The Best Pride Festivals Around the World 2019

Leah Fishman

Vermont, USA

June 28th marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall Uprising: the historic event that marked the start of the modern movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual rights (LGBTQIA+) across the globe.

To celebrate, hundreds of pride celebrations will take place in every nook and cranny of the world. With demonstrations, seminars, parties, marches, film festivals, concerts, parades, and more, there’s something for everyone at pride (and at pride, everyone is welcome).

Ready to grab your rainbow flag and get your pride on? Here’s our list of the 23 best Pride Festivals around the world:

Madrid Pride 2019:

Madrid (MADO) Pride, Madrid, Spain. Credit: Madrid Pride

Madrid Pride 2019: June 28th – July 7th 2019

Celebrating a half-century of LGBTQ+ liberation in Spain, MADO (Madrid Pride) is a colorful week-long party with open air concerts, parties, art, culture and sport, all taking place in Chueca: Madrid’s famous gay neighborhood and the very center of the city. The climax is the parade, with over 2 million attendees expected in 2019.

Madrid Pride Parade: July 6th, 2019

The parade starts at Atocha Station and ends in Plaza de Colón. At the Plaza, a huge crowd and stage will welcome all the participants with music, dancing, and a reading of the manifesto of freedom, inclusion and diversity.

Pro Tip:

What’s better than one pride festival? Two. Check out WE Pride 2019: a 5-day fest that’s less about culture and history and more about fun: parties, VIP events, and world-class DJs.

New York City WorldPride 2019:

NYC Pride 2019: June 1st – June 30th, 2019

30 days, 50+ events, 3 million people. This year, NYC is the official 2019 host of WorldPride, an international celebration of LGBTQ+ pride. The event will honor of Stonewall 50, the riots that took place in New York City’s very own Greenwich Village over 50 years ago.

NYC Pride March: June 30th, 2019

The first march was held in 1970, and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has expanded to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect. The NYC WorldPride march starts at 26th Street & 5th Ave and ends at 23rd Street & 7th Ave.

Pro tip:

While registration is closed for the NYC WorldPride march, tickets are still available for the Opening Ceremony: a welcome celebration hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and featuring performances by Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Todrick Hall, Ciara, DJ Lina Bradford, Billy Porter, and Daya.

Paris Pride 2019

Paris Pride 2019: June 28th – June 30th, 2019

Grab your friends and head to Le Marais, Paris’ gay district, for a week of non-stop parties that ends with one big event: Marche des Fiertés LGBTQ (Paris Gay Pride Parade). Marche des Fiertés LGBTQ is a historic event for the French capital, born in the 80’s when a group of locals from the community united over a fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

Paris Pride Parade: June 29th, 2019

This year, the procession starts at Place de la Concorde (in front of the National Assembly) at 2pm and winds its way through Châtelet, Le Marais, Pont Sully, and Bastille, before concluding with a massive (and free!) party at Place de la République.

Pro tip:

As if Pride in Paris isn’t dreamy enough, Disneyland Paris is throwing their first official Pride celebration on June 1st, 2019.

Berlin Pride 2019:

CSD (Berlin Pride), Berlin, Germany. Credit: gayberlin4u

Berlin Pride 2019: July 26th – July 28th 2019

Berlin Pride is one of the biggest European pride events of the year. Known by locals as CSD (Christopher Street Day), the event is a gay landmark that’s been celebrated in Berlin since 1979. Today, four decades later, over one million people gather each year to honor LGBTQ+ equality and self-determination in Germany. Attendees of CSD can expect everything from official club nights in Kreuzberg to queer film screenings across the city.

Berlin Pride Parade: July 27th, 2019

On Saturday, the parade leaves at 12pm at Kurfürstendamm and finishes at 14:00 at Brandenburger Tor. After dark, a huge pride party will close the night and wrap up CSD celebrations.

Pro Tip:

Want to experience CSD from boat? Head over to the CSD auf der Spree for a pom-pom filled celebratory river tour.

Montréal Pride 2019:

Montreal Pride 2019: August 8th – August 18th

Founded in 2007 by Montréal’s sexual & gender diversity communities, Montréal Pride Festival, aka Festival Fierté Montréal, is now the largest Francophone pride gathering in the world. The organization’s primary mission is to “support and promote local communities while serving as a beacon of hope for people around the world who continue to battle injustice.” This year, Montréal Pride Festival will attract more than 2 million local and international visitors over two weeks of community, cultural and festive activities including free shows, panels, the Community Day and the oh-so-famous Pride Parade.

Montréal Pride Parde: August 18th, 2019

The 2.7 km parade’s route will “symbolically link the old and the new,” departing from the former west end LGBTQ+ sector to arrive at the very heart of the new Gay Village. The parade will begin at Metcalfe Street and end on Alexandre-DeSève Street. This year, the parade’s theme will highlight the color violet, which “evokes dreams, gentleness and peace.” The festival invites all participants to wear this color and interpret its meaning in a fun, creative and original way.

