In the past few years, the LGBTQ community has only become more organized and inclusive with their events held during June, also known as Pride month. The month of June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. Throughout the month, different cities hold their own events that are unique and filled with the culture of the city. While it may seem obvious to visit cities like New York or Los Angeles for pride, there are many other notable cities that have their own specific versions of pride. We’ve already spotted 5 other cities you should definitely plan on visiting next year to celebrate pride!
Known for its gay-friendly neighborhood, San Francisco has celebrated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) pride with parades, celebrations, and festivals throughout the summer. Different in the city have fun events that are easily accessible to many; there are 6 events that you have to check out if you make it San Fran during pride.
A city known for always being a good time, New Orleans provides a very unique pride experience. Mixing in with local to parade around Bourbon street is always a good time, but seeing different communities come together is a once in a lifetime experience in this city. Enjoy the live music, marching bands and dance teams, and street performers as the party rolls on all night long.
Be sure to stay in the French Quarter, as this will allow you to always be around the party.
While the LGBTQ community may find itself at home in all different corners of Toronto these days, the summer celebration to the Church-Wellesley Village is never without full pomp and extravagance. Extensive drag performances, clubbing all night long, and street food by day brings everyone to Church Street.
Download the official app to stay up to date on all the events happening around town. There are many concerts from many different artists, as well as candlelight memorials, street fairs, and even a party at the aquarium. You might even bump into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau if you’re lucky!
Pride has become a staple of Chicago that you not only go to the parade, traditionally on the last Sunday of June. You also have to go to the two-day festival the week before on Halsted, in the historic heart of Chicago’s LGBTQ community.
The streets will be filled as over 750,000 people cheer the contingents on and enjoy the show, culture, and experience! The city will host different musicals, and even local sports teams get in on the fun with themed games for the occasion. Because of the size of the city, there are different festivals and parades that happened on different days and different times. Be sure to take into account what city you’re in, and head to the events that catch your attention that most (there are a lot of them in Chicago).
The Miami Pride Festival has grown from a local neighborhood parade into a diverse and sun-filled party, that lasts almost all week. From beach parties, hotel hangouts, and even athletic challenges like a 5k marathon, there are plenty of events no matter what your tastes and interests.
There are 16 beaches to visit in Miami, and all of them will have some sort of event going on, according to the Miami pride website. Pack sunscreen and a bathing suit and enjoy concerts on the beach, or the numerous bars and clubs that will be hosting events of their own throughout the week.
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