Every one of the top 10 Gay Pride Events in 2016 is an auspicious and delightful party. Gay Pride is celebrated every year in or around June all over the world. Floats careen down city thoroughfares, beautiful and festive to behold. Dancers, drag queens and amplified music, as well as marching groups, put on a marvelous party, and it is an uplifting sight for all LGBTs and their allies.
The LGBT Pride celebrations' history began in the early morning of Saturday June 28, 1969. In New York City, the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar frequented by LGBT patrons, was raided by police. This set off a spark that caused riots and protests, the pivotal time that began the modern LGBT rights movement. The first Gay Pride march was held on Sunday June 28, 1970 to mark the date of the Stonewall uprising. It was a reminder of the struggle for LGBT fundamental human rights.
What began as a serious, inspiring and fun march became an annual world-wide festive celebration of the LGBT communities. Aspects of the parades usually have a dedication to the memory of the victims of AIDS and anti-LGBT violence.
Sometimes called Pride Festivals now, the carnival-like atmospheres near the parade routes showcase uplifting music, specially designed floats and often include beer stands, drag shows, barbecues, information booths, circuit parties, contests, and sports and games. The celebrations today are full of festivity, gay pride and freedom!
1 - The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival is a Duo of Fun
Running from Feb 19 to March 6, the parade is held March 5 at 7:00PM-10:30PM at Oxford St. & Flinders St. Sensational events include theatre and performances, visual arts, sports, a huge picnic in the park, and talks and forums.
Sydney Mardi gras - Eva Rinaldi, Flickr
2 - Maspalomas Pride is Large and Loud
It runs May 1st-15 at Gran Canaria. The parade is on May 1. Maspalomas Pride features cultural events on the first week. The second week is loaded with live shows in the largest gay center in Europe, the Yumbo Centrum. Enjoy the sexy pool parties!
Maspalomas gay pride - Ybridex AngeloDemon, Flickr
3 - Tel Aviv Pride is Hotter and Bigger Each Year
Held May 29-June 5. The parade is June 3rd at 10AM starting in Me'ir Park. Tel Aviv Pride has drag shows, music, speeches and ends with a party next to the sea from 3PM to sunset. Gets more popular every year with tens of thousands of gay tourists.
Tel Aviv Gay Pride
4 - Sao Paulo Gay Pride Leaves You Spinning
This incredible festival lasts from June 1st-10. The parade, named the biggest celebration of gay pride in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records, is held on June 5. It starts around 2-3PM at the Museum of Art of Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo Gay Pride - Ben Tavener, Wikipedia
5 - This City Won't Sleep During NYC Pride
In New York City, the Pride festival has a theme each day from June 21-26 in the West Village area. The parade is June 26th at 12PM and runs from 36th St. & Fifth Ave. to Christopher & Greenwich St. Family Movie Night is on Tuesday, but big parties and events begin Friday with The Rally, Teaze on Saturday, and PRIDEfest, The March, and the Dance on Sunday.
NYC Gay Pride - Istolethetv, Flickr
6 - Gay Pride Paris brings in flocks of fun
On Saturday July 2, the parade begins at 1PM in South Paris, marches over the Seine River and ends at the Place de la République where a dance party with DJ's bursts out. Discover Paris by night in the amazing gay neighbourhood "Le Marais".
Paris Gay Pride
7 - San Francisco Pride Celebration is Brightest
A heap of fun to remember begins June 25 between Noon-6PM and continues on June 26 from 11:00AM-6:00PM in SF's Civic Center. The parade is on June 26 at 10:30AM starting at Market & Beale and finishing on Market & 8th Street. San Francisco volunteers put up the Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks before the festivities to honor all victims of homophobia.
San Francisco Gay Pride - Leesean, Flickr
8 - Orgullo Madrid Never Stops
June 29-July 3 centers around the gay neighborhood of Chueca. With 500 LGBT friendly businesses, Madrid Pride, or MADO, has street parties, culture, outdoor concerts on six stages and much more. It’s the craziest and biggest pride event in Europe, with 1.5 million marching during the day&night parade.
misterb&b's parade float at Orgullo Madrid
9 - EuroPride Amsterdam Leaves You Smiling
From July 23-Aug 7, this is a three week festival of gay pride. The fabulous big events are on the last weekend. The Canal Parade is on Saturday August 6.
Amsterdam Gay Pride - Partij van de Arbeid, Wikipedia
10 - Join with Asian Gay Pride in Taipei
The parade begins at 2PM on October 29 at Kaidagelan Blvd. Gay Pride Taipei is all about solidarity and visibility, along with welcoming and joyful spirits. Biggest pride in Asia.
Taipei Gay Pride - Shih Shiuan Kao, Flickr
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