Pro Tip:

Don’t forget to celebrate Community Day on Saturday, August 17th from 11am – 5pm on Sainte-Catherine Street in the heart of the Village. Community Day draws over 90,000 visitors and is the perfect opportunity to meet local LGBTQ+ communities, promote your services and recruit allies.

Taipei Pride 2019:

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Taipei Pride Parade: October 26th, 2019

The biggest gay event in Taiwan is the Taipei Gay Pride Paradewith more then 80,000 people from around the world attending this vibrant 4-day event. The Parade starts from Kaidagelan Blvd and moves its way through the streets of Taipei before returning to the Gay Village for a huge party. then moves thought the streets of Taipei, ending up back where it started. The Gay Pride Parade actually features three different routes, that all end up back at the Gay Village. The parade lasts for roughly two hours, so be sure to bring plenty of energy!

Pro tip:

Many Asian countries are not as LGBTQ+-friendly as Taiwan, so the Taiwan Gay Pride Parade attracts thousands of people from neighboring countries like China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, creating a truly wonderful (and international!) pride experience.

Buenos Aires Pride 2019:

Buenos Aires Pride, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Buenos Aires Pride 2019: TBA

Buenos Aires hosts its biggest celebration of diversity in November, with a week of LGBT festivities and the annual pride parade. Events will take place at various venues, culminating in the parade that runs every year along one of the city’s most important avenues, Avenida de Mayo, from the Casa Rosada, or “pink house” – the headquarters of the Argentine national government in Plaza de Mayo – to the National Congress building. The event continues outside the Congress with speeches, music and dancing, which lasts into the evening, and continues afterwards in buses, trains and bars and nightclubs.

Amsterdam Pride 2019:

Amsterdam Pride 2019: July 27th – August 4th, 2019

Amsterdam Pride is one of the biggest (and most unique) pride events in the entire world. Here, look forward to street parties all weekend long and, of course, the famous Canal Parade through the historic Amsterdam Unesco canals.

Amsterdam Pride Parade: August 3rd, 2019

The boats start at the Scheepvaart museum at the eastern part of the city center moving towards the Amstel river. The floats will continue from there taking the Prinsengracht towards the Westerdok. The Canal Parade starts around 12:30 pm and will cruise until late afternoon.

Pro tip:

The street parties after the Canal Parade on start at around 16:00.  Spectators of the parade often go to Amstelveld (which is direct next to the route), the large main stage on Dam square (en route towards to Central Station) and Rembrandtplein. 

Toronto Pride 2019:

Toronto Pride 2019: June 21st – June 23rd, 2019

Head over to Pride Toronto for a busy, colorful pride weekend (with an estimated attendee count of over one million for 2019!) The celebratory weekend includes a special Family Pride program, Trans Pride, the Dyke March and the famous Pride Parade.

Toronto Pride Parade: June 23rd, 2019

The party starts from the corner of Church St and Bloor St all continues all the way down Yonge St to Yonge-Dundas Square. The city of Toronto urges visitors to use public transportation to make travel easy. Register here.

Washington DC Pride 2019:

Capital Pride Parade, Washington, DC. TJ Brown / Shutterstock.com

Washington DC Pride 2019: May 31st – June 9th, 2019

Washington DC Pride (aka, Capital Pride Alliance) serves DC’s LGBTQ+ community through entertainment, community outreach and diversity celebrations. Each year, the nonprofit organization curates Capital Pride, which features a popular collection of events including the Pride Parade, Festival and Concert. This year’s theme is “shhhOUT: Past, Present & Proud,” which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots by giving “a ‘shhhOUT’ to our past and present, while committing ourselves to SHOUT OUT proudly as we move forward.”

Washing DC Pride Parade: June 8th, 2019

Head to the Historic Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods to experience the parade. More than 200 organizations will walk the 1.5 mile route with floats, trucks, signs, banners, and world-famous entertainment to commemorate pride’s history and support the LGBTQ+ community, making this one of DC’s favorite and most impactful parades. Register here.

Pro tip:

Love music? DC is the spot to be. Get ready to get down to Marshmallow, Zara Larsson, Toderick Hall, Shea Diamond, Calum Scott, Nina West, Big Dipper, and more. 

London Pride 2019:

London Pride 2019: June 8th – July 6th, 2019

Pride in London is “about the people, for the people.” This year’s theme is  #PrideJubilee, remembering fifty years of activism, protests and victories that have made the movement what it is today.

London Pride Parade: July 6th, 2019

The parade kicks off at Portland Place at 12pm, moving down Oxford Circus, along Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and then passing Trafalgar Square before finishing on Whitehall. London Pride recommends that spectators avoid busy locations, like Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, and notes that the parade will fill the whole afternoon until around 5:30pm.

