Disney to Hold First Official LGBT Pride Event
Disney’s first-ever official LGBTQ parade, “Magical Pride," is set for June 1 at Disneyland Paris.
"Dress like a dream, feel fabulous and experience Walt Disney Studios Park like never before - loud, proud and alive with all the colours of the rainbow," Disneyland Paris says on its website.
The parade will kick off Pride Month.
“Diversity and equality are strong values at Disneyland Paris, and each year, we host millions of visitors regardless of their origins, gender or sexual orientation," a spokesperson for The Walt Disney Company told NBC News. "We are committed to fostering a welcoming environment for all of our Guests where magic is for everyone.”
While a “Magical Pride” parade has unofficially taken place at the park since 2014, this year’s parade is the first official pride event organized by Disney, a Magical Pride representative told CBS News. The parade will go through the streets of Walt Disney Studio Park.
The June 1 event will also feature late-night park hours and a dance party.
This is the latest new feature from Disney to celebrate and to support the LGBTQ community. In 2018, Disney started selling rainbow Mickey ears, the “Mickey Mouse Rainbow Love” hat, at its parks.
The parks also hold annual “Gay Days,” according to NBC News, which have been unofficial gatherings of the LGBTQ community. Gay Days 2019, “Orlando’s largest LGBTQ vacation event,” will take place at Disneyland in California from Aug. 13 to Aug. 19.
In 2007, Disney began allowing same-sex weddings at Cinderella’s Castle.
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