Best Pride festivals around the world this year

Check out a list of some of the best Pride festivals around the world for you to attend.

pride parade in New York depicting marching crowd strutting in colourful pride gear

On June 28, it will have been 50 years since the Stonewall uprising in 1969: an event that was led by trans women and kickstarted the gay liberation movement both in New York and subsequently, around the world. With that in mind, this year’s Pride is not one to miss. Here’s a list of just some of the best Pride festivals around the world that you can visit:

World Pride in New York City

Perhaps the best place you could spend Pride this year is at its very birthplace. This year, World Pride, will be held in New York City for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Lots of events will be held throughout the month, culminating on 30th June with the NYC Pride March taking place from noon. Gay Liberation Front, the very first LGBTQ activist organization formed after the Stonewall Rebellion, is one of the pride marshalls, alongside Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Monica Helms, The Trevor Project and POSE. There are also rumours that Madonna may perform at the festival this year.

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#PridePartner Stonewall Forever is a Living Monument to 50 Years of Pride. Anyone, anywhere can step inside the monument online or in #AR to add their own piece of history to an ever-evolving legacy. Created by @LGBTCenterNYC with support from @Google, #StonewallForever aims to lift up the untold stories of the #StonewallRiots and the #LGBTQ community. Visit stonewallforever.org and become a part of living history. @LGBTCenterNYC @Google

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Madrid 

In recent years, Madrid has become a top destination for LGBT travellers, and it’s easy to see why. Madrid hosted World Pride in 2017 and since then it has become one of the best LGTBIQA+ destinations of the world. It is one of the largest events of its type to take place in Europe. Typically, Madrid Pride can attract over 1 million visitors – with 300,000 coming from overseas. Of course, the city itself is a top cultural destination with plenty more to do and visit as well as gorgeous summer weather, should you choose to extend your stay. The march is on 6th July this year and the slogan is “Mayores sin armarios: ¡Historia, lucha y memoria!” (The Elderly without Closets: History, Struggle and Memory!).

Toronto 

Pride Toronto is one of the world’s biggest pride festivals. It’s also one of the most diverse, with the Dyke March and Trans March also taking place during Pride Month. You can expect a vast array of events, parties and so on to take place throughout the month, including an all-day rave featuring drag queens and DJ sets from the likes of The Black Madonna. The Pride parade will be held on June 23.

London

London Pride is one of the oldest events in the Pride calendar, running since the early 70’s. It includes more than 60 events, including Pride’s Got Talent Music Final and Cabaret Final lasting, Stonewall Warriors – Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a musical celebrating the events which led to one of the most iconic events in LGBTQ+ history, as well as the parade taking place on 6th July.

Europride in Vienna

‘Together and Proud’ is the theme of this year’s Europride, which took place in Vienna this year from 1-16 June. Events included a pool day, beach day, wedding day and movie night. A special highlight was the EuroPride Conference 2019. From Wednesday 12 June to Friday 14 June, the largest LGBTIQ conference in Austrian history took place under the patronage of the Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen. It highlighted various aspects of the European LGBTIQ movement, from business and labour market to the struggle for human rights.

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DE: GOOD NEWS! Mitte letzter Woche bekamen wir das Antwort-Schreiben des österreichischen Bundespräsidenten und dürfen zum Wochen-Start nun verkünden: Bundespräsident Alexander Van der Bellen übernimmt den Ehrenschutz über die EuroPride Konferenz und nimmt die Einladung für die Abschlusskundgebung am 15. Juni 2019 an und wird dabei auch eine kurze Rede halten! Wir fühlen uns geehrt und voller Stolz! Together & Proud 🏳‍🌈@vanderbellen . ENG: GOOD NEWS! In the middle of last week we received the confirmation from the President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen that the EuroPride Conference will take place under his patronage! He also gladly accepted our invitation to speak at the Pride Celebration at Rathausplatz after the EuroPride Parade on the 15th of June 2019. This is a great honour and we are very proud of this privilege! Together & Proud 🏳‍🌈@vanderbellen

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