The Lithuanian Gay League (LGL), an LGBT rights organization, has announced that Baltic Pride 2016 will take place in Vilnius in June, with the main events - the pride march followed by a concert - planned in central locations of the Lithuanian capital.
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The organization has secured a permit from Vilnius City authorities for an event of 1,000 people. The pride march will take place on 18 June, Saturday, along Gediminas Avenue. It will be followed by a rally and a concert in the Bernardine Gardens.

Vladimir Simonko, chairman of the LGL, says that, unlike in previous years, the city administration and the police have been very cooperative: "In 2013, we had some problems, but we escaped them this year, so now we have plenty of time to prepare for the festival we want to give as a present to the city. I believe such a tradition should continue in the future."

Baltic Pride is an annual event organized by LGBT organizations in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and hosted in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn on a rotating basis.

Baltic Pride was held in Vilnius in 2010 and 2013.

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