The 10 Best LGBTQ Pride Celebrations in the World

One of the largest and one of the most popular celebrations worldwide is pride celebrations, and they’re held just about everywhere across the globe nowadays. In every part of the world, the LGBTQ community is attending show-stopping costumes and jaw-dropping floats, which attract millions to the festivals each year. As the year’s end is quickly approaching, there’s no reason why you can’t get a head start on your pride planning for next year.

Here’s our list of the 10 best LGBTQ pride celebrations across the globe.

1. Lexington

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The Lexington Pride celebration attracts around 50,000 visitors each year and is filled with a variety of vendors, beverages, and celebrations that run late into the night. Lexington is the gay hotspot for the LGBTQ community and offers many exciting activities that welcome the community. Its walking region, called the Fruit Loop, has several bars, nightclubs, and other establishments that appeal to the LGBTQ community. 

2. San Francisco

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The San Francisco pride celebration is one that we can never leave off of our list. San Francisco pride celebrations are one of the oldest celebrations, going on for over 50 years. This pride celebration in San Francisco honors those who fought for LGBTQ rights, and to honor those in the best way, you can visit the Pink Triangle Memorial.

3. Washington DC

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The pride celebrations in Washington DC begin on June 9th and have many dance parties with musical performances of drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race. In order to attend this event, you must be over 18 years old and have purchased a ticket, but make sure you get yours in advance, as these tickets tend to sell out fast. 

4. Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s pride celebrations go off in August, normally during the first week, and are celebrated alongside Amsterdam’s canals. In Amsterdam, members of the LGBTQ community celebrate in colorful decorated boats, with music blasting and unique costumes. In addition to the pride canal pride, many of the celebrations make their way to street parades all week and occur outside of the gay bar called Prik. 

5. Sydney

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The Sydney World Pride parade is one of the largest parades in the world that celebrates the LGBTQ community and it occurs every February and March. Every year, Sydney does a different pride theme, with the name of its parade called Sydney’s Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. This two-week-long event has performances from known Australian performers, and while attending the event, make sure you stop over to Darlinghurst, the Sydney Gay District.

6. Salt Lake City

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The Salt Lake City pride celebrations typically occur during June and have different themes every year. The Salt Lake City Pride Festival has so much to offer the community, such as delicious food trucks, live musical performances, and various vendors. Many LGBTQ businesses also get involved in the celebrations, so if you’re booking a vacation getaway, this is one event you won’t want to miss!

7. Chicago

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The Chicago pride festival is held in Chicago’s gayborhood and hosts a large party during the weekend in June with musical performances, dancing, and more than one hundred vendors. Tickets aren’t required for the pride festival in Chicago, but they’re always accepting donations to help keep the event going. In addition, you can stay at the LGBTQ-friendly hotel, the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel to attend a drag brunch.

8. Portland

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In 2023, Portland held its pride celebrations during July to make room for other events, but it’s one of the largest pride festivals that has several vendors, delicious food trucks, pride clothing, and fun games to enjoy. The Portland Pride celebration welcomes over 8,000 LGBTQ members and features more than 150 floats. 

9. Buffalo

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When visiting Buffalo, you can purchase tickets to attend entry to pride week, which is a week-long celebration that includes Drag bingo, a pride fun run, and a gallery walk. During this week-long celebration, Buffalo has a party every night of the week, so you can attend parties at popular nightclubs such as Underground Nightclub for delicious food and beverages. After you’ve attended the festival, you can explore the Queen City which is filled with queer history for the community to learn about.

10. Mexico City

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Rounding off our list is Mexico City, one of the most popular destinations to attend intense pride celebrations, and an event that attracts more than a million visitors each year. This large pride celebration features drag performances, parade floats, art exhibitions, and concerts. If you’ve been searching for a unique experience, Mexico City also has many queer festivals that offer viewings of films that appeal to its community. 

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