There were 15,000 walks for visibility!

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[16 :37] End of the circuit: the procession arrives at University Square. The atmosphere is still over-excited, the crowd occupying the square. The party is likely to continue until the evening…

[16:23] After passing the Place de la République, the walk slowly turns to the Place de l’Université.

The walk reached the Place de l’Université via Place Broglie and then the Place de la République. Photograph DNA – Maud KARST

[16:04] The regiment is now heading towards Place Broglie. Tanks and the demonstrators themselves spray water on the crowd. The energy of walking is crazy and takes the city with it!

[15 :55] Do not pause the procession when it arrives at Place Kléber. It’s very hot in the middle of the crowd, which doesn’t stop the marchers present jumping, dancing, singing and shouting all together. A jovial and festive atmosphere that attracts several observers seduced by the procession.

A minute of silence begins for all victims of violence who have been discriminated against because of their orientation or identity. A calm in the noise of tanks and regiments.

[15:43] The procession arrives at Place Kléber.

[15:40] Its procession is rue des Grandes-Arcades. The crowd sings and wishes a happy birthday to a young walker who turns 25 today. The atmosphere, constantly enlivened by the organizers present at the FestiGays buoy, does not go down.

[15:29] We also do the accounts on the part of the organizers. According to them, the march has attracted around 10,000 attendees at best so far. The twentieth edition will therefore be a new record, with 15,000 people according to the police and perhaps 20,000 according to organizers trying to verify this count. Place de l’Université, there were 7500 people to start the march.

[15:21] Arrival rue des Grandes-Arcades is under the eyes of local residents enjoying the blue sky on the terrace. How the demonstrators would really feel the sun and the heat… Some, like Basile, 22, predicted the coup: “We’re holding on even though the heat is harsh. We provided a bottle of water and sunscreen, no problem.

[15:09] The first official figure: According to the police, there would be 15,000 people at the parade!

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[15:04] The regiment is now heading towards Place Kléber. It is always in an atmosphere of frenzy and punctuated by the cries of the demonstrators, who do not see the heat as an excuse. Lily-Rose and Julie, both 16 years old, attend this walk mainly “to have fun and enjoy the party”. This is the second time they are participating. And this time they can enjoy the visibility walk with buoys and music.

[14:58] Techno music thrills the procession, while attendees are regularly given water to stand in the sun.

For Michèle and Brigitte, who are on their 18th participation, the walk is an opportunity to express their “freedom and love”.

Arrival at Place du Corbeau does not go unnoticed! For many, passers-by discover it when they stand in the way of walking. Or like Michael, who just learned of this incident when he got off the tram; “I heard the music”!

[14:37] This is the beginning of the walk in an enthusiastic atmosphere accompanied by the music of the FestiGays buoy. The atmosphere is charged for this show start. The regiment is now advancing along the quays towards the Place du Corbeau.

According to our journalist on the site, the regiment would consist of “more than 4,000 people.”

[14:30] The crowd listened to the speeches of Matthieu Wurtz, president of the collective LGBTQI + Festigays, and Floriane Variéras, the deputy mayor.
A decisive speech from the vice mayor who primarily deals with the LGBTQIA+ case. “I’m a lesbian who grew up in the world and then became a militant for the world,” she says.

The FestiGays president reminded us to be careful during these high temperatures.

The start signal will be started soon.

Conversations remind of the reasons for the march. His separation is imminent. Photograph DNA – Maud KARST

[14:15] The LGBTQIA+ flag now flies in University Square.

[14:12] Thirty minutes after the start, about 2,000 people gathered at the Place de l’Université. Colorful appearances, disguises and make-ups are made in the venues of the participants. In the scorching heat, sunscreen and bottled water are essential.

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Walk for your rights

The start of this twentieth edition march will be given at the Place de l’Université at 14:30 immediately after the traditional launch talks. In this same square, the return association village to welcome LGBTQIA+ fellow associations is already established between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm. The meeting provides a moment of information exchange and activism.

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The procession will follow its course along the quai des Pêcheurs and quai des Bateliers to the rhythm of the circles, before continuing on the rue des Grandes-Arcades towards Place Kléber. To finally finish the race at the Place de l’Université, first crossing Place Broglie and Place de la République, before climbing onto the Avenue de la Liberté.

Last year, more than 3,000 people attended the march, making the event part of an important trend in the evolution of society.

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