Among nations in Central and Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic stands out as being arguably the most gay-friendly, especially its endearing, pedestrian-friendly, and beautifully preserved capital city, Prague. This largest city of the Czech Republic, just a 3.5-hour drive south of Berlin and the same distance north of Vienna, has a visible and well-connected gay scene and is the site each summer of the Prague Gay Pride Festival, which takes place in mid-August.
The dates this year are the week of August 8 through August 14, with the Prague Gay Pride Parade scheduled to take place on August 13, 2016.
Prague Pride hasn't been around for too many years, but organizers have quickly developed it into a comprehensive, event-filled week of fun and festivity. For information on the event itself, see the official Prague Pride festival program, which contains details on and links to all the gatherings, parties, and related goings-on taking place throughout Pride week, including an LGBT mass on August 7, political and activist workshops and lectures, art exhibits, open houses at the city's Center for Queer Memory, a Pride opening concert on August 8, trans cabaret performances, queer theatrical showings, a "children's island" with family Pride fun, a concert by the Prague Gay Men's Choir, an erotic photography event, speed dating, sporting competitions, and more.
It's an impressive lineup.
Prague Gay Pride Parade takes place on August 13 from noon until 3 pm, stepping off at Wenceslas Square. This is followed by a Pride Music Festival, which runs until 10 pm and features several different bands and performers, and then some high-energy parties. For a full list of parties taking place during Prague Pride, visit the Prague Pride Parties online guide.
And if you're seeking practical details on getting to and finding accommodation in Prague, visit the Prague Pride page on accommodations and on restaurants and cafes.
Prague Gay Resources
The city's gay-popular bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops draw plenty of GLBT folks throughout the week. Consult online resources about the gay scene in Prague, such as the Prague Saints Gay Travel Site, the always helpful Nighttours.com Gay Guide to Prague, and the handy Patroc.com gay guide to Prague. You should also have a glimpse of the excellent travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, Prague Welcome, which has a number of GLBT-related articles on the site, including a gay map and articles on gay bars and hotels.