Celebrating Pride in Vienna

Anna Grace Hargett
June 16, 2022

In celebration of Pride Month, I was lucky enough to attend the Vienna Regenbogenparade, or Rainbow Parade. This parade demonstrates support for the LGBTQ+ community and was held for the 26th time in the Wiener Ringstrasse. The Wiener Ringstrasse, or Ring Road, goes around the historic center of Vienna, where several government buildings and museums reside. The parade itself lasted 4 hours, though we only stayed for a couple before walking around the shops and parks of Vienna. This was my first time attending a pride parade, and being able to do it in the heart of Vienna with my new friends in my program made for an unforgettable experience.

As we walked to the parade, I could see the House of Parliament, City Hall, and the Votive Church. We arrived some time before the parade started, and the streets were already filled with people of all ages dressed in colorful clothing, some holding flags displaying LGBTQ+ pride, others with body paint and makeup. Even before I saw the parade, I could hear it. The sounds of music pumping and people cheering, echoing throughout the streets. As the parade approached us, I saw lines of people holding large flags and banners. There were people in full costumes and drag makeup, people riding on bikes and roller skates, all while upbeat music played from speakers. There were several organizations from religious groups to LGBTQ+ owned businesses, and people approached us to hand out pride flags and samples. The happy and high energy was infectious at the parade, with everyone being their genuine selves.

Celebrating Pride in Vienna was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I’m grateful for the chance to experience my first Pride Parade in a city that is as welcoming and diverse as Vienna. Happy Pride Month!

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Anna Grace Hargett

<p>I am a musician and artist from Birmingham, Alabama, majoring in Flute and Psychology at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music with a minor in Nutrition. In my free time, I enjoy creating visual art and engaging in photography, among other creative pursuits. A fun fact about myself is I am an award-winning cosplayer.</p>

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