NewNowNext Travel: 2013 Pride Calendar

newnownext pride guide 2013
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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Aarhus Pride
Aarhus, Denmark
June 1

Honolulu Gay Pride
Honolulu, Hawaii
June 1

CSD Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland
June 1-9

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Photo: Shahar Nechmad

Tel Aviv Gay Pride
Tel Aviv, Israel
June 2-8
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.

Razzle Dazzle
Dallas, Texas
June 8

Key West Pride
Key West, Florida
June 5-9


Photo courtesy Ciara’s Facebook page

Los Angeles Pride
Los Angeles, CA
June 7-9
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.

Athens Pride 
Athens, Greece
June 8
The festivities end with a party in Athens’ oldest district, Klafthmonos Square.

Motor City Pride
Detroit, MI
June 8-9

Philadelphia Pride
Philadelphia, PA
June 9

Sitges Gay Pride
Sitges, Spain
June 13-17
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

Palermo Pride
Palermo, Italy
Jun 14-23

Rhode Island Pride
Providence, RI
June 15


Vienna Pride
Vienna, Austria
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
Denver, Colorado
June 15-16
Martha Wash takes the main stage both days.

Portland Pride

Portland Pride
Portland, Oregon
June 15-16
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.

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Shanghai Pride
Shanghai, China
June 15-22
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.

New Orleans Pride
New Orleans, LA
June 21-24

Pride Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
June 27-30

Dublin Pride
Dublin, Ireland
June 21-30

Pride Houston
Houston, Texas
June 21-39

Pride Toronto
Toronto, Canada
June 21-30
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.

Skeive Dager
Oslo, Norway
June 21-30

Christopher Street Day Parade

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Christopher Street Day
Berlin, Germany
June 22
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.

Helsinki Pride
Helsinki, Finland
June 24-30

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Pride London
London, England
June 25-30

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)

Chicago Pride
Chicago, Illinois
June 28-30
Boystown overflows over Pride weekend, when Halsted turns into one giant party.

Harlem Pride
New York, New York
June 28-30

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New York Pride
New York, New York
June 28-30

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

Cleveland Pride
Cleveland, Ohio
June 29

Arraial Pride
Lisbon, Portugal
June 29

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Marche des Fiertes LGBT
Paris, France
June 29
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
June 29-30
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).

Seattle Pride
Seattle, Washington
June 29-30


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Orgullo LGBT Madrid
Madrid, Spain
July 3-7
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.

Cologne Pride
Cologne, Germany
July 5-7

CSD Munich
Munich, Germany
July 6-14

San Diego Pride
San Diego, CA
July 12-14

CSD Frankfurt
Frankfurt, Germany
July 19-21

Skiathos Seduction Festival
Skiathos, Greece
July 19-21

EuroPride 2013
Marseille, France
July 20
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.

CSD Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany
July 27

Hamburg Pride
Hamburg, Germany
July 27–August 4


Stockholm Pride
Stockholm, Sweden
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)

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Amsterdam Gay Pride
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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, Canada

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.


Brighton Pride
Brighton, England
August 3-4
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.

Vancouver Gay Pride
Vancouver, Canada

August 4

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Reykjavik Pride (Hinsegin Dagar)
Reykjavik, Iceland

August 6-11
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)

Antwerp Pride
Antwerp, Belgium
August 8-11

Montreal Pride
Montreal, Canada

August 12-18

Prague Pride
Prague, Czech Republic
August 12-18

Dunas Festival
Gran Canaria, Spain
August 13-18

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Provincetown, Massachusetts
August 18-24
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.

Manchester Pride
Manchester, England
August 23-26

Copenhagen Pride
Copenhagen, Denmark
August 24















Las Vegas Pride

Las Vegas, Nevada
September 6-8
Come see Sharon Needles, Shannel, Coco Montrese, and Lady Bunny at Festival Under the Neon Lights!

Austin Gay Pride
Austin, Texas
September 7

Benidorm Gay Pride
Benidorm, Spain
September 8-15


Dallas Gay Pride
Dallas, Texas
September 15

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.



Orlando Pride
Orlando, Florida
October 1-6
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.


Atlanta Pride
Atlanta, Georgia
October 12-13
Show your dedication to your loved one at the Atlanta Pride Commitment Ceremony and then head over for the Starlight Cabaret

Taiwan LGBT Pride
Taipei, Taiwan
October 26


Palm Springs Pride
Palm Springs, California
November 2-3
Don’t miss the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast.


Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.