Pride season is right around the corner! With so many amazing gatherings of LGBTQ people happening all around the world, we decided to compile everything you need to know in one place. No matter where you call home, our Pride Calendar for 2018 has important details about the best Pride parades and festivals happening near and far.
Pride Calendar for May
Tokyo Rainbow Pride, April 28–May 6
Tokyo Rainbow Pride, the largest LGBT Pride in Japan, is a week-long event organized by the city’s LGBT community to support and promote awareness and equality. Events take place throughout the city over the course of a week at Yoyogi Park, culminating with the lavish main parade on Sunday, May 6.
Beirut Pride, May 14–20
Beirut Pride takes place annually around May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. It’s described as a “collaborative platform that takes a positive stance against hate and discrimination based on gender and sexual diversity.”
Long Beach Pride, May 19–20
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Long Beach Pride Festival and Parade, which annually attracts over 80,000 participants over the two-day event.
Puerto Vallarta Pride, May 20–27
Vallarta Pride, the biggest LGBTQ event in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, returns for its sixth year with a whole week of cultural events, including a performance by Steve Grand, a drag derby and a march against homophobia.
Pride Winnipeg, May 25–June 3
The Pride Winnipeg Festival runs for 10 days and consists of an array of cultural events that celebrate its incredibly diverse LGBTQ community. The main “Pride Day” celebrations take place on Sunday, June 3.
Utah Pride, May 30–June 3
The week-long festivities that make up the Utah Pride Festival in Salt Lake City are a reminder of Utah’s thriving LGBTQ population. Besides a spectacular march, rally and festival, there’s also a Pride youth dance, a 5k run, a Pride interfaith service and a program of speakers and films.
Pride Calendar for June
Pittsburgh Pride, June 1–10
Pittsburgh Pride’s new multi-day concert event, Pride Rocks PGH, has a very special performer for its first year. Troye Sivan will headline, making his Pride debut at the concert event that caps off 10 incredible days of LGBTQ celebration.
Provincetown Pride, June 1–3
Provincetown is already one of the most exhilirating gay destinations in America, so we can’t imagine how extra fabulous the Cape Cod beach town becomes for its annual Pride celebration.
Boston Pride, June 1–10
The Boston Pride Parade is a march to celebrate and promote equal rights for the region’s LGBTQ communities. As one of the biggest and most popular Pride parades in the country, individuals and organizations from around New England will walk together to advocate for equality, respect and inclusivity.
Milano Pride, June 1–22
Milano Pride is a parade and week-long festival held at the end of June each year in Milan, Italy’s most LGBT-friendly destination. During that week, many gay cultural events take place, mainly in Casa dei Diritti (House of Rights). The parade takes place on the last Saturday of the week. Porta Venezia, the heart of the gay district in Milan, hosts “Pride Square,” where vendors sell food and drink with live concerts and performances.
Guadalajara Pride, June 2
Known as a vibrant cosmopolitan city, Guadalajara hosts one of the top gay Pride parades in Latin America. Last year Guadalajara Pride saw more than 60,000 people turn out for the celebrations.
São Paolo Pride, June 3
São Paulo Gay Pride is considered the biggest and one of the best gay Pride parades in the world. In fact, it holds the title of “largest Pride” in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Jersey Pride, June 3
Asbury Park is one of the gayest beaches on the East Coast, and rightfully so, as it plays host to New Jersey’s statewide Pride every year.
Pride Puerto Rico, June 3
The message of this year’s Pride Puerto Rico will be especially important, as Hurricane Maria has brought a new devastating reality to the small island. Historically the Pride march has been a space of denunciation, for fighting back and for constant visibility — not only for LGBTQ communities, but for dozens of causes, groups and ideas that seek to make Puerto Rico a better place. Organizers promise that this year will be no exception.
Playa del Carmen, June 4–10
Beautiful Playa del Carmen will have a week of LGBT Pride events, with the theme for 2018 being “Navegando por Amor” (navigating for love).
