Pride month is upon us, and so we’ve lined up 2022’s best festivals in Europe, the US and beyond
June is the month of Pride, a time for the LGBTQ+ community when unity, awareness and protest take the form of parades, parties and other celebratory events. (Better yet, in the spirit of solidarity and kindness, the majority of these events don’t cost a penny!) Wherever you are in the world or wherever you’re planning to go this summer, check out the 10 best festivals where you can let your hair down and revel in love, dignity, and complete freedom of expression.
San Francisco Pride
June 25 — June 26
San Francisco, California’s capital of quirk and vehemently considered the gay mecca of the US, holds one of the oldest and biggest Pride parades in the world. The main celebrations, including the parade, will take place over the last weekend in June, but a whole host of other exciting things organized by the city’s LGBTQ+ community will be happening throughout the month.
Disneyland Paris Pride
Prepare to be amazed by Disney D-Light! Taking place each night before the fireworks spectacular Disney Illuminations, make sure you don’t miss this during Disneyland Paris Pride weekend ✨🎆🎇 #MagicalPride #DisneylandParisPride #DisneyPride #DisneylandParis #DisneylandParis30 pic.twitter.com/Nx9J7Kh7tQ
— Magical Pride (@magicalpride) May 20, 2022
If you thought that the very notion of a Pride festival couldn’t get any louder, more colorful, or more enchantingly happy, then think again. Commercial kitsch might not be everyone’s style of Pride, but if you’re a queer Disney fan, it might interest you to know that you can celebrate diversity into the early hours right in the heart of Disneyland Paris. Specifically, the event will be held at Walt Disney Studios Park, and it’ll feature a parade, performances, and even a lip-syncing contest in addition to all the usual attractions.
EuroPride in Belgrade
September 12 — September 18
EuroPride is a pan-continental festival that takes place in a different European city each year, though not always in June. It welcomes speakers, performers, activists and attendees from across Europe and from all over the world. The Serbian capital won the bid to host this year’s edition in 2019 and it’s a big deal for the nation. According to the European Pride Organisers Association, it’s hoped that EuroPride will create a significant impact in a city that, compared to those in Western Europe, is more conservative in its attitude towards LGBTQ+ people.
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August 2 — August 7
Reykjavík Pride, or Hinsegin Dagar (literally, “Queer Days”) is attended by nearly one third of Iceland’s population every year. One niche thing about the festivities here is the party boat — a queer cruise that’ll take you around the city’s coastline and the surrounding islands. August is a great time to visit Iceland in general, so be sure to find out about all the other cool things you can see and do.
New York City Pride
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The nonprofit organization Heritage of Pride is behind the vibrant shebang that is Pride month in New York City. At the most Instagrammed Pride in the world, every year, there’s a particular commemorative focus on the Stonewall Riots of 1969 — a local furor that is considered to be the watershed of the modern gay rights movement. New York City Pride will comprise over 50 events and welcome some three million people, culminating in the march on June 26. It’s looking like it could be the busiest, most joyous, proudest festival the Big Apple has ever seen.
August 1 — August 7
Just up over the border, Montreal Pride (or Festival Fierté Montréal) welcomes over 3.4 million people year on year, making it the largest festival of its kind in the Francophone world. Aside from the parade on August 7, this year’s program includes live music, visual art, drag shows, and two “community days” — huge fairs where queer organizations can gather in good spirit to spread awareness and strengthen allyship.
June 1 — June 12
In the heart of Europe, Vienna is once again hosting its mighty take on Pride. The festival will run for a week and a half and will be jam-packed with workshops, talks and other events, all in the name of promoting equality. At its climax will be the Pride Run on June 10, and of course, the parade itself on June 11.
Metro Manila Pride
A relatively new festival, Metro Manila Pride was first held in 2016, though all the spirit, dedication and enthusiasm that it’s attracted in a relatively short span of time is incredibly inspiring. Metro Manila Pride is organized entirely by volunteers, with affirmation, education and togetherness at the heart of its ethos. If you happen to be planning a trip to Southeast Asia, stop by to catch all the action at this friendly fete, and you might learn a lot more than you thought you needed to.
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, London Pride is the biggest event of its kind in the UK, and one of the biggest in Europe. This year it celebrates its “jubilee”, 50 years of Pride in the country, and organizers and attendees alike will be making surer than ever at the parade that their voices don’t go unheard. In addition, the London Trans+ Pride march will take place a week later on July 9, and UK Black Pride — a festival promoting the awareness of the experiences of queer people of color — is planned for August 14. Being one of the most diverse cities in the world, you really wouldn’t expect anything less from the British capital.
São Paulo Pride
A maior Parada LGBT+ do Brasil e do mundo está de volta para reafirmar seu compromisso de luta contra o preconceito e também promover a união e a força da comunidade. Quais direitos você quer garantir? #paradalgbt #associaçãodaparada #orgulholgbt #lgbt #sãopaulo #sp #cultura pic.twitter.com/CpXttrOb9x
— Parada LGBT de SP 🏳️🌈 #ParadaSP (@paradasp) April 12, 2022
June 15 — June 19
It’s been a decade since users on Grindr voted São Paulo the best Pride destination in the world, and the festival is still going from strength to strength. This June, São Paulo Pride is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and with the number of attendees averaging four million every year as of late, this edition promises to be a very wild party indeed.
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