Warsaw. Equality Parade 2024 – report

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The first participants of the Equality Parade began to gather near the Palace of Culture and Science. The colorful procession through the streets of Warsaw is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

The Equality Parade is an annual celebration of freedom, openness and solidarity. It is attended by the LGBTQ+ community, but also by all people for whom equal treatment and respect for diversity are important. The honorary patron of the event was the Mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski.

Traditionally, in the morning, a town promoting the ideas of equality, freedom and tolerance towards minorities was opened near the Palace of Culture and Science. Around 12 o'clock, the first participants of the parade began to gather near the Palace of Culture and Science. “The eastern road of E. Plater Street towards Świętokrzyska has been blocked,” informed the Municipal Transport Authority.

The march is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Parade participants will pass through: Aleje Jerozolimskie, Marszałkowska, Królewska, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Senatorska, through Bankowy Square to Aleja 'Solidarności', Aleja Jana Pawła II, Świętokrzyska to Emilia Plater.

This is one of three parades announced in June in Warsaw. The first one walked through the streets of Prague last Saturday. The next one will take place on June 22. Three marches instead of one are the result of internal conflicts that occurred between the event organizers.

Traffic disruptions

Police officers will supervise the course of the meetings and marches. “Due to today's gatherings in Warsaw, drivers must take into account temporary difficulties in the Śródmieście district. Police officers will direct traffic and ensure safety. We appeal to follow the issued orders,” the Warsaw Police Headquarters said on Saturday on the platform X.

The officers will also decide on the possible closure of individual streets through which parade participants will pass. If travel is not possible, buses from the following lines: 100, 106, 107, 111, 116, 117, 127, 128, 131, 158, 160, 171, 174, 175, 178, 180, 190, 200, 503, 507, 517, 518, 519, 520, 52 1, 522 and 525 may be diverted to diversion routes.

While participants are walking along Aleje Jerozolimskie, traffic on the tram tracks may be suspended. Then the following lines will run on changed routes: 7, 9, 22 and 24. When it is not possible to travel along Marszałkowska Street, trams of the following lines will also be diverted: 4, 15, 18 and 35. In the event of blocking tram traffic in Aleja “Solidarności” and Aleja Jana Pawła II – trains on the following lines will run differently: 10, 11, 13, 17, 20, 23, 26 and 33.

Main photo source: TVN24



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