Last Updated on June 16, 2023 by AIFS Abroad
Pride parades are vibrant celebrations of love, equality, and acceptance for the LGBTQIA+ community. Each year, these events attract millions of people from all around the world, showcasing the progress made in LGBTQIA+ rights while promoting unity and visibility. Want to experience the excitement and energy of Pride parades for yourself?
Let’s go on a quick tour! Here are a few (of the many) large Pride parades around the world:
1. New York City, USA 🇺🇸
New York City hosts one of the largest Pride parades in the world. Every June, millions of spectators line the sidewalks while tens of thousands of participants pack the streets, commemorating the historic Stonewall Inn uprising. It’s a powerful display of resilience and pride.
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2. Madrid, Spain 🇪🇸
Known as “Orgullo Gay de Madrid” or MADO, Madrid’s Pride festival is the biggest in Spain and one of the largest in the world. The march happens every year on the first Saturday of July. The parade route starts at Atocha train station and ends at Plaza de Colón. Along the way, it passes through some of Madrid’s most famous landmarks, including the Prado Museum, the Royal Palace, and the Cibeles Fountain.
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3. Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪
Berlin’s Pride event, known as “Christopher Street Day” or CSD, first started in 1979. The parade is usually held in late July or early August. There are two main events – the CSD Demo March (held along the famous Kurfürstendamm) and the CSD Finale (at the Brandenburg Gate).
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4. Sydney, Australia 🇦🇺
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a dazzling celebration that coincides with Carnival festivities in late February or early March. The parade lights up the city streets with vibrant colors, extravagant costumes, and energetic performances. Sydney’s Pride is renowned for its inclusivity and vibrant atmosphere.
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5. Paris, France 🇫🇷
The Paris Pride parade, known locally as “Marche des Fiertés LGBTQ+”, takes place in late June. In a commendable effort to reduce the event’s environmental footprint, organizers have eliminated floats for the 2023 parade.
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6. Vienna, Austria 🇦🇹
Vienna’s Pride celebration spans nearly three weeks, with the highlight being the Rainbow Parade held on a Saturday at the end of June or early July. The parade showcases the city’s diversity and inclusivity, bringing together people from all backgrounds to celebrate love and acceptance.
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7. London, England 🇬🇧
As one of the largest and oldest Pride parades from around the world, London’s Pride event in early July boasts a rich history and an inclusive spirit that permeates the city’s streets. The parade, which starts at Baker Street and ends at Whitehall, features over 30,000 participants and one million spectators. And the fun doesn’t stop there – after the parade, there’s a celebration at Trafalgar Square that goes well into the night.
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8. Prague, Czech Republic 🇨🇿
Pride in Prague usually takes place in early August. The Saturday afternoon Rainbow Parade is a pedestrian-focused event that emphasizes inclusivity and visibility. The parade concludes with an afterparty in Letna Park, providing an opportunity for further celebration and connection.
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9. Budapest, Hungary 🇭🇺
Budapest’s Pride parade is the highlight of the city’s week-long Pride event, held each July. While smaller in scale compared to some other celebrations, it attracts thousands of people who come together to show their support for LGBTQIA+ rights.
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10. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica 🇨🇷
Celebrating Pride on a stunning beach in Costa Rica sounds pretty amazing, right? Every July, the Pride parade makes its way along Playa Espadilla. You’ll see folks from all walks of life, whether they’re locals or tourists, coming together to celebrate diversity and show their support for the LGBTQIA+ community. The atmosphere is electric. It’s not just a parade – it’s a vibrant party where you can be yourself, express your true colors and be surrounded by love and understanding.
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11. Rome, Italy 🇮🇹
Rome has celebrated Pride since 1994, with the parade usually taking place on the first Saturday of June. Starting at Piazza della Republicca and winding through the streets of the Eternal City, the Pride Parade in Rome is a lively and colorful event that showcases the city’s support for the LGBTQIA+ community.
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12. Milan, Italy 🇮🇹
Organized by the Milano Pride organization, Milan’s Pride parade and festival take place at the end of June each year. In 2022, a staggering 300,000 people marched in the parade, demonstrating the city’s increasing commitment to equality and acceptance.
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13. Dublin, Ireland 🇮🇪
Ireland’s capital city hosts an annual Pride celebration known as Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride, which is a vibrant and inclusive event. The week-long celebration includes concerts, parties, workshops, and cultural events aimed at promoting equality and the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. Highlights throughout June include the Pride Parade and March, the Pride Village at Merrion Square, and the Mother Pride Bloq Party.
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These 13 destinations offer incredible Pride parades and celebrations that attract people from around the world.
From the historic streets of New York City to the stunning beaches of Costa Rica, each Pride parade is a unique and vibrant experience that celebrates diversity and promotes equality. Attending these Pride events not only allows you to join in the festivities but also shows solidarity and support for the LGBTQIA+ community worldwide.
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