Key West Pride, June 6–10
Key West has long been known for its open and accepting atmosphere. Celebrating LGBT Pride on the tropical island known for its laid-back style is an exceptional experience.
Capital Pride, June 7–10
The nation’s capital is home to one of the country’s best Pride celebrations. The Capital Pride parade sees thousands of onlookers line up along Dupont Circle. This year’s theme is “Elements of Us” to inspire everyone — no matter their identity, race, sexuality, gender, spirituality, experience, beliefs or goals — to be who they’re meant to be. Take a stand with tens of thousands in the LGBTQ community at our nation’s capital.
Baltimore Pride, June 7–17
This year’s theme for Baltimore Pride is “United We Shine,” representative of transforming fears into empowerment and embracing community to fight for justice and dignity.
Tel Aviv Gay Pride, June 8
Tel Aviv Pride is the largest LGBT event in the Middle East. In a city where gay life is everywhere, Pride is a joyous celebration in which the entire community joins. From dancing in the streets to parades by the beach, it’s a wild good time full of eye candy galore.
New Orleans Pride, June 8–10
New Orleans Pride, one of the nation’s few nighttime LGBT parades, draws more than 70,000 spectators to the French Quarter. The night before, though, the crowds hit Fired Up, a disco dance party. If you’ve still got strength after that, Family Equality Day at Longue Vue House and Gardens is where to be.
Milwaukee Pride, June 8–10
Locals look forward to the Milwaukee Pride Parade all year long. The family-oriented celebration has been taking place every year since 2004. This year the parade is held on June 10 and will be themed “Remember the Past, Create the Future!”
Zurich Pride, June 8–17
Every June the festival site on the Kasernenareal is transformed into a party hotspot, where all members of the LGBT community and their allies are welcome. The highlights of Zurich Pride Festival are the parade and the concerts by national and international artists.
Shanghai Pride, June 8–18
First held in 2009, ShanghaiPRIDE was significant in that it was the first time a mass LGBT event took place in mainland China. This year, the theme of ShanghaiPRIDE’s 10th anniversary is “Our Community | Our Identity | Our Pride.”
Indy Pride Festival, June 9
Indy Pride, Inc. produces events that educate, honor our history and celebrate the diversity of the Indianapolis LGBTQ community. Throughout the past five years, the festival has presented several platforms for entertainment, opportunities and community growth for the LGBTQ community in the area, and this year will surely be no different.
Athens Pride, June 9
The first Athens Pride took place in June 2005. Although various “Pride” events had been held in the Greek city since the mid-’80s, Athens Pride 2005 marked the first Pride Parade through the city center and past the Hellenic Parliament during daylight hours. Since 2005, the Athens Pride festival has grown exponentially in size. It’s estimated that more than 25,000 people took part in 2017.
Warsaw Equality Pride, June 9
Not referred to as a Pride parade, the Warsaw Equality Parade in the Polish capital attracts thousands of participants every year. Celebrating the lives of LGBTQ people and advocating for equality, the march culminates in talks and live performances.
Detroit: Motor City Pride, June 9–10
An authentically Detroit celebration of the LGBT community, Motor City Pride attracts some 40,000 people each year. Motor City Pride is held in Downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza. The event’s centerpiece is a parade as well as a street festival, complete with food, vendors and entertainment.
Los Angeles Pride, June 9–10
Christopher Street West, the nonprofit that produces the annual L.A. Pride Festival and Parade, announced earlier this year that R&B sensation Kehlani and international pop star Tove Lo will headline the 2018 festival. They will take over the festival’s Park Stage on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, respectively. These women mark the first wave of performers to be announced for this year’s celebration, making its anticipated return to West Hollywood Park.
Thunder Bay Pride, June 9–16
This eight-day slate of events celebrates the LGBT and two-spirited communities in the Thunder Bay, Ontario, area. The 2017 schedule included events like an awareness breakfast, the pride parade, a film night and the Pride in the Park music festival at Waverley Park.
Alaska Pride Festival, June 9–16
Alaska PrideFest is a week-long celebration of the state’s LGBT community in Anchorage, featuring more than 20 business-supported events, including the popular Equality Parade and PrideFestival.
