We entered a joint float with the member companies and organisations of WeAreOpen in 2013 for the first time to celebrate the world’s diversity together. According to the organisers, Budapest Pride attracted record numbers of people in 2013. The numbers swelled from some 2-3,000 people in previous years to around 10,000 Priders, including the members of WeAreOpen. Media reports hailed 2013 as the year that Budapest Pride came of age, with WeAreOpen contributing to the breakthrough of the colourful, festival-like event.
In 2014 for the second year running we celebrated with a joint WeAreOpen float at Budapest Pride. More than 100 companies, organisations and communities paraded together with the WeAreOpen float, marking a new milestone for the initiative. Many of those attending were first-time Priders. The companies, organisations and communities were joined by well-known figures including Róbert Alföldi, Zsuzsa Gordon, Tamás Jordán and Zsófia Mautner. As in 2013, we broadcast live from the WeAreOpen float on YouTube, which was watched by some 23,000 people. That means that together with the over 10,000 people that took part in the parade in 2014 – setting a new record according to the organisers – more than 30,000 people celebrated diversity online or in person at Budapest Pride.
In 2015, for the third year running, we’re celebrating with a joint WeAreOpen float at Budapest Pride. Once again, dozens of companies, organisations and communities will parade together with us, including many first-time Priders. We hope thousands of people will celebrate the world’s diversity together this year too, whether online, following WeAreOpen’s live video stream or walking with us at Budapest Pride.