History

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The Zinneke Parade was first created in the framework of Brussels 2000, European Capital of Culture. It was born from a desire to organise a big party in the city that would build bridges between the city centre and Brussels’ 18 districts. All socio-cultural organisations were mobilized to collaborate.

The first Parade was emotionally charged and full of joy, creating many great memories. The idea was to showcase the multicultural richness of Brussels neighbourhoods and restore connection between its fragmented districts. The Parade is one of the only Brussels 2000 events that became a perennial adventure!

In 2002, the Parade crossed the capital from South to North, on the theme of “Zinnergy”.

In 2004, it followed the main street from De Brouckère to Anneessens, based on the theme “The Body in the City”.

In 2006, the Parade took a circular route without borders, coming in close contact with the public and based on the theme “Future to Come”.

In 2008 the Parade maintained its circular form and flooded the centre under the theme of “Water”.

In 2010 the Parade started at 4 different places under the theme "A table/Aan tafel".

The seventh edition of the Zinneke Parade was held on May 19th, 2012.
The theme "Désordre - Wanorde". (Disorder) represented not only uncertainty about the future and the destructive forces in many areas, from culture to politics, but also speaks to the local, regional and federal bureaucracies in Belgium.

The theme for 2013-2014 was "Tempation".

The theme for 2016-2017 was «Fragil».

The theme for 2017-2018 was ILLEGAL.

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