All the pride parades in Croatia

UPDATED: 24.5.2023.

Croatia has two LGBTQIA+ pride parades: Zagreb Pride and Split Pride, held in June or July every year. The number of participants in the parades rises every year, and we can see progress within the LGBTQIA+ community.

This article talks about the history of each parade in Croatia, including fascinating information on other pride events. We invite you to come and support LGBTQIA+ rights and the community of Croatia. After all, pride is always a big party – if you come, you will have fun!

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All the pride parades in Croatia

 #1 Zagreb Pride Parade

Zagreb Pride Parade March
Image by Zagreb Pride

Zagreb Pride was the first LGBTQIA+ pride march in Croatia as well as in Southeast Europe. It takes place every year in June in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. The Pride march was inspired by the Stonewall riots in New York City in 1969. The LGBTQIA+ community considers Stonewall the most crucial event that led to the modern gay liberation movement and the Gay Liberation Front.

Zagreb Pride is an entirely volunteer-based event organized by the non-profit organization Zagreb Pride, a queer-feminist and anti-fascist organization. They fight for social justice and systematic improvement of LGBTQIA+ rights through advocacy for the public good.

[Read: Non-profit LGBTQIA+ organizations in Croatia]

The first Pride was held in June 2002, and it was pretty risky. It was the first gay event in Croatia, and society as a whole wasn’t informed about the LGBTQIA+ community at the time. Around 200 people participated, and they were insulted by homophobic opponents. They were shouting homophobic catchwords such as “kill the Serb”, “f**s to concentration camps”, “Heil Hitler”, etc. Some also threw teargas at the participants.

In recent years, Croatian society has become more liberal and open-minded. In 2019, ~10.000 people participated in the march. People from all parts of the country come to Zagreb every year to celebrate and show support for LGBTQIA+ rights, including a number of public figures – politician Mirela Holy, television presenter Daniela Trbović, actress Nina Violić, musician Mile Kekin, writer Edo Popović, and many more.

The parade ends at Ribnjak (view map), a beautiful park in the center of Zagreb, where everybody celebrates, accompanied by Croatian bands that play live music.

You can donate to Zagreb Pride here.

XXII. Povorka ponosa LGBTIQ zajednice, osoba i obitelji (22th pride parade of LGBTIQ community, persons, and families)
When: June 10, 2023, 15:00
Where: Mimara Museum, Rooseveltov trg 5, Zagreb
Facebook event

Past Zagreb Pride Parade events

XXI. Povorka ponosa LGBTIQ zajednice, osoba i obitelji (21th pride parade of LGBTIQ community, persons, and families)
When: June 4, 2022, 15:30
Where: Mimara Museum, Rooseveltov trg 5, Zagreb
Facebook event

XX. Povorka ponosa LGBTIQ zajednice, osoba i obitelji (20th pride parade of LGBTIQ community, persons, and families)
When: July 3, 2021, 14:30
Where: Mimara Museum, Rooseveltov trg 5, Zagreb
Facebook event

Prajd Partycipacija za slobodu izbora (Pride participation for freedom of choice)
When: Friday, June 26, 2020, 22:00
Where: Spunk Night Club, Hrvatske bratske zajednice b.b., Zagreb
Facebook event

XIX. Povorka ponosa lgbtiq osoba i obitelji (19th pride parade of LGBTIQ persons and families)
When: September 19, 2020, 15:00
Where: Mimara Museum, Rooseveltov trg 5, Zagreb
Facebook event

#2 Zagreb Pride Ride

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Image by Ponosni Zagreb

The first Pride Ride was organized in Zagreb in June 2020. It was formed as a reaction to the COVID-19 epidemic and earthquake consequences.

[Read: How to prepare for and handle an earthquake in Croatia]

Pride Ride aims to prevent the restriction of rights and reduction of representation of LGBTQIA+ members in public and media spaces.

The second Pride Ride in Zagreb was held in June 2021. It gathered ~500 participants who were riding their bikes through the main streets of Zagreb. Many public figures joined the ride, including a deputy mayor of Zagreb, Danijela Dolenec, and a prominent member of the Croatian Parliament, Sandra Benčić.

The Pride Ride is organized by an initiative called Ponosni Zagreb (Proud Zagreb). It is an informal group of LGBTQIA+ activists who are engaged in the protection of human rights.

Pride Ride 2023
When: Saturday, June 3, 2023, 16:30
Where: Park Mladenaca, Zagreb
Facebook event

Past Pride Ride events

Pride Ride 2022
When: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 17:00
Where: Park dr. Franje Tuđmana, Zagreb
Facebook event

Pride Ride 2021
When: Saturday, June 5, 2021, 16:30
Where: Park stara Trešnjevka, Zagreb
Facebook event

Pride Ride 2020
When: Saturday, July 4, 2021, 17:30
Where: Mimara, Zagreb
Facebook event

#3 Split Pride Parade

Split Pride Parade 2018
Split pride parade 2018

A Split pride parade is an event equal to the Zagreb pride parade promoting LGBTQIA+ rights. The first Pride in Split was organized in June 2011. It was the second city to have a pride parade after Zagreb. This was extra risky since Split is known as a conservative city.

The first Split Pride was a big step for the LGBTQIA+ community, but a lot of bad things happened. Around 300 activists marched through the city. Opponents drastically outnumbered them. Anti-gay protestors marched and threw rocks, teargas, and bottles at the pride activists. Unfortunately, the police didn’t protect them effectively.

The second Split Pride was more successful, gathering around 700 participants, including some from the neighboring countries. Many public figures also marched, including theater director Predrag Lucić, writer Ante Tomić, politician Vesna Pusić, musician Damir Urban, journalist Boris Dežulović, and many more. Around 900 police officers were engaged to protect the participants.

[Read: LGBTQIA+ web sites & Facebook communities]

Split Pride has grown significantly over the years. It has become more accepted and even embraced by parts of the local community. It is important to note that there is still a heavy police presence yearly to ensure participant protection. Since 2011, the parade has walked through the city center every June, ending on Narodni Trg (view map). Tourists and locals alike often join in.

Split Pride 2023
When: June 3, 2023, 17:00
Where: Đardin, Split
Facebook event

Past Split Pride Parade events

Split Pride 2022
When: July 16, 2022
Where: Đardin, Split

Split Pride 2021
When: July 17, 2021
Where: Bedem Cornaro, Split

#4 Osijek Pride Parade

In September 2014, Osijek was the third city in Croatia to host an LGBTQIA+ pride parade. Many people from Serbia and Greece came to support the Osijek Pride. After Osijek Pride, Croatia became the first country in the region to hold three or more pride parades.

Unfortunately, the idea of the Osijek Pride didn’t survive past the first, and 2014 was the only year it was successfully organized. In 2015, pride was canceled because the organization team didn’t have enough members.

#5 Rijeka March

In June 2012, Rijeka supported Split Pride by organizing a similar march, which took place three hours before the start of Split Pride. Three hundred people marched through the city center to show their love and support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Rijeka Pride was planned for the next year but was never realized due to a lack of volunteers.

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View our other LGBTQIA+ posts

Zagreb Pride
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Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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