Pride 2019: The top 10 celebrations around the world
Today, many cities around the world host a Pride event – usually in the months of June or July -- to promote the visibility and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people. This year is especially significant as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which was a huge turning point in LGBTQ+ history, and led to the first Pride parades.
To mark the historic occasion, we've put together a list of some of the best Pride events taking place around the world:
31 May-9 June
LA's Pride Festival is set to be a big one, with Meghan Trainor and Years & Years headlining the festival. Other performers include Paula Abdul, Ashanti, The Veronicas and a whole host of LGBTQ+ performers. The festival takes place in West Hollywood Park, along San Vincente Boulevard.
Known for its extravagant round-the-clock parties, Tel Aviv Pride is the biggest in Israel. This year, the parade will begin at 10am, winding through the beautiful city streets towards the Charles Clore beach for the famous beach party. Attendees can purchase a Pride Pass bracelet, which gives you access to either three or five of the festival's biggest parties.
As the capital of the first country to legalise gay marriage, Dublin's Pride celebrations are not to be missed. The parade will begin at O'Connell Street at 1pm on 29 June. Expect over 7000 people from over 150 different groups, plus floats, marching bands, colourful costumes and a lot of noise.
On the city's official Pride website, San Francisco Pride is described as "the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation". Since 1997, the city has awarded over $2.5 million from proceeds to local non-profit LGBTQ+ (and other related) charities. The parade runs from 10.30am at Beale Street, along Market Street to downtown San Francisco.
The birthplace of Pride, New York's event is the biggest in the world and a must for any keen Pride goers. This year is set to be the biggest international LGBTQ+ celebration in history, with rooftop parties, a cinema, a human rights conference, and commemorative arts, cultural and educational programmes to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The march will take place at noon on 26th Street and 5th Avenue.
Although Pride celebrations will be taking place from 8 June (with a variety of events including Pride's Got Talent and a 10k run), the official Pride Parade will be taking place on 8 July. The parade runs from Portland Place to Trafalgar Square.
Known in Germany as CSD, Berlin Pride is one of the biggest in Europe, running since 1979. The parade leaves at midday from Kurfürstendamm and finishes at 2pm at Brandenburger Tor. From club nights to film screenings, there's plenty to get involved with.
The Guardian calls it "the country's most popular LGBT+ event" and when you look at the lineup from previous years, it's not hard to see why -- acts such as Britney Spears, Dua Lipa, Sister Sledge, Boy George, Fatboy Slim and Carly Rae Jepsen have all graced the stage of Preston Park. This year sees Kylie Minogue, Clean Bandit, Fleur East and more join in the celebrations.
Mark your calendars and book your flights for Asia's biggest Pride celebration. The event is set to see over 80,000 people parading through the city, plus numerous after parties and events.
Rio de Janeiro
Taking place in a city that knows how to party, Rio Pride never fails to disappoint. The official festival is held in November (exact dates to be confirmed) with a party on Copacabana Beach, with DJs, drag queens and thousands of attendees.
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