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The 2013 Paris Gay Pride March

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One of the many floats at Paris Gay Pride.

One of the many floats at Paris Gay Pride.

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One of the Globe's Most Lively Pride Parades:

Paris Gay Pride has become one of the city's most coveted yearly festivals, each June drawing tens, sometimes hundreds of thousands of people into the streets of Paris for a lively, colorful street party celebrating diversity.

While the LGBT Pride Parade ("Marché des Fiertés" in French) is an opportunity for GLBTQ organizations to draw attention to key issues affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, such as rights to marriage and adoption, Paris Gay Pride is never a solemn march. This is a strikingly giddy event that brings together Parisians of all stripes, and not to be missed.

2013 Paris Gay Pride Parade Details:

Paris Gay Pride 2013 will take place on Saturday, June 29th, kicking off on the Place du 18 Juin 1940 (metro Montparnasse-Bienvenue) at approximately 1:30 pm, slowly winding across south Paris, over the Seine River, and onto the Place de la Bastille by around 5:30 pm, where the traditional dance party starts.

Partying usually spills into the very queer-friendly Marais district, where cafes, bars and clubs often offer dinner and drink specials for the "fete". Check out our guide to the best gay, lesbian, and LGBT-friendly bars and clubs in Paris for a shortlist of great spots to party till the wee hours of morning.

More Information on Paris Gay Pride 2013:

Pictures of LGBT Paris Pride in Past Years:

Great pictures of the 2010 Paris Gay Pride event can be viewed on Flickr.

More GLBTQ/Gay and Lesbian Events in Paris:

Check out our guide to the best gay and lesbian Paris events for an overview of what's on in Paris every year.

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