Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Summer Fun with Dolly Party!

It just wouldn't be summer without the traditional Dolly White Party taking place in Nice!

A highly anticipated event, this outdoor gathering is held in le Petite Marais (an affectionate nod to the gay district of Paris) area of Nice on rue Bonaparte just off of Garibaldi Square.

Everyone is welcome to attend this all inclusive, white party to meet new people and dance on the streets to the beats of numerous DJ's on stage.

This lively event is brought together by the Centre LGBT Cote d'Azur and raises not only funds for the center but also brings awareness by numerous health and rights groups through various stands surrounding the party.

If there are any rules at all, it's basically just to have fun and wear all white! The local bars and restaurants that normally line the streets of the free event will be serving drinks and food from their entrances.
Here is some helpful information about the Dolly Party held on Wednesday, August 14:
The Dolly White Party is back at Place du Pin from 6pm to midnight.
There are four entrances to access the Dolly White Paty: you can enter at: rue Martin-Seytour, rue Boyer, rue Bonaparte (côté rue Cassini) et rue Bonaparte côté rue Emmanuel Philibert. These entries will be filtered and secured.

We advise everyone to arrive at the event without a large backpack nor helmet, cutting object or bottles for easy access, as they will not be allowed in the event.

It's advised to use public transit to get to the event as the streets surrounding the area will be closed to traffic and parking will be hard to find.
There will be a toilets: a free toilet (urinal block and toilet blocks) will be available behind the scenes of the event, just look for the signs. Due to volume, businesses usually do not allow people to use their facilities.

Have the best night everyone and a safe, enjoyable time!

Photo credits:

Guillaume Eymard

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Nice Pink Parade 2019!

It’s that time of year again, in the height of the summer in the Cote d’Azur when the LGBTI community comes together throughout the region to celebrate on a sunny afternoon in Nice with the Pink Parade.

As with every year in various parts of France, Pride is held at different times of the summer. This year, the Pink Parade in Nice takes place on Saturday, July 27, 2019.
Like the charms of France itself, what seems to make each of these Pride celebrations special is that they are community driven. The city of Nice for the Pink Parade is the central location for the weekend of events with those coming from as far away as Saint Tropez, Marseille, Paris and many other locations and countries.

No matter your background or nationality, everyone can join in solidarity for this very festive event. And instead of watching from the sidelines, one can actually walk in the parade route and be a part of it all and dance through the streets with various DJ’s spinning tracks on the various floats. 
There is nothing better than being the heart of an event like this and seeing people as you walk by smiling and cheering you on.

This year is marked with special importance as well as part of the theme of this parade is the remembrance of what started Pride…the Stonewall riots in New York on the evening of 1969 which kicked off the LGBT movement for generations to come.

The movement started to as part of awareness and to put a stop to daily persecutions, homophobia, and discrimination and to promote equal rights for all.
Although quite a few advances have been made with varying degrees around the world in terms of new laws and fundamental rights, unfortunately more still needs to be done so that is why the Pride Parade still takes place once a year around the globe.
To be a part of this weekend’s event, everyone will gather near the Square Head - Tête Carrée (pont Barla/St Jean-Baptiste) and between Rue Defly at 16H30 with the march starting at 17H. 
Basically just follow the crowds, the Pink Parade will go on for approximately two hours and lead all the way back at the MAMAC where at 19H until midnight the big Pink Dance Party will take place outside. 
In Nice for the Pink Parade, everyone is welcome to join the procession as one. Expect to see people of every age and gender with lots of colorful attire, music and smiles; it is simply one of the best atmospheres to be around and a highlight of summer.