EuroPride is a pan-European international LGBTI event featuring a Pride parade, hosted by a different European city each year
Applying for EuroPride
Licensing the title ‘EuroPride’
The European Pride Organisers Association accepts EuroPride applications from organisations that have been a full member of EPOA for at least 12 months at the time of the bid and who have organised at least two Pride events in the last four years. The organisation must commit to remaining a member until at least 12 months after their delivery of EuroPride, and to attending the four Annual General Meetings following the one at which EuroPride was granted to them.
Forthcoming EuroPride bids
- EuroPride 2026 has been awarded to Pride Amsterdam for the same year that they host WorldPride.
- For EuroPride 2027, letters of intent must be submitted by 31 March 2024, with a decision at the AGM in 2024. A letter of intent has been submitted by Pride in Gloucestershire (UK).
Letter of intent
Pride organisations who wish to bid for EuroPride must send a letter of intent before 31 March three years prior to the proposed date of event. This can be done by electronic mail to [email protected].
Bidding organisations should read and follow our Communication Guidelines for Organisations Bidding for EuroPride.
Each applicant shall send a bid book by email in English to EPOA 60 calendar days prior to the starting date of that years AGM. An application fee of €250 must be paid within two weeks following the application. The applicant must be present at the AGM.
Any bid must include:
- Name, full postal address, telephone and e-mail address of the candidate and contact person(s).
- A full description of the history and legal status of the organisation and its structure.
- The proposed date of the event(s) and the geographic location and a timeline for the two years leading up to the events (including any EPOA events, such as the AGM).
- Details of the proposed program including an opening ceremony, a March/Parade, a Human Rights
event and a closing ceremony.
- A business plan for the event including a full budget, organisational structure and key personnel.
- A marketing plan for the event including a timetable, event format and costs.
- A full description of the political context of the program, its projected impact on a European scale and how the program of the event will meet the vision of EuroPride
- General information about the city/region/country including international airport locations,
transportation, health and safety issues, accommodation location and costs.
- A brief description of LGBTI life in the host city/region/country.
- A description of any special political, cultural or social reasons for hosting the event
Applications are required to be accompanied by the following documents. If any of these documents cannot be obtained, a reason must be given, why such documents are unobtainable.
Letters of support from:
- LGBTI organisations within the region in which the event(s) will take place exhibiting the support of the region
- The mayor, the city, the government
- LGBTI businesses
- Prospective sponsors
- Local tourism authorities
- Travel partners (airlines, hotels, travel agents) and other co-operation partners, etc.
- Human rights organisations
We appreciate that in some regions, the support of the government or city is not possible, nor are there any LGBTI businesses.
Full financial information for the past three years, including balance sheets and other related documents clarifying the financial health of the member organisation.
The application must comply fully with these rules of procedure and the constitution of EPOA. The applicant must attend the Annual General Meeting of EPOA where the application is considered and all subsequent Annual General Meetings prior to and at least two subsequently after the event.
The decision to award the title EuroPride will be taken by secret ballot at the AGM with a simple majority vote. This decision will take place three years before the actual event (e.g. in 2023 for 2026).
It is the task of the selected member to be present at the following four AGM’s to give reports and ideally to host the AGM the year before their licensed EuroPride takes place. The licensing agreement will specify regular reports and the communications policy and contacts.
The applicant shall keep EPOA informed about the organisation of the event and any probable difficulties. The licensing agreement will specify regular reports and the communications policy and contacts.
The selected member shall pay an unredeemable licensing fee of €10,000 before the event and a share of the potential profit from the EuroPride event not exceeding €10,000.
The first instalment of the licensing fee is €3,500 and has to be paid no later than six months after the AGM where the title was awarded.
The second instalment of the licensing fee is €3,500 and has to be paid no later than the AGM following the AGM where the title was awarded.
The third instalment of the licensing fee is €3,000 and has to be paid no later than March 31 in the year of the event. The profit share will be regulated by the licensing agreement but shall not exceed €10,000.