Pride originated in New York on the last Sunday in June, but since then its blossomed into a yearlong series of parties, parades and street fairs the world over. From the sprawling bacchanals of New York and London to more community minded celebrations in Portland and Palermo, NewNowNext has you covered. Check out our 2013 Pride Guide below and get ready to party for pride!
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Tel Aviv Gay Pride
Tel Aviv, Israel
The gay oasis hosts dozens of parties and performances in the run-up to the main event: a street parade that sees more than 100,000 people marching down Ben Gurion Boulevard to Gordon Beach for wet and wild fun.
Los Angeles Pride
Los Angeles, CA
The City of Angels welcomes some serious musical talents this year, including the Pointer Sisters, Broadway’s Shoshana Bean, Uh Huh Her, Kat Deluna, Chiddy Bang and headliner Ciara.
The festivities end with a party in Athens’ oldest district, Klafthmonos Square.
Motor City Pride
Sitges Gay Pride
More than 70,000 party people descended on this Spanish resort town for Pride in 2012. This year’s lineup includes parties, concerts, a White Night (where the whole village wears white) and a Pride Parade down
June 11-June 16
Sashaying along the Ringstrasse on June 15, the regenbogenparade (rainbow parade) is the capstone of Vienna Pride, although thousands will visit the “Pride Village” tent city on Heldenplatz, for parties, exhibitions and live performances. For more cultural offerings, check out the Indentities Queer Film Festival, running at the same time.
Gay Pride Fest Denver
Martha Wash takes the main stage both days.
Under the theme of “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” this year’s celebration includes a performance by Andy Bell and a parade that marches down to the Willamette River waterfront.
When this festival launched in 2009 it was the first large-scale public LGBT celebration in mainland China. There’s still political (and cultural) pressure, so you’ll find film screenings and art expos, rather than a big showy parade—and a big number of tourists and foreign ex-pats.
Between the Pride parade, the dyke march, the trans march and Fruit Loopz for the queer kiddies, every letter in the gay alphabet soup is covered during Prideweek in T.O. Plus: My Name is Kay, Juno winner Anjulie and Canadian pop star Mia Martina.
Christopher Street Day
Why Gay Pride Day is called Christopher Street Day in parts of Europe, we don’t know. But we do know you’ll find plenty of music, parties and an enormous parade in the German capital, with 700,000 people marching toward the Brandenburg Gate. Pride week kicks off on June 15 with the Lesbisch-schwules Stadtfest in the gayborhood of Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg.
London hosted World Pride last year and it was a bit of a cock-up. But they’ve learned their lesson and put together a top-notch pride with a street party in tres-gay Soho, speakers, an audience with Martina Navratilova, a concert by the London Gay Symphony Orchestra Concert, Polari’s tour of queer Britannia at the Tate, and a sprawling parade that goes from Oxford Street to Whitehall. (Photo: Su-May)
New York Pride
New York, New York
The granddaddy of pride celebrations is still the best (okay, we’re biased), with countless parties and a parade that draws more than a million celebrants and lookey-loos. It all comes to a close with the legendary Dance on the Pier, which has welcomed Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston (God rest her soul). The only catch: the performer is a secret until they hit the stage. (Photo: kargaltsev)
Belfast Pride Festival
Belfast, Northern Ireland
June 28 – July 6
Marche des Fiertes LGBT
Though not as wild or transgressive as some other European celebrations, Paris certainly loosens up for pride, with a bevy of circuit parties and a march to the Bastille (and nearby drinking in the Marais). This year will certainly include some commemoration of France’s recently passed marriage-equality law.
(Photo: Marcus Povey)
San Francisco Pride
San Francisco, California
Celebrity grand marshals Sarah Silverman, Dot Jones and Carmen Carrera lead the march down Market Street, though the Castro will be abuzz with activity all weekend. Past performers at the pride main stage include Kat Deluna, the Backstreet Boys, The Cliks, and Lady Gaga (above).
Orgullo LGBT Madrid
On July 6, Chueca hosts more than two million people in the largest gay event in Spain. (It was actually pushed back a week to allow regional celebrations to flourish.) “Orgullo” means pride, but this festival has morphed into Madrid’s biggest bash bar none. Highlights include a stiletto race, live street performances, parties at the terrace at Roommate Oscar and the pool at El Lago de Casa de Campo, and the legendary Supermartxe circuit party at Space.
San Diego Pride
San Diego, CA
Skiathos Seduction Festival
Europe’s roving LGBT celebration comes to the Mediterranean, with political, artistic and cultural events, plus the Nice Pink Parade, top DJs spinning at Plages du Prado beach, and a mass symbolic wedding of 2013 gay couples.
July 27–August 4
July 29 – August 4
In addition to the parade, parties, and the crowning of Mr Gay Sweden, Scandinavia’s largest pride celebration is home to the closed-off Pride Park in Sodermalm, open Wednesday through Sunday of pride week with live concerts and performances throughout. This year organizers are reaching across the border and encouraging celebrants to support Moscow’s beleaguered LGBT population. (Photo: Bengt Nyman)
Amsterdam Gay Pride
July 27 – August 4
Not only is Amsterdam a gay mecca, but it has the world’s only Pride parade held on the water, as dozens of boats bear colorful decorations and equally colorful passengers. Get seasick? You can still get your pride on at the numerous street parties, the (Z)onderbroek underwear party in Club Church, and the cutthroat Drag Queen Olympics at the Westermarkt.
July 29–Aug 4
Montreal’s queer community is so proud, it needs two celebrations: A precursor to Montreal Pride, this avant-garde arts festival in the gay village includes dance, outdoor cinema, concerts, the open-air La Grande Danse circuit party and Mascara, La Nuit des Drags, the biggest drag event in the world.
Oh to be in Brighton! The city is like San Francisco meets Disneyland year-round, and over pride weekend the rainbow cranks to 11. Last year saw musical acts like Fatboy Slim and the Freemasons.
Reykjavik Pride (Hinsegin Dagar)
Don’t expect your same-old parade and street fair: this is the homeland of Bjork and Sigur Ros, after all. Some 70,000 people come together for a colorful parade in the streets and a huge outdoor concert. (Photo: Finnur Þorgeirsson)
Gran Canaria, Spain
You’ll have a gay old time all summer long in Provicentown, but during carnival the town electrifies with ornate theme parties and parades, drag queens for days and a fun frisky atmosphere in the streets.
Las Vegas Pride
Las Vegas, Nevada
Come see Sharon Needles, Shannel, Coco Montrese, and Lady Bunny at Festival Under the Neon Lights!
Austin Gay Pride
Benidorm Gay Pride
Dallas Gay Pride
Dallas Pride is one of THE biggest events during the year, and boy does it show. If you don’t go for the parade, then at least go for the numerous parties hosted by local business owners.
Starts off on October 1st with an evening with John Waters, with the possiblity of a meet and greet. Other cool events include Pride at Halloween and Pride on Church Street.
Show your dedication to your loved one at the Atlanta Pride Commitment Ceremony and then head over for the Starlight Cabaret
Taiwan LGBT Pride
Palm Springs Pride
Palm Springs, California
Don’t miss the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast.