
of the Cote d’Azur comes together truly as a community. Here in Nice, everyone is invited to the Pink
Parade no matter who you love and participation in the day of events is always for
you to enjoy.
Happy Pink Parade 2017 everyone!