According to recent research from Booking.com, it is said that 69 per cent of Indian travellers takes social issues into account when choosing a holiday destination. In fact, 67 per cent of travellers who are between 18 and 34 years old plan to travel to attend a Pride event in 2019. No matter how you identify and whether it’s your first or 50th Pride event, there’s always room at the party to celebrate love in all of its varied and wonderful forms. List of places that must be there on your bucket list:
World Pride New York 2019, New York City, USA
In 2019, New York City will play host to World Pride and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which many consider as a pivotal watershed moment in the LGTBQ+ community’s fight for equality. The event, touted to be the biggest event of its kind in the world this year, will be marked with various rallies, art exhibitions, film screenings and lively parties sandwiched in between the celebrations that kick off on May 12 and culminate in the NYC Pride March on 30 June.
São Paulo Gay Pride Parade - São Paulo, Brazil
Originally touted as the world’s “largest pride parade” since securing a Guinness World Record for its 2006 event, this five-day event takes place on the Sunday after Corpus Christi each year – this year taking place 18 June to 23 June 2019. In Sao Paulo, the party starts weeks before though with everything from debates, plays, music concerts, dance performances, cultural fairs and street markets taking over the city for three weeks prior. The highlight for the event is the parade, which takes place on Sunday 23 June, and sees around 25 floats take to the streets. The starting point of the parade is in front of the Museum of Art of São Paulo, right in the heart of the city.
MADO Madrid Orgullo, Madrid, Spain
Starting on 28 June and continuing until 7 July, the MADO Madrid Orgullo pride event takes place in the Chueca district, one of the city’s most popular gay neighbourhoods. The event includes open-air concerts, street celebrations and political discussions, concluding with the Madrid Pride parade which will welcome over two million attendees to march their way to the Plaza de Colón.
London Pride, UK
The London Pride will take place between the 8th of June and the 6th of July. This year they are celebrating 50 years since the birth of the modern LGBT+ rights movement. The parade starts at Portland Place, and ends in Whitehall; it will include hundreds of groups and floats. One can also choose to participate in multiple events that are planned throughout the month including live music performances to meet and greet for singles.
Amsterdam Pride, the Netherlands
The Amsterdam Pride starts on the 2nd of August and lasts until the 4th of August. The Dutch LGBTQIA+ community celebrates their pride with numerous events like street parties, concerts and the drag queen Olympics. Popular locations are the Reguliersdwarsstraat, the Rembrandtplein and the Zeedijk. The highlight of the Amsterdam Pride is the parade, which does not take place in the streets, but in the world famous canals. During the Canal Parade, 80 fabulously decorated boats will sail through the canals in the heart of Amsterdam. You can cheer them on along the sides, but make sure you arrive early to secure your spot!
Montréal Pride, Canada
Usually the annual Montréal Pride - also known as Fierté Montréal - only lasts seven days. Montreal's Gay Pride Parade takes place on August 18, 2019. It's is fun, flamboyant, and everyone is invited. Gay Pride week runs from Aug 8 – Aug 18, 2019, offers sporting events, conferences, free outdoor concerts, LGBT-welcoming. This year will be the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots which will add to the importance of the week in Canada.
Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney
While the 2019 event has already taken place, travellers can start planning now for next year’s Sydney spectacular, which will be celebrated on 29 February 2020! The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras are one of the oldest continuously operating LGBTQIA++ organizations in Australia and, taking place at the end of Australian Summer, the festival and parade are attended by hundreds of thousands of people from the country and overseas each year. The event culminates with a legendary parade down Sydney’s Oxford Street and a glittering after party with pop star performances....