17,000 attend Prague Pride march

A march by attendees of Prague Pride, the summer festival celebrating LGBT culture, has been attended by an estimated 17,000 people. The event kicked-off at Wenceslas Square and proceeded to Letenské Sady park on the other side of the Vltava river. Prague Pride is held under the auspices of the Mayor of Prague Tomáš Hudeček and Human Rights Minister Jiří Dienstbier. Additionally, it enjoys support from the US Embassy and countless corporate and cultural partner groups. Reports had emerged of ultra-conservative and nationalist groups calling for concurrent counter-demonstrations to fight so-called "homosexualism". According to Novinky, only one incident caused concern - a small group of protesters deliberately blocked the path of the march near Nemocnice na Františku hospital on Saturday afternoon and were subsequently removed by the police.