mood – sorry, not sorry – and tragically forced an early wrap-up until things got going once more later that evening.
In terms of nightlife, there seemed to be a variety of straight, gay and – for lack of a better term – gay-friendly bars. And with everything from all night saunas to multi-levelled clubs, this little city sure gives you all the options. After exploring a couple of the local bars, we gained entry into the exclusive Plaza Klub, which was having its weekly old school hip-hop night. Side note: German rap is bizarre/ hilarious. Prices were reasonable for such a place, but after realising how much weight our wallets were losing, we decided to check Pride afterparty at renowned gay club X-Tra.
This is when things started to look a little more like the Pride parties we were used to seeing. Not much clothing, tattoos, fast techno, sloppy kissing and the odd couple getting emotional was all clearly on display in this three storey monster club. The rest of the night is a blur, but we did eventually limp back to the comfort of our hotel.
In Zurich, everyone walks with a purpose, all just quietly minding their own business, while aggression seems to be a trait longdiscarded. This attitude is perfect for exploring the town in the sun, but proved a little to the Pride celebrations. Being more accustomed to dozens of muscled dancing queens in G-strings leading marches, it came as a bit of a surprise to see so many families and teenagers about. It turned out that the family friendliness of the march was actually quite refreshing, and really did allow for an incredibly diverse group with highlights, including a t-shirt with “I <3 MAMA + MAMI”, which melted even the coldest of hearts. An estimated 10,000 people attended Zurich Pride, which is pretty amazing considering the small size of the place, but still much smaller compared to the million-strong of London Pride. Nevertheless, if you’re looking to try a more intimate sort of Pride outside the big cities, then Zurich is the perfect alternative for a weekend away.