The capital city of Greece, Athens has become increasingly more pronounced and renowned as a gay destination in recent years. This culturally rich, historically iconic city of 750,000 celebrates a vibrant Athens Gay Pride Celebration in early June. The date this year is June 8, 2013.
Athens Pride 2013 takes place in Klafthmonos Square and draws more than 12,000 participants. The festivities begin at noon and include a sign-making workshop for the evening Pride Parade, an opening welcome address from Athens mayor Giorgos Kaminis, the Pride Parade at 7 pm, and a live show and party beginning at 9 pm and featuring top DJs, a drag show by the Koykles, and performers including Imam Baildi, Katerine Duska, Natasa Bofioliou, and others.
Additionally, numerous bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Weekend. Check the local Athens, Greece resources on gay travel, such as the Nighttours Gay Guide to Greece, and Athens Info Guide's gay section. Also take a look at the excellent visitor site produced by the nation's official tourism organization, Visit Greece.