Pridewatch: Europride in Zurich
This year's EuroPride kicks off its month-long LGBT celebration this weekend, starting May 2 in Zurich, the San Francisco of Switzerland. Continuing through June 7, this year’s theme is “Celebrating 40 Years With Pride” is a reminder of the Stonewall rebellion in New York's Greenwich Village following an illegal police raid in 1969.
After the opening ceremony, the main festival and parade takes place on the weekend of June 5. In between, there will be many cultural highlights, sporting events and several thought-provoking cultural exploits. After the official welcoming and opening act, Europride will start on a cultural high note, with the well loved Swiss singer Michael von der Heide together with Swiss artists Nubya and Fröilein da Capo performing a new act that they have put together exclusively for the evening. After this it’s “Party Time!” The Zurich party label “smacs” (Victor’s Secret) welcomes DJ Dario d'Attis & Pascal Tokar behind the turntables.
Other highlights of the month-long event schedule are a "Sports Weekend” organized by Gay Sport Zurich the weekend of May 30. Featuring different athletic activities so you don’t feel so guilty about binging at the on Sunday Sports Brunch , there will be squash, badminton and aerobics training, to name a few of the options. For those who enjoy the sportswear as much as the sport, there will be a sneaker-themed party at Escherwyss the night of the 30th.
Wrapping up on June 7, the events will be capped off by a final brunch featuring Swiss delicacies in the at Foundry Hall, and—perhaps most surprisingly—a church service in the morning featuring a slide show of highlights from the preceding month’s events. To set the mood during brunch Swiss and Italian musicians Bettina Schelker and Daniela Sarda will perform with their Jazz trio SCARDA. And to close this wonderfully gay European month, the final ceremony will see the EuroPride Flag handed over to the official Polish delegation who will arrange the 2010 Pride in new and daring place—Warsaw, Poland.