It does not matter if you have attended a Pride week in another country, whether it might have been in the UK, in Scandinavia or any other of the many countries and cities around the world hosting their own pride, there are some things that never change from year to year, wherever you celebrate it, the glitter, the rainbow and the happy, including atmosphere is all around you, but on Lisbon pride you will also get a unique taste of the local community – These parties a true hymn to the honesty of people’s uniqueness and personality. Obviously not to be forgotten is that the most important element of all of these sparkling and rainbow colored celebrations is undoubtedly to increase the awareness for the rights of the LGBTI community worldwide , as well as the increasing size of the structure and organization that have been improving impressively year after year. Lisbon gay pride is actually split into two different events over a two week period. The first is being the Lisbon Pride Parade (Marcha do Orgulho LGBT) which surprisingly enough takes place before the big party, so on the first Saturday of the Pride festival which normally is in the middle to late June the streets gets filled with an incredible parade to be shortly followed by the Lisbon Gay Pride Village, also known as Arraial Pride that takes place on the weekend after and will normally fall on the last weekend in June, all of this takes place in the heart of the city and the combination of political rallies and parties of celebration spread widely. This massive event is ongoing for a solid 12 hours starting from 4 in the afternoon on the Saturday going on all night up until 4 on Sunday morning and it will definitely not disappoint. After having organized 23 prides, these guys know how to throw a party! Both before and during Lisbon gay pride you can also go and see a series of exhibitions and events especially put in place for the festive, most of them being avalible from the start of the week leading up to the gay prides first weekend and throughout, all the way until the end of the second weekend. Most of the bars and clubs will also host special parties with guest DJs from around the world all taking place throughout the pride festivities. This year was the 23rd edition of Arraial Pride, which is organized by ILGA Portugal, with the support of the city of Lisbon. In the previous edition, more than 60,000 visitors showed up to show their love and support for the festival and its meaning, to celebrate and commemorate the struggle for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Portugal, while it is still hugely influenced by Catholicism, has slowly but surely become more and more accepting of same-sex relationships and homosexuality. An recant opinion poll suggest that it is now over 60% of the Portuguese population that supports same-sex marriage in comprising to the significant lower, 29% in 2006 The rights for LGBT people has massively improved in the 2000s and are now among the best in the world, on 5th of June 2010, Portugal was the eighth country in the world to recognize same-sex marriage. On 1 March 2011, the President ratified the Law of Gender Identity, said to be one of the most advanced in the world, which simplifies the process of sex and name change for transgender people. Same-sex adoption has been legal since 1 March 2016. now that is something that definitely needs to be celebrated, big and loud, and what better way to celebrate than on Lisbon’s own pride festival?