Roma Pride, June 9
On June 9, the LGBTQ community of Rome will once again take to the streets to demand full equality for all citizens. The organization’s spokesman, Sebastiano Secci, says, “Pride is not just a parade but a political platform that requires commitment and dedication. We, as the planners, intend to raise the bar to offer our fellow citizens an event that is ever greater, more open, free and effective.”
Vienna Pride, June 9–18
The highlight of Vienna Pride every year is the Rainbow Parade, taking place this year on June 16. It moves along Vienna’s Ringstrasse boulevard. The popular Pride Village will be set up on City Hall Square again this year, where vendors, food stalls, lounges and a lineup of DJs provide daily entertainment.
Sydney Pride Festival, June 8–30
While Australia’s most infamous fathering of LGBTQ people is Mardi Gras in March, Sydney still hosts a fabulous Pride Festival in June that attracts queer people from all over Australia for the 22-day festival.
Philly Pride, June 10
Philly Pride kicks off with a block party on June 16 at 12th and Locust Streets. PrideDay, the LGBT Pride parade and festival, begins in the heart of the Gayborhood at 13th and Locust Streets at 11:30 a.m., proceeding through Center City and Philadelphia’s historic district to Penn’s Landing. Margaret Cho is headlining this year’s special 30th anniversary celebration.
Ibiza Gay Pride, June 13–16
Ibiza has a long history of hosting LGBT events and supporting the community. Ibiza Gay Pride is one of the largest and most important LGBT events in Europe, with up to 50,000 participants from 50 different countries taking part in ongoing cultural activities over the span of five days.
Sitges Gay Pride, June 14–18
If Barcelona’s bang is too big for your buck, then hop on the train for a 40-minute ride to Sitges. Last year 60,000 folks flocked to this quaint Mediterranean city for a beachfront Pride like no other. Highlights include an underwear party, an evening Pride parade, a masked ball and tribute acts honoring Beyonce, ABBA, Queen and the Spice Girls. The main parade takes place on Sunday, June 17.
New York City Pride, June 14–24
New York Pride — where the first-ever Pride march was held in 1970 — is arguably the biggest Pride celebration in the United States. This year’s march steps off on June 24. Following the march, the Pride Island dance music and culture festival will be headlined by gay icon Kylie Minogue. The parade route has been reversed in anticipation of next year’s World Pride, so it will begin in the Village by the historical Stonewall Inn, go up 5th Avenue and end in midtown Manhattan, in the shadow of the Empire State Building.
Kentuckiana Pride, June 15–16
The largest LGBTQ event in Kentucky, Big Freedia and Lizzo are headlining Kentuckiana Pride, which welcomes the queer community of Louisville once a year.
Columbus Pride, June 15–17
There were 200 marchers in Columbus’ first Pride parade back in 1981. Today there are more than 10,000 locals from the community who march during Saturday’s parade, and more than 500,000 who come to cheer them on. There’s also a festival on Friday and Saturday that weekend, and a Pride Brunch on Sunday.
Wilton Manors Pride, June 16
The gay enclave of greater Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, hosts its own Stonewall Parade and Festival. In its 18th year, the parade featuring local community heroes, dignitaries and organizations begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Baton Rouge Pride, June 16
Since beginning with less than 500 attendees and 15 resource fair participants in 2007, Baton Rouge Pride has grown to be Louisiana’s largest Pride celebration — with more than 12,500 attendees and nearly 75 organizations in the resource fair in 2017. Better yet, since 2010, it also is the South’s (if not the world’s) largest indoor, family-friendly Pride celebration.
Denver Pridefest, June 16–17
PrideFest in Denver provides the community with plenty of events drawing crowds by the thousands. This year’s main stage performance (still TBD) will be held on June 16. Then, on June 17, head to the PrideFest Parade to show off your best rainbow gear.
Pride Northwest, June 16–17
Portland’s LGBT celebration, Pride Northwest, is one of the largest Pride celebrations in the United States, and one of the most diverse, too.
