BIH Pride March

LGBT pride parade in Sarajevo

BIH Pride March, September 2019

The BIH Pride March (BH. Povorka Ponosa, also called Sarajevo Pride or Bosnian-Herzegovinian Pride) is the LGBT pride parade in the city of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which first took place in September 2019.[1]


The country’s first pride parade was held on 9 September 2019 in Sarajevo.[2] An estimated 2,000 people marched in the first pride parade of Bosnia and Herzegovina, making the country the last former Yugoslav nation to hold a pride event.[3]

A second pride parade was supposed to take place on 23 August 2020, starting at noon in Sarajevo,[4] but it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] The second pride parade in Sarajevo therefore took place on 14 August 2021.[6]

Religious groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina condemned the BIH Pride March, and Bosniak political and religious groups organized rallies against the parade.[7][8][9][10]

2023 Sarajevo Pride
BIH Pride March, June 2023

The third pride parade in Sarajevo was held on 25 June 2022 under the slogan “Family Gathering”, with which the organizers pointed out the importance of family support for queer people.[11] About 1,000 citizens joined the procession, and the event itself was accompanied by strong security measures.[12] In addition to the organizers, the Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton, Edin Forto, also sent a message from the meeting, saying that this is a protest of citizens for greater rights, referring to political and homophobic comments on social networks.[13]

The most recent parade took place on Saturday, 24 June 2023, with a theme was related to allyship and supporters, “Proud Together”.

List of parades[edit]

# Year Dates Motto Estimated attendance
1st 2019 9 September Door please! (“Ima izać’!”) 2,000
2020 23 August No life within four walls (“Nije život četiri zida”) postponed
2nd 2021 14 August Resistance from the Margin (“Otpor sa margine”)[14] 300[15]
3rd 2022 25 June[16] Family gathering (“Porodično okupljanje”)[17] 1,000
4th 2023 24 June Proudly together (“Ponosno zajedno”)[18] 1,000[19]

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  8. ^ “Bosnians march in first Gay Pride under tight police protection”. Reuters. 8 September 2019.
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  11. ^ “U Sarajevu održana Povorka ponosa, bez incidenata”. N1 (in Bosnian). 25 June 2022.
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  13. ^ “U Sarajevu održana treća Bh. povorka ponosa, evo kako je sve izgledalo”. (in Croatian).
  14. ^ “Let us resist from the margins with the BH Pride March, in Sarajevo on the 14th of August | Povorka Ponosa”.
  15. ^ “U Sarajevu održan LGBTI protest pod sloganom Otpor sa margine. (in Bosnian).
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  19. ^ “The Fourth BH Pride Parade was held in Sarajevo”. Sarajevo Times. 24 June 2023.

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