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The Best Places to Visit for Pride Month
June is a great time for a city break chiming in with Pride marches/parades and festivals in an array of fantastic cities around the world, all celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and achievements as well as doubling up as demonstrations for legal rights. The following take place mainly in June in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots in NYC – a turning point in modern LGBTQ social movements.
Paris Pride Parade – 25th June
The French capital’s Marche des Fiertés LGBTQ – which began in the 1980s – starts at Place de la Concorde and threads its way through the central districts of Châtelet, Le Marais, Pont de Sully and Bastille, taking over mighty Place de la République for a huge party. Come early for build-up celebrations in the gay district, Le Marais. The event is also part of the Paris Pride Fortnight.
Note also that Disneyland Paris is celebrating Pride on 11 June, with an exclusive parade, live music and lots of family-focused fun.
San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration – 25th and 26th June
The 52nd annual San Fran Pride returns after a two-year hiatus on a ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ theme and will include rallies and more than 20 community-run stages and venues, including the Trans Stage and the Sober Drag Show, plus a main stage at the bottom of the City Hall steps on Polk Street.
NYC Pride March – 26th June
New York City’s Pride celebrations kick off on 15th June with an array of screenings and other events designed for all ages, in venues around the city. The parade is the culmination – a march first held in held in 1970 and now an annual civil rights demonstration. Beginning at noon, it passes the Stonewall National Monument and the New York City AIDS Memorial before winding up in Chelsea.
Pride in London – 2nd July
The biggest and most diverse Pride in Britain is a special one for 2022, celebrating 50 years of Pride in the UK. As well as the parade of 300+ floats and performing groups through central London to Trafalgar Square, this year also sees the return of Pride's Got Talent for the 10th year, elevating LGBT+ talent in two categories, Music and Cabaret, with the winners of each will performing on a stage on 2 July. The Pride festival as a whole comprises a programme of events showcasing LGBT+ culture, including theatre, dance, art, cinema, parties and other activities across the city.
Amsterdam Canal Parade – 6th August
Amsterdam’s event, this year themed ‘My gender, my pride’, is one of Netherlands’ largest publicly held annual events, with street and dance parties over an entire weekend. It’s centred on the unique Canal Parade, which sees about 80 lavishly decorated boats and barges with onboard DJs cruising the city’s famous canals, celebrating the past, present and future of the LGBTI community. The route goes from Oosterdok to to Westerdok, via the Nieuwe Herengracht, Amstel and Prinsengracht.
Berlin Christopher Street Day Parade – 23rd June
Bearing a motto this year of ‘United in Love! Against Hate, War and’ Discrimination’, this annual event – which first took place in 1979 – will be a mask-wearing, protest-focused event with the party element taking a back seat for 2022. That said, Pride Month Berlin remains a lively time of LGBTQ-related events from film screenings to boat parties, and there is also the smaller Kreuzberg Pride with its more local vibe.
Celebrity Cruises® - 2023
If you’re already looking to Pride Month 2023, Celebrity Cruises® will be hosting its annual Pride Party at Sea. Every ship will be taking part in the celebration, bringing crew and guests together to honour and celebrate Pride with destinations including the Eastern Med, Alaska, Scandinavia, the Italian Riviera and Iceland. Onboard events include a flag raising ceremony, a pride party and guest entertainers.
To book flights/train and accommodation package for your Pride city break, or for more information or inspiration, contact your Travel Counsellor today.
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