Happy Pride Month! While the Pride parade scene differs from country to country, there’s no denying that celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ+ community at one of these colourful festivals is a magical (and important) experience, whether you’re a part of the community or not. See it for yourself first hand at one of these amazing Pride marches…
New York’s Pride parade is really where it all began. The oldest celebration, it passes the Stonewall Inn and Christopher Street, the scene of the infamous 1969 Stonewall riots that was the turning point in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. It’s still a powerful event, albeit with a lot more smiles, and runs for a week, focusing on five events that represent key elements of LGBTQ+ visibility: The Family Night, the Rally & Fantasy, VIP Rooftop Party, Tease & We Party, Pride Fest and the March & Dance on the Pier.
The Brazilian’s know how to celebrate LGBTQ+ rights! In 2006, the São Paulo Pride parade was named the biggest in the world and it’s no wonder given the investment the local and federal government put into it! Unlike other’s around the world, São Paulo’s Pride march is very much supported by the government. In fact, many politicians open the event and star on the colourful floats!
From gothic architecture to the hip streets of Gracia, there are many amazing reasons to visit Barca. But the pride parade is also something not to be missed. In Pride Village you’ll get to watch spectacular musical performances by huge acts, DJs, exhibitions, amazing clubs and more, all under that glorious Spanish sun.
Pride in the ‘Dam is so big it’s a weeklong event. Between the Drag Queen Olympics and epic Canal Parade (yep, these are ~literally~ floats), the turnout for the Pride celebrations in Amsterdam is over 300,000. With music and sporting events happening alongside marches and shows, the liberated city is one the coolest places to celebrate all that is LGBTQ+.
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is not one night, but rather a month of themed events in the city, leading up to an epic street parade. Unlike the rest of the world though, Sydney’s Pride festival is held in March as opposed to during World Pride Week. Despite the smaller population, it’s also one of the world’s oldest organised LGBTQ+ events and started in 1978 after protestors were arrested during a pro-gay rights march.