After a real showdown with the prefecture of Haute-Garonne, the organizers of the Pride March announce that the 26th edition will take place this Saturday, October 9 in the city center of Toulouse.
Doubts regarding the possible cancellation of Gay Pride can be resolved. The iconic and colorful Toulouse Pride March will indeed take place in the city center this Saturday, October 9. A real standoff was engaged in recent weeks with the prefecture of Haute-Garonne who wanted the parade to be organized on the outer boulevards of the city center, for reasons of “public security and health”. A new route, starting from Compans, to Saint-Cyprien and the courthouse had been proposed.
“We join the surgeons against blackmail directed by the State to force us to choose another route or forbid us to demonstrate, to claim, to express ourselves as we have been doing for years”, had reacted the organizers of the Gay Pride. A petition has even been launched to oppose this decision. It gathered more than 12,500 signatures. The Toulouse collective “Pride” therefore succeeded in winning their case, only a few days before the event took place.
The program and the route are available
The official program of the Pride March was therefore published this Wednesday, October 6 by the organizers. The associative village will be installed on the Place du Capitole throughout the day. About forty structures will be present alongside local communities. At 1 p.m., the associations will take the floor in turn before launching the parade. Departure is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. from the city center.
Here is the route of the course: Place du Capitole, rue Lafayette, rue Alsace Lorraine, boulevard de Strasbourg, boulevard Carnot, war memorial, rue de Metz, rue Alsace-Lorraine to Square Charles-de-Gaulle. The parade will be made up of around twenty floats, including those from the Haute-Garonne Departmental Council, the Occitanie Region and the Toulouse City Hall.
The health instructions remain in place: wearing a mask is compulsory throughout the walk. To access the association village, the health pass will be requested at each entry.