Europride 2013 celebrates gay marriage law in Marseille
Thousands of gay rights activists marched through the French Mediterranean city of Marseille yesterday at the beginning of Europride 2013, a 10-day gay and lesbian festival.
Under a banner reading "Europe marches towards equality", the marchers made their way from the city's old port to the beach.
Several French left-wing politicians, including Socialist MP Patrick Mennucci and Communist Party leader Pierre Laurent, joined the parade
The measure’s supporters had to “fight in parliament against a deluge of homophobia with demonstrations in the street”, Laurent commented.
There were delegations from abroad, along with 20 floats from various organisations in France, including gay and lesbian staff from the national SNCF railway service and the LGBT association of police and gendarmes.
Marseille Europride has been hit by several problems including cancelled concerts and foreign delegates who received their invitations too late to get a visa.
Initially, up to 130,000 people were expected to attend the event. Police put the figure on the day at 10,000, the organisers claimed 50,000.
Marseille is a European Capital of Culture this year.