Pro tips:

Looking for real-time London Pride updates? Download their app and have everything from updates to information right at your fingertips. Pride advocate with limitations or anxiety? Book a Grandstand seat and make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action (and a great place to take a breather if you need one).

Zurich Pride 2019:

Zurich Pride, Zurich, Switzerland. Agnieszka Skalska / Shutterstock.com

Zurich Pride Demonstration: June 14th – June 15th, 2019

The peaceful demonstration procession of Zurich Pride is the political manifestation of the LGBTIQ community throughout Switzerland. Celebrations will take place on Friday and Saturday. All LGBTIQ people, organizations, and allies from home and abroad are invited to participate in the demonstration and to peacefully announce their political message. The two- day fest offers a wide variety of artists, politics and LGBTIQ-organizations on two stages, information stands and, of course, amazing food and drink. Because 2019 marks the 25th celebration of Zurich Pride (and 50 years of Stonewall), this year Pride will take place on the central Place of Sechselauten, just at the board of the lake of Zurich.

Pro tip:

For this event, registration isn’t necessary. All folks are welcome, regardless of gender and sexual orientation, making it one of the most accessible pride events around the world.

Dublin Pride 2019:

Dublin Pride 2019: June 20th – June 29th, 2019

In 1983, the first large scale LGBTQ+ protest march took place in Dublin, Ireland. It was organized by the Dublin Lesbian & Gay Collective in response to the release of the murderers of a gay man named Declan Flynn. Since then, Dubliners have been marching in the thousands to support and celebrate LGBTQ+ rights, and pride week continues to gather people around meet-ups, parties, lectures, marathons, and more.

Dublin Pride Parade: June 29th, 2019

Gathering on O’Connell Street and Parnell Square on Saturday, June 29th, 7,000 people from over 150 different groups with floats and marching bands and colourful costumes will lead off the parade. From O’Connell Street, the parade will turn on to Eden Quay and pass Liberty Hall, where the first large scale march for LGBTQ+ rights in Ireland started in 1983. The Parade will cross the Liffey at Talbot Memorial Bridge and travel along City Quay, Lombard Street, Westland Row and end with a free and totally fun outdoor event in Merrion Square.

Athens Pride 2019:

Athens Pride Parade: June 8th, 2019

Every year in June, thousands of people gather on West Washington Street for the annual Athens PRIDE Street Festival. Athens PRIDE is currently the largest gathering of the LGBTQ+ community and allies in the greater Athens area.  After Sunday’s street festival, they aim to offer smaller events focused on cultivating community and connection between the local LGBTQ+ community and allies alike.

Metro Manila Pride 2019

Metro Manila Pride, Manila, Philippines. Credit: Metro Manilla Pride

Metro Manila Pride March 2019: June 29th, 2019

Metro Manila Pride is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that creates safe, affirming, informative, educational, and empowering spaces for LGBTQIA+ people in Metro Manila. The theme for 2019 is to “Resist Together” as a protest against injustice and oppression. The full-day event will be held at the Marikina Sports Center in Marikina City. Admission is free, but attendees should register in advance here.

Mexico City Pride 2019:

Mexico City Pride 2019: June 27th – June 30th, 2019

Mexico City Gay Pride truly is one of the largest, wildest and crazy gay pride events in the whole of Latin America. Mexico City Pride, or Marcha del Orgullo LGBT de la Ciudad de México, takes place every June and attracts over one million people to the streets of the capital. Mexico City is already well known for its lively gay scene, so you can imagine that celebrations reach new heights during Pride. The first Mexico City Pride took place 1978, so get ready for a well-rehearsed (and incredible) time.

Mexico City Pride Parade: June 29, 2019

The main event for Mexico City Gay Pride 2019 is the Marcha de la Diversidad, which kicks off at 10am on Saturday, June 29. The gay parade leaves from the soaring El Ángel de la Independencia victory column in Zona Rosa, and continues all the way to the city’s iconic Zocalo. Following the parade, a massive party will kick off in the Zocalo for the entire night.

San Fransisco Pride 2019:

San Fransisco Pride 2019: June 29th – June 30th, 2019

Get ready to celebrate “Generations of Resistance” at San Francisco Pride. Immerse yourself into two-days of engagement and entertainment with a full lineup on both the main stage and community stage.

San Fransisco Pride Parade: June 13th, 2019

San Francisco Pride is one of the oldest and largest LGBTQIA parades in the world. Contingents march through the heart of the city, along Market Street, with more than 100,000 spectators. The parade starts from Embarcadero and celebrations continue all the way to Civic Center. Register here.

Pro tip:

Stick around for Pabllo Vittaro, one of the world’s most famous drag queens, who will be gracing the SF Pride main stage.

