PRAGUE – A gay pride parade has marched through Prague for the first time as part of the inaugural gay festival in the Czech capital.
Several thousand people participated in the colorful event Saturday under a heavy police presence.
Dozens of far-right extremists staged a protest, shouting abusive slogans, but riot police separated the two groups and prevented any attack.
The Conservative Christian Democrats also held a counter-parade to support traditional family values. No incidents were reported.
The gay event made headlines earlier this week when President Vaclav Klaus lashed out at 13 Western ambassadors for their petition in support of the festival and refused to distance himself from his deputy chancellor who linked homosexuality to sexual deviancy.