Providence Pride, June 16
Providence’s 41st annual Illuminated Night Parade will be held on Saturday, June 16. Back in 1976 when the first march was held — with only 75 participants — state and city leaders attempted to block the parade. The organizers were able to get a court ruling that allowed the march to continue. Today, the diverse community celebrates how far they’ve come.
LGBT Pride Dublin, June 21–30
In 1983, the first Dublin LGBT Pride Parade had taken place and has been going ever since, drawing bigger crowds each year. Dublin’s Pride parade is now one of Europe’s biggest, with up to 30,000-plus people marching in 2017. It’s gotten so big, it’s the second biggest festival in the country.
Pride Toronto, June 22–24
Toronto is home to one of the most important gayborhoods in North America. So of course its annual pride celebration is worth a trip.
Barcelona Pride, June 22–30
Barcelona Pride takes place in the heart of the city’s most prestigious neighborhood and is a party enjoyed by everyone in the city, LGBTQ or otherwise. The week leading up to the main parade is filled with parties, cultural events and theme nights.
London Pride, June 9–July 7
London’s annual Pride celebration is almost a month long, starting with a festival and ending with a huge Pride parade that provides a platform for every part of London’s LGBTQ community “to campaign for the freedoms that will allow us to live our lives on a genuinely equal footing.”
Oslo Pride, June 23–30
The event was first established as “Gay Days” in 1982 and got its current name in 2014. Oslo Pride consists of more than 150 small and large events over the course of 10 days.
Cincinnati Pride, June 23
This year, Cincinnati Pride celebrates its 45th year. Stepping off from Seventh and Central Avenue, the parade showcases a spirit of togetherness and love along Vine Street and Freedom Way before ending at Yeatman’s Cove for an all-day festival.
Cleveland Pride, June 23
Cleveland’s Pride Parade includes over 35 floats and 50 community groups marching directly into Voinovich Park. The Pride Festival features three stages, a food court, a beer garden, dancing and in partnership with the Lesbian Gay Community Service Center also includes a children’s pavilion, youth zone and senior space. The festival has grown to over 22,000 attendees, gay and straight, who come out to celebrate the LGBTQ community of the Greater Cleveland area.
Gay Pride Houston, June 23
More than 70,000 people, decked-out in rainbow apparel, join Houston’s LGBT Pride Celebration to either march or line the streets of Downtown Houston in support.
Mexico City Pride, June 23
Mexico City is one of the most populated cities in the world, with more than 21 million citizens, and every year at Pride, the city fills with even more diversity and love. Last year there were more than 500,000 people marching. At the event, there are always top Latin performers and pop culture idols. The headliner is always a secret until the very last moment, but it’s always a crowd-pleaser, and the Mexico City Pride stage is a platform where several Latin idols have built their careers.
Twin Cities Pride, June 23–24
The Twin Cities Pride Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota, welcomes exhibitors who support the LGBTQ community. With 400 exhibitor booths, 40 food vendors, and four free stages with music and other performances, there’s something for everyone.
Nashville Pride, June 23–24
The organizers over at Nashville Pride always bring in great musical talent for their festival, and this year is no different. Wilson Phillips headlines, with Jojo, Steve Grand, Taylor Bennet, Fletcher and Chely Wright also stepping onstage.
Pride St. Louis, June 23–24
This annual Pride festival will take place in Downtown St. Louis at Soldier’s Memorial on June 23 and 24. The community picked this year’s theme, “Remember. Rise. Respect.” Last year 300,000 people attended the celebration.
St. Petersburg Pride, June 23–24
St. Petersburg Pride, Florida’s largest, is a vibrant festival featuring art, music and performances of all kinds. Highlights include the Pride parade, a lively spectacle that runs right through the heart of the gayborhood, St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District. And you don’t have to endure the harsh sun, as the procession begins at sunset on Saturday, June 23.
San Francisco Pride, June 23–24
Celebrating its 48th year, San Francisco Pride is a world leader in the LGBT Pride movement. It is San Francisco after all, one of the world’s original gay meccas, home of the first openly gay man to be elected to public office, Harvey Milk.
