Connextions Magazine was honored to be amongst the 150,000 attendants at this year’s annual Rainbow Parade in Vienna, Austria.
Just prior to Vienna Pride is an event called the “Life Ball” which is held annually in May. Being the most flamboyant and lucrative AIDS/HIV charity event in Europe, Life Ball hosts power figures such as the Austrian federal chancellor to Hollywood stars and former US President Bill Clinton, and tickets for this event are somewhat hard to obtain. Life Ball kicks off the city’s rainbow flag flying and these colorful waving symbols are flown on buildings and even on train cars and trolleys until Vienna’s Pride week comes to an end.
The Rainbow Parade is held on Vienna’s ‘Ring Road’ (Ringstrasse) – constructed in 1857, Vienna Ring Boulevard circles the city centre. This road sits where there was once brick walls, built to protect the city from invasion. I toured the Ring Road via bicycle on the bike path, which offers amazing views of monumental buildings like Hofburg, the Austrian Parliament, the State Opera House and the Museum of Fine Arts, along with first public observatory Urania and Vienna University.
More photos of this year’s pride festivities and upcoming gay events can be found on the English language facebook page:
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