Zagreb Pride

Zagreb Pride is the LGBT pride march in the city of Zagreb, capital of Croatia, with first taking place in 2002. Zagreb Pride is the first successful pride march that took place in the Balkans, and has become an annual event. Zagreb Pride members claim their work is inspired by the Stonewall Riots and Gay Liberation Front.

It is self-identified as LGBTIQ march and therefore in 2003 changed its name was changed from Gay Pride Zagreb into Zagreb Pride. The Pride is organized by volunteer-based and grass-roots Zagreb Pride Organizing Committee that is formed in January of the new Pride year. The Pride Committee is a non-hierarchical group of individuals and it is logistically supported by Zagreb Pride Organization founded in 2008 as a non-governmental organization. Pride receives funding from the City of Zagreb and a number of international human rights organizations and embassies.

Zagreb Pride Organization is a member of InterPride, EPOA, IGLYO, ILGA-Europe and in 2010, together with Lesbian Organization Rijeka and Queer Zagreb, it was the founding member of Croatian first national LGBT association - Center for LGBT Equality.

The event usually consists of a Pride March through the city center with banners, flags, and shouted slogans, followed by a gathering at Zrinjevac Park where speeches are given by LGBTIQ activists. In some years "pre-program" events are held in the days leading up to the march. Each year the organizers adopt a theme and a collection of principles and values called the "Pride platform", which is designed to be reflected in the march, speeches, and publicity for the event.

Since 2011 Pride Week has been established, with various of daily political, activist and social events, all related to the Pride theme. During the Pride Week, Zagreb's legalized squat AKC Medika is turned into the "Pride House".

Zagreb Pride, Ljubljana Pride and Belgrade Pride are each other's "sister prides".

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