Milan backs bid to host Europride 2015 during World Fair

'Great symbolic value says LGBT official

Milan backs bid to host Europride 2015 during World Fair

(ANSA) - Milan, August 30 - The City of Milan has agreed to support a bid by LGBT rights organization Arcigay to host Europride 2015 in the city at the same time as the World's Fair, or Expo 2015. Milan's city administration has expressed "appreciation" for the initiative in a letter to Marco Mori, president of Arcigay Milan, which represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Italians. The letter was to be presented Thursday, along with numerous other messages of support for the Milan bid, to the annual meeting of the European Pride Organizers Association (Epoa), in Marseilles. A decision is expected Sunday. Milan's bid will be challenged by Riga, Barcelona, and Manchester - other cities that want to host the event, which usually includes a Mardi Gras-style pride parade. "Getting the Europride in Milan....would have a great symbolic value," said Mori. Milan has already hosted nine gay-pride events over the past 11 years.

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