Seattle Pride, June 24
The 43rd annual Seattle Pride Parade sashays from Fourth Avenue down to Second Avenue near Seattle Center.
Chicago Pride, June 24
Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade has been taking place every June for 48 years. The entire month is filled with musicals, cruises on Lake Michigan, food truck festivals and even a kickoff party called Furball. But the main event is the parade happening on June 24. More than 1 million people usually attend to show their support for the LGBTQ community.
Rio Gay Pride, June 24
Rio Gay Pride, or Orgulho LGBT Rio as it is known in Brazil, is promoted by the Rio-based organization Rainbow Group for Homosexual Awareness. In the parade “trios elétricos,” or sound-wired trucks, make their way along the Copacabana beach while people party and dance on and around them. Usually the event is held in November, but this year it will be taking place in June.
Helsinki Gay Pride, June 25–July 1
Pride week in Helsinki features diverse programming. There are lectures on current topics, discussions, sunny picnics, workshops, art and culture and of course several awesome parties that continue until the early morning. There are events for all ages. Targeting participants of 13 to 25 years, the Youth Pride (Nuorten Pride) forms its own entity of Helsinki Pride.
Manila Metro Pride, June 30
The date for Manila Metro Pride has been set for June 30. Metro Manila Pride, the first in Southeast Asia, is an annual community-driven celebration. Smaller in size, the event is headed up by Task Force Pride, a local group of passionate activists.
Paris Gay Pride March, June 30
This year the Paris Gay Pride March will be the highlight of a two-week celebration of LGBT culture and diversity, with tons of events. More than 700,000 spectators and participants take part in the parade, which begins on Saturday at 2 p.m., departing at the Luxembourg Metro. The procession finishes at Place de la Republique, where there’s a Pride celebration from 4–9 p.m.
Istanbul Pride, June 18–24
The LGBTQ community of Istanbul hosts a week-long festival that culminates in a parade on Sunday, June 24.
Pride Calendar for July
Limerick Pride, July 2–8
Last year’s Limerick Pride was a huge success and focused on empowering LGBTQ youth. Not too many details for this year’s celebration have been released yet, but attendees can expect a fabulous parade, festival and the annual Horse Meat Disco dance party.
Cologne Gay Pride, July 6–8
A street festival takes place Friday to Sunday in the Old Town of Cologne, with a very special parade on Sunday afternoon.
Madrid Pride, July 7
Even though it won’t be hosting WorldPride this year, Madrid is still a destination that presents one of the largest and richest LGBT festivals in the world. Flags and garlands lining the Chueca neighborhood are a reminder that the LGBT Pride celebrations are underway, proof of what this city is: open, cosmopolitan and diverse.
Munich: CSD Festival, July 7–15
Nine days of partying makes up the Munich Gay Pride festival, also known as the Christopher Street Day festival (CSD Munich). All sorts of events are held in the run up to the main march, which is held on the second Saturday. The march ends with a street festival — with lots of entertainment and food and drink — and this continues until the next day.
Luxembourg Pride, July 8–14
Luxembourg Pride traditionally takes place on the second Saturday in July. People can come and enjoy an interesting mix of art, music, shows and socio-political debate.
Colorado Springs Pride, July 14–15
PrideFest is the official Colorado Springs LGBT Pride festival and parade. It takes place in America the Beautiful Park. Saturday is reserved as Family Day with a ton of fun activities for kids of all ages and shows on two stages. The parade starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Cimarron and Tejon, marching North to Colorado Avenue and then west to the park.
San Diego Pride July 14–15
Famed group TLC will headline its very first Pride event this summer at the 2018 San Diego Pride Festival. They’ll be leading more than 90 other acts for the city’s annual festivities. “We are so looking forward to performing at San Diego Pride,” Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins said in a statement. “There is so much power in expressing yourself without fear. We hope all LGBTQ people will stand proud and be exactly who they are. Persist with Pride!”
