10 of the most colorful Pride celebrations happening this year

Person holding gay pride flag.

Every Pride celebration is different worldwide, with each being unique in their own way. Not sure which to attend? We’ve got you covered with a curated list of 10 of the biggest and most colorful parades and festivities happening this summer. 

1. São Paulo, Brazil | June 2, 2024

The São Paulo Pride Parade is recognized as the world’s largest Pride Parade by the Guinness World Record. This city’s celebration offers everything from all-day parties to street markets. The parade begins in front of the Museum of Art of São Paulo and goes down Rua da Consolação to Praça Roosevelt. Check out the LGBT+ Diversity Cultural Fair at Memorial Da América Latina on May 30th, a few days before the parade, showcasing hand-made crafts, workshops, and LGBTQIA+ artist performances. 

Group of people holding gay pride flag marching down the streets of Sao Paulo.

2. Los Angeles, USA | June 9, 2024

The 53rd annual LA Pride Parade will take place on June 9th with music, performances, and surprises taking over Hollywood Blvd. This year, LA is setting up a Parade Block Party, a free party featuring food, performance, activities and more, adjacent to the parade. If you’re there a couple of days in advance, check out some of the earlier activities like LA Pride in the Park, happening on June 8th with a special performance by Ricky Martin. 

California state flag with gay pride colors.

3. Dublin, Ireland | June 29, 2024

Dublin’s Pride Parade will be held on June 29th and is the largest parade on the island of Ireland. While this day is to celebrate inclusivity, it’s also when the LGBTQIA+ community protests and remembers the country’s lack of acceptance in years past. This year, you can expect to see more art, social and cultural exhibitions throughout the city than ever before. In addition to the parade, Dublin is offering Pride Village in Merrion Square, with live music, big screens, food and a family & community zone. 

Man wearing crown and gay pride flag in Dublin.

4. Mexico City, Mexico | June 29, 2024

Mexico City Pride, also known as Marcha del Orgullo LGBT de la Ciudad de México, is one of Latin America’s most fun Pride events and the second largest in the area (after Saõ Paulo). During this time, Zona Rosa (an area in the city where many LGBTQIA+ bars and businesses operate), attracts thousands of LGBTQIA+ tourists looking to celebrate. The parade route begins at the Angel of Independence in Zona Rosa and goes throughout the city until it reaches Zocalo. Mexico City is also holding its 4th edition of the Lencha (lesbian) March on June 22nd, celebrating lesbian pride.

Woman holding gay pride flag in Mexico City.

5. Paris, France | June 29, 2024

In Paris, the annual Pride Parade will be held on Saturday, June 29th. This event has taken place since 2001 and is a cultural, celebratory and activist-filled festivity that fights for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. Its goal is to bring better visibility to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people while also celebrating their pride. The parade ends at a large podium where artists and activists will take the stage. 

People marching in the gay pride parade in Paris.

6. New York City, USA | June 30, 2024

New York City Pride has so much to offer in terms of events in addition to the parade. Start your day off by visiting PrideFest in Greenwich Village, a street fair that combines exhibitors, food and entertainers. After the festival, make sure to watch the march, which now includes recognition of the fight against AIDS and remembers those who have lost their lives to the illness. Continue your day with Bliss Days, an annual celebration of LGBTQIA+ women featuring DJs, dancers and pop-up performances.

People celebrating gay pride in New York City.

7. San Francisco, USA | June 30, 2024

Get ready for the annual San Francisco Pride Parade with a special appearance by Billy Porter, who also happens to be this year’s celebrity grand marshal! The celebration begins the day before the parade at Civic Center Plaza with music, performances, food and merchandise vendors. The parade takes place the following morning and is one of the largest LGBTQIA+ celebrations in the world. Attend and experience a diverse group of floats, dancers and community organizations who are committed to creating equality in the world. If you find yourself in the city earlier in June, buy tickets for the Pride Kickoff Party happening at the Tenderloin Museum.

Building lit up in pride colors in San Francisco.

8. Toronto, Canada | June 30, 2024

Toronto has everything you need for Pride, from street fairs to a celebration at the Toronto Zoo. The month of June ends with the city’s annual Pride Parade, estimated to have over 200,000 marchers and 2.4 million spectators. Don’t miss out on the Toronto Jazz Festival, which takes place during Pride every year and features artists such as André 3000 and Hiatus Kaioyte.

A sign that says "be you here" surrounded by gay pride colors.

9. Madrid, Spain | July 6, 2024

Madrid Pride, more popularly known in Spanish as the Orgullo Gay de Madrid (MADO), is known as one of the best LGBTQIA+ celebrations in the world. The festivities begin on June 28th and continue for a week offering a wide range of cultural activities, political activism and events. The Madrid Pride Parade will be taking place on July 6th and will go from Atocha Train Station to Plaza de Colón. And you can’t go to Madrid’s Pride without attending the famous High Heel Race on July 4th. This high-speed race consists of participants dressed in high heels of up to 15 cm running down Pelayo Street as fast as they can to win the first-place prize. 

People celebrating during the Madrid gay pride parade.

10. Berlin, Germany | July 27, 2024

The Berlin Pride Celebration, also known as Christopher Street Day, runs throughout July, with activities ranging from parties to discussion panels. As one of the biggest Pride celebrations in Europe, it’s no wonder Berlin hosts so many activities during the month. Check here to stay up to date with what events will be taking place and when. End your pride celebration with the parade, which will run from Kurfürstendamm to the Brandenburg Gate and typically ends with concerts and surprise guest stars. 

People celebrating gay pride in the streets of Berlin.

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