Reykjavik Pride 2019:

Reykjavik Pride, Reykjavik, Iceland. Mat1ss / Shutterstock.com

Reykjavik Pride 2019: August 8th – August 17th, 2019

2019 has been a big year for LGBTQ+ folks and allies in Iceland. Not only does 2019 mark fifty years from the Stonewall riots, but Reykjavík Pride is also celebrating its twentieth anniversary. To party it up, Reykjavik Pride will run for ten days instead of six, starting with an opening ceremony on Thursday, 8 August. The schedule will include a Pride Parade, outdoor festival and ginormous Pride Party on Saturday, 17 August.

Reykjavik Pride Parade: August 17th, 2019.

Reykjavik pride puts the creativity into the hands of the participants, and encourages registered attendees to start prepping early so that their message is exciting, fun and entirely original. Register here.

Tel Aviv Pride 2019:

Tel Aviv Pride 2019: June 9th – June 14th, 2019

Known as the gay capital of the Middle East, Tel Aviv celebrates Israel’s LGBTQ community with Tel Aviv Pride, a week-long series of totally fun events. Tel Aviv is a diverse city with multicultural influences, tourists from all over the world, and super open-minded locals. Every summer, folks of every gender, religion and color flood the streets and gather for a celebration of acceptance, love and joy.

Tel Aviv Pride Parade: June 14th, 2019

This year the parade will start at 10am with a large fair. At 12pm, the parade will launch from Ben Tsiyon – Melchett towards Bograshov St, Ben Yehuda and the Herbert Samual Promenade. Rolling late into the evening, you can expect a parade of artists and DJ sets alongside food stands and colorful pride merch. The parade’s last stop is the Charles Clore Garden, where thousands of people get down to live shows, hang out in bars and enjoy an amazing view of Tel Aviv’s blue beach.

Pro tip:

In town for Pride and want to see more of the country? Hop on a Gay Bus between June 10–18 and make stops in Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Masada and the Dead Sea and Galilee.

São Paulo Pride 2019:

São Paulo Pride Parade, São Paulo, Brazil. NAntoine / Shutterstock.com

São Paulo Pride Parade: June 23rd, 2019

The largest gay pride parade in the world (over 3.5 million attendees!) will celebrate its 23rd anniversary when the São Paulo LGBT Pride Parade takes over the city on Sunday, June 23, 2019. Dating app Grindr awarded the Sao Paulo pride with the title of best parade in 2012, so this definitely isn’t one to be missed.

 Pro tip:

São Paulo is somewhat famous for its sex clubs, cinemas and saunas. If this is your thing, all will be open and active during pride weekend.

Sydney Pride 2019:

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Sydney Pride 2019: June 6th – June 30th

A festival of LGBTI+ art, cinema, trivia, debates, sports, fundraising activities and club events across Sydney. The Sydney Pride Festival launches at Stonewall Hotel on Thursday 6th June and runs from the 6th until the 30th June. This year’s Pride theme is “RIOT 69” : one moment in time. Remembering the Riots of 1969 at the Stonewall Inn Greenwich Village

Pro tip:

While Sydney honors pride month with a parade and celebrations all through June, the real party happens in February for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Register for 2020 here.

Stockholm Pride 2019:

Stockholm Pride 2019: July 29th – August 3rd, 2019

With its gender-fluid fashion and colorful LGBT scene, Stockholm is a vibrant, open and welcoming city. Founded in 1998, Stockholm Pride is now the Largest LGBTIQ events in Scandinavia as well as the largest annual event in Stockholm. Stockholm Pride’s activities are centered around three main arenas: Pride House, Pride Park and Pride Parade.

Stockholm Pride Parade: August 3rd, 2019

Every year, nearly half a million people flock to see the Stockholm Pride Parade. The parade marches through the center of the city (starting at at city hall and ending at Pride Park). The parade is “a joyful and colorful manifestation of love for human rights; a demonstration of the right of everyone to love and be who they want.”

Pro Tip:

If you’re feeling adventurous, check out “Kinky Quarters”: a specific area with BDSM, fetishism, and other sub-cultures that common people call kinky. It was created for folks to talk, shop, and get to know more about everything associated with kink life.

Shanghai Pride 2019:

Credit: Shanghai Pride

Shanghai Pride 2019: June 13th – June 16th, 2019

This year, Shanghai Gay Pride celebrates its tenth birthday. Because all political demonstrations are banned in China, Shanghai Gay Pride doesn’t feature a parade. However, the organizers more than make up for it with a packed 10-day program featuring a Pride film festival, ‘pink picnic’, bike ride, run, dance party, barbecue and photo exhibition.

Pro tip:

Check out the Shanghai Pride Film Festival (SPFF), which runs from June 9th – June 16th this year.