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LGBTQ+, Pride, Pride Parades

Pride Parades Around the World 🏳️‍🌈🌍

Pirates, some of you might not know this: the first Pride Parades started in the US on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising; with cities like New York, Los Angeles & Chicago organizing demonstrations to commemorate the events of that day.

As times change, the Pride marches have reached a global scale, so join us in discovering some of the biggest celebrations in the world.

Published by
Eduardo Vega·6/12/2023
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Pride Parades in the US

Pride month is celebrated throughout the US in many cities during June, and the scale goes from small demonstrations to large celebrations depending on the location.

Although we would love to mention and give space to all of these cities, we are highlighting three note-worthy destinations for anyone looking to have a jolly good time.

New York City

Let's start at the very beginning! As mentioned above: Pride Parades started as both a celebration and commemoration of the Stonewall Uprising, which happens to sit on Christopher Street in New York's West Village.

With all this background, it comes as no surprise that New York holds one of the most iconic and largest parades in the US, with an incredible size of around two million attendees each year.

Date: Sunday, June 25th, 2023

San Francisco

The city of San Francisco holds one of the largest and most prominent LGBTQ+ communities throughout the US and receives an incredible one million attendees each year for not a one, but a two-day festival.

If you are not into crowds, the city holds different events throughout the entire month of June.

Date: June 24th & 25th, 2023

Provincetown

Though probably a smaller scale than some of the other destinations on this list, this seaside town on Cape Code's northside is one of the most open places across the US and the perfect destination for all those looking for a more relaxed pace.

Along with Pride, Provincetown hosts many large LGBTQ-friendly events.

Date: June 2nd through 4th, 2023

Biggest Parade in the World - São Paulo

Yes! You read that right, São Paulo holds the Guinness Record for the largest pride parade in the world, with three to five million attendees each year.

The parade takes place in Avenida Paulista, one of the city's most iconic areas, and has become a truly global event with people traveling from all over for a chance to attend.

Date: June 11th, 2023

In popular culture, you might have seen a glimpse of the parade during an episode of Netflix's series Sense8, with all the main cast participating in the celebrations.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

I had the pleasure of attending a few years back; it's really incredible how the whole city celebrates, and let me tell you, this is one for the books!

The Pride Parade happens on the canals, but street parties and several events are held throughout the city center for an entire week.

The festivities attract a few hundred thousand visitors each year.

Date: August 5th, 2023

Brighton, UK

More accurately: Brighton and Hove Pride; takes place on the first week of every August over two days, with about half a million attendees.

With several different events and stages, it's a great chance to see many LGBTQ+ artists & prominent allies headlining the events.

Date: August 5th, 2023

Tel Aviv, Israel

The first Pride Parade in Israel took place in 1993 and has since become the largest celebration in the Middle East & Asia.

Israel is also considered a major LGBTQ+-friendly destination, so it's not a big surprise that they go all out during Pride.

The parade draws an estimated 250,000 attendees each year.

Date: June 8th, 2023 - June 7th, 2024

Madrid, Spain

The Madrid Pride is the biggest celebration in all of Europe, with over 1.5 million attendees each year, a fifth of those being tourists traveling exclusively for the event.

The main events take place in Chueca, Madrid's gay neighborhood downtown, with the parade passing through Paseo del Prado, one of the city's main streets.

There are different events in the space of over a week, so there are plenty of options to celebrate.

Date: July 1st, 2023

Sydney, Australia

True to the word 'celebration,' Sydney; hosts a Mardi Gras each year and was the host for the 2023 World Pride event, which lasted for 17 days.

The event draws around half a million attendees each year; and is the biggest one in Oceania.

The parade culminates in a big party, where many well-known artists have taken part in the past, like Cher, Kyle Minogue & Dua Lipa, to name a few.

Date: February 16th through March 3rd, 2024

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