Belgium Gay Pride 2017 - Brussels Gay Pride 2017

Celebrating Belgium's Pride Festival

••• A gay boutique in Brussels's charming St. Jacques neighborhood, where many of the Belgium Gay Pride parties and events take place each May. photo by Andrew Collins

Belgian Lesbian & Gay Pride is an annual event in Brussels since 1996 (it actually evolved from Pink Saturday gay pride observations that were first held in honor of New York City's Stonewall Riots in Antwerp beginning in 1979). Belgian Pride runs throughout early May and culminates the weekend of May 20 and 21, 2017. It's a great opportunity to visit this beautiful city with a vibrant LGBT community and a slew of noteworthy attractions.

Brussels Pride includes several events through the weekend, all occurring in the city center of this urbane, gay-friendly, and relatively underrated city that's just 300 kilometers northeast of Paris and 200 kilometers south of Amsterdam. Also note that the week preceding Pride is "Rainbow Week" throughout Belgium, and this includes a number of events in other communities.

The festivities commence for about two weeks before the big weekend with a variety of parties and events around the city - here's a full calendar of events. On Belgian Pride Day (Saturday, May 20), which draws some 80,000 spectators and participants, there's an opening religious ceremony in the morning, a festival at the "Pride Village" that's set up in front of the Bourse (Place de la Bourse/Beursplein) in the heart of the city, a Pride Parade (typically at 2 pm) that begins at the Pride Village, entertainment and live music at the Pride Village Main Stage, and then Pride Parties throughout the evening.

Brussels Gay Resources

Many of the city's gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay papers, which are distributed at popular gay bars like L'Homo Erectus and Tels Quels Cafe. And check out the Brussels Gay Travel Guide by Patroc.com, which is very handy and has extensive information on the local gay scene.

Additional excellent trip-planning resources are the handy travel site produced by Tourism Flanders, and the Gay Travel site operated by the Belgian Tourist Office.