Amsterdam Pride, July 28–Aug. 5
Amsterdam Gay Pride is one of the most unique and largest Pride events around the world. During the first weekend of August you can enjoy a series of circuit parties, street parties and the world’s only gay Canal Parade. The only Pride parade where the floats actually float, this unique procession takes place on Amsterdam’s famous canals.
CSD Berlin, July 28
Known by locals as CSD Berlin (Christopher Street Day) and by the rest of us as Gay Pride Berlin, the festivities are spread over a week and offer around 200 events. Berlin’s Christopher Street Day offers one of the most eclectic Pride celebrations in Europe, with events including shows, exhibitions, lectures, films, concerts and plenty of partying.
Glasgow Gay Pride, July 14–15
5,000 people take part in Pride Glasgow’s annual parade each year, while 50,000 watch as the colorful procession makes it way through the Glasgow City Centre.
Hamburg Gay Pride, July 27–August 5
Celebrated as Christopher Street Day (CSD) in memory of the gay uprising on New York’s Christopher Street in June 1969, Hamburg Pride hosts a street festival on Aug. 5 and a parade on Aug. 4.
Leipzig: CSD, July 13–21
The week of the CSD Leipzig ends with a demonstration, a street festival and the Prideball, the huge CSD closing party.
Liverpool Pride, July 31
The Liverpool Pride festival takes place on the last weekend of July, in memory of the anniversary of Michael Causer’s death on Aug. 2. Causer was a teenager who died after being assaulted at a college party for being gay. The Pride festival held in his honor paints the city in rainbow colors to raise awareness of hate crimes, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. The festival weekend brings together big names from music and entertainment, as well as so many local bands and artists.
Stockholm Gay Pride, July 27–Aug. 5
In 1998, Stockholm Pride was founded when Stockholm hosted EuroPride for the first time. In contrast to how the “Gay Liberation Week” had been organized, Stockholm Pride was founded as a platform for cooperation between different organizations within the LGBTQ community. Stockholm Pride is now the largest LGBTQ event in Scandinavia as well as the largest annual event in Stockholm.
Pride Calendar for August
Vancouver Gay Pride, Aug. 5
In 2018, the Vancouver Pride Festival occurs during the first week of August, and the Vancouver Pride Parade takes place on Sunday, Aug. 5.
Prague Pride, Aug. 7–11
Prague held its first gay Pride in 2011, and it was an instant success with around 1 million people attending the seven-day festival. This year it’s set to be even better and more organized, with more parties and more acts onstage. The event focuses on the rights of LGBTQ people in Central Europe. Guest lectures and cultural events take place side by side with lots of fun circuit parties, concerts and informative exhibitions.
Montreal Pride, Aug. 9–19
Founded in 2007 as an initiative of Montréal’s sexual and gender diversity communities, Montréal Pride is now the largest gathering on this matter in the Francophone world. Today, Montréal Pride attracts nearly 2.7 million local and international visitors for 11 days of community and cultural activities including free shows, panels, community day and the parade.
Calgary Gay Pride, Aug. 24-Sept. 3
2018 is the 28th anniversary of the annual Calgary Pride Parade, the signature event that colors all of Downtown Calgary. Originally a small march of LGBTQ Calgarians, some of whom wore masks and bags over their faces to protect themselves from persecution, the event has grown to become the second biggest parade in Calgary.
Austin Pride, Aug. 25
On Aug. 25, Austin will host its annual Pride parade that’s put on by the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation (AGLPF), a fully volunteer-run, nonprofit organization. Each year the parade grows in attendees as well as in participants. Over 100 floats, organizations and performers will participate in this year’s parade.
Québec City Pride, Aug. 30–Sept. 2
Taking place during Labor Day weekend, the Québec City Pride attracts more than 35,000 people to Downtown Quebec. Attendees are able to enjoy three evenings of free shows in Place d’Youville and two days of entertainment on Saint-Jean Street in addition to conferences, themed nights and plenty of other activities.
Pride Calendar for September
Caribbean Pride, Sept. 15–22
This September, the CHIC Punta Cana resort will host Caribbean Pride, where for seven days, over 50 Pride events will take place with hundreds of hot attendees partying under the sun.
