Gay Pride in Copenhagen – 21st – 25th August
Europe wide June is the month for Pride but Copenhagen like to be special and they schedule a week in August so as not to clash with any other Pride celebrations. This is great as it means you can join in the festivities in several cities like Barcelona, Berlin or London.
Copenhagen is a city known for its liberal attitude and with a thriving gay club scene and the first ever Gay and Lesbian Association in the world it is not surprising. So whatever your sexual preference support this great cause and have some fun.
The focus of Copenhagen Pride is the Town Hall Square right at the end of Stroget, so you can’t miss it. Around Pride Square will be stalls and stages selling food and offering entertainment. Everything from pancakes and port wine to clothing and political groups will tempt you with their wares. Plus events like Drag Night will take place here.
The big highlight, of course, will be the Pride Parade on Saturday 24th August. Starting out at the Town Hall Square in Frederiksberg at 1pm and heading south towards Vesterbrogade. Following this street, past the Copenhagen Museum, until it hits Bernstorffgade; then turning left and up towards Jarmers Tower. The parade will then make a sharp right down Vester Voldgade and on to the Radhuspladsen.
But don’t think the fun will stop when the parade reaches the square as this is the signal for the gigantic show to start and the whole place will turn into one big fabulous party.
As well as all this amazing fun to be had at the Radhuspladsen many clubs and bars will be having themed parties and events. For a great party night try Copenhagen’s oldest gay club Centralhjornet. They will be having a flamboyant pride kickoff party on the 20th as well as live entertainment all week.
A good night spot to try is Heaven. It is right on the square and is a relatively new joint so you can expect the trendiest crowd to hang out there. Downstairs it is more of a cafe/bar area but upstairs is where the magic happens. Not far from here is the Can Can another long lived gay bar which is reflected in the dark interior and predominately male customers.
One for the girls is Vela. It is best described as a no-nonsense bar with an oriental twist, and oddly it has table football if you feel the need.
If you are looking for somewhere a bit more relaxed then try Amigo Bar. It used to be an all gay venue but now it is more of a mixed clientele which can be a little less intimidating. Another open minded place is Club Christopher, named for the famous street in New York. One great thing about this place is that there is a free bar with your cover charge and it is known for its seriously fun parties.
So if you are in Copenhagen during August dig out your feather boas and glam gear and party.