As the summer comes around to bring sunny weather and LGBT Pride month for all of June, what better way to enjoy it than by planning some travel to the most iconic pride parades and festivals across the globe? Here are six of the best Pride Parade celebrations, from all over the globe you must travel to and see for yourself!
Starting from Fifth Avenue in upper Manhattan and ending at Greenwich Village, the march, in its 24th year, is a longtime tribute to the original police raid at Stonewall Inn, which launched the modern Gay Rights Movement. The March has an abundance of events to enjoy for travel lovers, from Pride Island which is held the Friday before for the regular party lovers, to the March itself, with an estimated 80+ floats making their way down New York City.
This year hosts a full calendar of official LGBT Pride events in New York City from June 16-25, 2017. With more than 2 million spectators in 2016, this year’s Pride schedule offers an array of events for every travel buff and locals to enjoy. There is also PrideFest, the annual LGBT street fair that combines vendors, entertainers and activities for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality.
Dates: June 16-25, 2017
The 10-day event held at the end of June is filled with several stages that include live performers and DJs, licensed venues, as well as Trans March and the Pride Parade. The center of Pride Week is the city’s Church and Wellesley village, while the parade and marches are primarily routed along the nearby Yonge Street, Gerrard Street and Bloor Street.
With 150+ participating groups marching, the Toronto Pride parade has become one of the largest in North America. It is filled with unforgettable events for travel lovers wanting to celebrate during this month.
Dates: June 1 – June 25
San Francisco Pride
The San Francisco Pride parade is world-renowned and a must for every travel bucketlist. Held on the 25th, the morning of the Festival, there are other events and celebrations happening on Saturday before it as well. The route of the march is usually west along San Francisco’s Market Street, from Steuart Street to 8th Street. Participants line up off the parade route in advance of the start of the parade. The two exciting days are filled with programming, featuring local, national and international touring acts, community organizations, and engaging thought leaders. Travel at its most exciting!
Dates: June 24-25
World Pride Madrid
Travel to WorldPride 2017 Madrid, the global LGBT Pride festival, which will be held in the neighborhood of Chueca and the main streets of Madrid. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first LGBT pride parade in Spain.
Part of the celebration includes WorldPride Festival, which brings an eclectic and diverse program to celebrate WorldPride Madrid 2017. Music from all over the globe, dance, cabaret, transformism and pop, latin and electronic sounds from national and international artists will bring the colorful and diverse note between June 28th and July 2nd.
WorldPride Festival will take place in five different stages in Plaza De Pedro Zerolo, Plaza del Rey, Plaza de España, Puerta del Sol and Puerta de Alcalá.
Dates: June 23 – July 2, 2017
London Pride is filled with everything from live music, film screenings, art exhibitions, to historical tours, at the many Pride in London events this June and July. Some of the events are that such as Pride’s Got Talent, as well as movie screenings and a free run throughout the city to raise awareness of LGBT+ rights. In 2016, 40,000 people joined the Pride in London parade, a number they are looking to increase for this year’s festivities.
Dates: The Pride Festival takes place from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 9 July 2017, with the Parade and main events on Saturday 8 July 2017.
An interesting fact about Amsterdam Pride, first organized in 1996, was that it was meant solely as a festival to celebrate freedom and diversity. This made it unlike many other Gay Prides, which began as a rally for equal rights from oppressive forces.
The week long event holds events and activities for each day, starting with the Pride Walk on the 29th of July, which starts at Dam Square, and ending with a Closing party in the same location August 6th. Besides these popular highlights there are 200 more big and small events, including performances, debates, lectures, church services, tours, expo’s, parties and more. Set against the atmospheric backdrop of Amsterdam’s canals, travel lovers will never forget this experience!
With all these amazing festivals to celebrate diversity and being yourself, what is a better way to spend the summer? Travel to some of the best Pride parades for a memorable trip!