Milan celebrates Pride Week

Milan Pride parade through the centre on Saturday.

Milan’s Pride Week will end with the traditional colourful parade cross the city centre on the afternoon of Saturday 25 June.

Starting at 15.00 in Piazza Duca d’Aosta outside Milano Centrale station, the parade will wend its way to Piazza Oberdan at Porta Venezia. Revellers will later head for the official Pride Week closing party at Join the Gap in Via Fabio Massimo 36.

Until then, Pride Square in Via Lecco, Via Castaldi and Largo Bellintani will be transformed from Thursday 23 June into “a fun village dedicated to promoting integration and dialogue”, say the organisers from Arcigay and the Rainbow Coordination group. “The gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and intersexual community will welcome everyone happy to live in an open city, where differences are considered a value to be supported.”

Dozens of volunteers from associations around the province and region will be on hand to explain their activities in the struggle against gender, sexual orientation and ethnic discrimination. There will be stands by associations concerned with STD transmission offering free HIV saliva testing.

Pride Square will also offer bars, restaurants and street food, street entertainment and DJ sets.

Arcigay membership cards – and the Milano Pride Week card, available free on the event website – will enjoy discounts from shops and other establishment supporting the movement.

The website also carries a programme of all the events during Pride Week – discussions, photo exhibitions, concerts, gigs, bike rides, movies and parties.