Dallas Pride, Sept. 15–16
The theme of this year’s Dallas Pride parade is “Vote NOH8 in the Lone Star State.” Jeff Parshley and Adam Bouska, who originated the NOH8 campaign, will be honorary grand marshals of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade.
Virginia Gay Pride, Sept. 22–23
Virginia’s annual PrideFest brings out thousands of locals and visitors to beautiful Brown Island in the middle of Richmond, Virginia. If your Pride Calendar for June is booked, that’s OK because this celebration is in September!
Curaçao Pride, Sept. 27–30
Curaçao Pride is a four-day-long event filled with plenty of parties and activities with local and international artists.
Pride Calendar for October
Atlanta Pride, Oct. 12–14
This Southern city has Pride events throughout the entire month of June (slike the Indie Lens Pop-Up Film screenings and the Victor Victoria burlesque show), but its annual Pride parade is held in October during Atlanta Pride weekend. The Pride weekend follows National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), and it’s usually centered round Piedmont Park, where the parade has traditionally ended each year since 1971.
OutFest, Oct. 7
OutFest is a fabulous celebration in the heart of Philadelphia’s gayborhood and is credited as the largest National Coming Out Day event in the world. With fabulous drag shows, rowdy bar crawls, a street fair and outdoor dance parties, the weekend also includes the Indigo Ball, a benefit for the city’s William Way LGBT Community Center.
Orlando Pride, Oct. 13
Orlando Pride, also known as Come Out With Pride, is celebrated during the first weekend in October. It aligns with National Coming Out Day and National Gay and Lesbian History Month. Between the marketplace, entertainment, Disney Kid Zone, parade, fireworks and food and drink, this event caters to the diverse communities that make up Central Florida.
Las Vegas Pride, Oct. 19–21
Sin City’s PRIDE! nighttime parade traditionally takes place downtown along 4th Street, one block from Las Vegas Boulevard, better known as “The Strip.”
Honolulu Pride, Oct. 20
The annual Honolulu Pride Pride Parade and Festival winds a scenic route along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Last year, with more than 20,000 viewers, 60 parade entrants, 115 movings units and 1,000 participants, the celebration was the biggest it ever was. This year plans on being even bigger.
Johannesburg Pride, Oct. 27
The first South African Pride parade was held towards the end of the apartheid era in Johannesburg on Oct. 13, 1990, the first such event on the African continent. The first event was attended by 800 people. Today Johannesburg Pride continues to be an important event celebrating the LGBTQ community of South Africa. Last year, approximately 7,500 people attended.
Pride Calendar for November
Greater Palm Springs Pride, Nov. 2–4
The first Pride in Palm Springs was organized 30 years ago. Billed as Sizzle, the LGBT community came together for an evening of celebration. Today, Greater Palm Springs Pride has expanded to a three-day celebration including a parade and free festival.
Buenos Aires Gay Pride Marcha Del Orgullo, Nov. 10
Attracting more than 100,000 people around the world, the LGBT Pride parade takes place in Buenos Aires every November, with music, dance and a lot color. The event starts in front of Argentina’s “pink house,” the Casa Rosada governmental palace in Plaza de Mayo, with live music and a diversity fair before the parade heads to the National Congress building.
Hong Kong Pride, Date TBD
The Hong Kong Pride Parade is an annual march in Hong Kong in support of LGBT rights. Homosexuality has been legal in Hong Kong since 1991 but there is still no legal recognition of any same-sex relationships and limited protection against discrimination.
Perth Pride, Date TBD
The theme for last year’s Perth PrideFEST was Freedom, credited as “a moment to stop highlighting all the things we don’t have, and instead celebrate the freedoms that we already enjoy.”
Taiwan LGBT Pride, Date TBD
Held in Taipei, Taiwan LGBT Pride is the first in Chinese society, and the second biggest in Asia. It’s organized by Taiwan LGBT Pride Community, a nonprofit organization funded by Taiwan LGBT NGOs and gender groups.