Norman Eisen, the U.S. Ambassador to
the Czech Republic, on Saturday marched in Prague's second annual gay
The parade wound its way from central
Wenceslas Square to an island in the Vltava river, where revelers
enjoyed a series of concerts and shows.
“We estimate that between 10,000 and
15,000 people took part,” festival spokeswoman Kamila Froehlichova
told European news service AFP.
Helming the parade was Anna Grodzka,
the first transgender member of the Polish parliament.
Speaking at a gay pride reception on
Monday, Eisen called himself an ally of the LGBT community.
“Many LGBT Americans have endured
violence and harassment for years and confronted bullying and
exclusion on a daily basis,” Eisen said. “To LGBT men and women
here today and elsewhere, let me say: People all around the globe, in
cities like Prague and Washington D.C., are working hard right now to
bring attention to these issues. You have an ally in me, in
President [Barack] Obama and in the United States of America.”