Half a century later, the entire month of June has become synonymous with Gay Pride, and raucous, colourful Pride events take place in cities over the world. Pride festivities are all about protest, support, inclusion and celebration of LGBTQ rights. Whether you identify as gay or straight, allies of equal rights for all are welcome at any event.
In honour of this year’s 50th anniversary, we’ve suggested nine cities where the festivities are going to be nothing short of spectacular. Show up, take part, and meet up with a local guide while you’re there to get the best insight into your chosen destination.
The Best Places To Celebrate Gay Pride in 2019
New York City
New York should top the list for anyone wanting to celebrate Pride in 2019. The city – home to the Stonewall Riots in 1969 – is hosting Worldpride for the whole month of June, culminating in a massive parade on June 30 that begins at Madison Square, passes through the West Village and the site of the Stonewall Riots and ends on 7th Ave in Chelsea. Bonus: Madonna is performing!
Iceland may be a small country, but over 100,000 people show up for the annual Pride events in Reykjavik – that’s fully one third of the nation’s population! The city’s mayor even marched in full drag one year.
Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the world’s most famous Pride events. Because everything is upside down in Australia, this even happens in February, rather than June. It’s perfect timing; spend half the year recovering from a Pride Binge, then head to Sydney for another hurrah on February 29. We hear Cher and Kylie tend to show up most years…
Gay Pride (Marche des Fiertés LGBT) is a colourful, joyous and utterly Parisian celebration of civil rights. A festival, parade and street parties paint the city in rainbows during the last week of June, and have become one of the City of Lights’ most highly anticipated festivals.
San Francisco’s flourishing LGBTQ community turns on the charm at Pride time. In addition to the city’s well-attended parade (sometimes criticized for being over-run with corporate sponsors) people in the Castro/Mission districts open up their doors and homes in a way that turns the neighbourhood into a giant street party.
Close to 300,000 people attended the Tel Aviv Pride Parade in 2018, making it by far the largest Pride event in the Middle East/Asia. The final stop on the parade route is the 30-acre Charles Clore Park, right by the beach. Bring your swimsuit and get ready to party by the water!
Brazil loves its parties…and last year over 3 million people flooded the streets to celebrate Pride in Sao Paulo. With Brazil’s current repressive political climate, we hope to see the city’s citizens and supporters standing strong in the face of adversity.
Named “Christopher Street Day” after the street in New York’s West Village where the Stonewall Riots took place, Berlin’s Pride Events center around a massive parade and rally. And of course, with Berlin’s loud and diverse club scene, the after-dark scene will be thriving!
Toronto, Canada is home to one of the world’s largest Pride celebrations, with much of the city festooned in rainbows for the month of June. It’s also one of the most diverse, with a Dyke March and Trans March as well as the Pride Parade. Come out and see Canada’s spirit of diversity, openness and inclusion on full display.