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Equality Parade in Warsaw on Saturday. Start time and route

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On June 17, the Equality Parade will pass through the streets of Warsaw. The patronage over the event – this year organized under the slogan “We predict equality and beauty” – was taken by the mayor of the capital, Rafał Trzaskowski.

The Equality Parade is an annual celebration of freedom, openness and solidarity. It is attended by the LGBT+ community, but also by all people for whom equal treatment and respect for diversity are important. A colorful march through the streets of the city will start at 2 pm, but many events and accompanying events are organized at the parade itself.

At 11 am, the Equality Town will be opened in Park Świętokrzyski. “People who will not have the strength to complete the entire march can return to the town, where they will be able to rest in a friendly atmosphere at all times” – announce the organizers of the Equality Parade. Stands and tents of non-governmental organizations will be set up on site, including Lambda Association, Love Does Not Exclude Association acting against discrimination and exclusion. People with disabilities will also find support in the Equality Town. Help can be obtained from at the stand of the Avalon Foundation.

Equality Parade route

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The traditional starting point of the parade has turned into a construction site – the green Central Square is being built there. Therefore, its start was moved to the intersection of Marszałkowska and Świętokrzyska streets, which are directly reached by both metro lines – M1 and M2.

Participants of the parade will walk from Świętokrzyska and Waryńskiego to the Politechnika metro station, where they will turn into Armii Ludowej Avenue.

“It will be the last moment for people who will want to return to the Equality Town by subway. Before that, a water cart will be waiting for you at Plac Konstytucji” – reserve the organizers.

The route of the Equality Parade in Warsaw Organizer materials

Then, after walking a part of Armii Ludowej Avenue along Pole Mokotowskie, they will turn back along Niepodległości Avenue towards the Palace of Culture. After passing Chałubińskiego Street and Jana Pawła II Avenue, they will turn at the ONZ roundabout in the direction of Świętokrzyska. There, the march ends, after which the participants will be invited to a street party, and then to an after party.

Run and movie marathon

On Saturday, before the start of the Parade, the Warsaw Equality Run will traditionally take place. “This is a run for everyone. We invite both runners and people willing to cover the route in any other way – on a bike, rollerblading, with sticks (Nordic walking), or just walking” – emphasize the organizers.

The start of the run will be located on the Landing Plate of the 3rd Infantry Division near Cape Czerniakowski. The route will run north to the Świętokrzyski Bridge, over the bridge to the other side of the Vistula, further down the escarpment to the path over the Vistula, and south along the path, under the Poniatowski and Łazienkowski bridges, to the finish line located at Plażówka Saska at Wale Miedzeszyński 389.

On the other hand, in the evening at 7 pm, the Film Marathon for Equality will take place in Kinoteka. The premiere will include tearjerkers, fascinating documentaries and films that celebrate the beauty and diversity of our community. Admission to the shows is free.

Equality Month

Many cities celebrate equality and openness in June. For several years, the capital has also been included in this group. Libraries, museums, community centres, theaters and Local Activity Centers participate in the Warsaw Equality Month. They organize meetings, performances, workshops, and promote thematic literature on diversity, non-discrimination and human rights.

We want to introduce the topic of equality and non-discrimination to the urban community, to its everyday life. So that human rights do not seem to be something distant, theoretical and abstract, but become something everyday that applies to every person, that can be enforced, that can be used, said Karolina Zdrodowska, coordinating director for entrepreneurship and social dialogue, plenipotentiary for equal treatment.Warsaw Equality Month is a very good opportunity to build awareness of human rights, our own, our communities, but also the rights of various social groups to which we do not directly belong – she added.

Pride Month

The Warsaw Equality Month refers to Pride Month, which is celebrated all over the world in June. This is a time of special visibility for the LGBT+ community

In June, equality marches, cultural events and solidarity actions take place all over the world, also in Poland. NGOs, cities and companies are involved in them in various ways.

Main photo source: Warsaw City Hall

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