The arrival of summer and the beginning of Pride Month 2019 can only mean one thing: it’s time to fly! Fly your Pride Flag high and book a flight to one of the most festive Pride parades in the world. Join the founding Pride celebration at Stonewall Inn in New York City or step out to the Chueca “gayborhood” in Madrid. Wave a rainbow or carry a sign in a march, and join millions to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and support LGBTQ rights!
History of Worldwide Pride Marches & the Pride Flag
Pride Month saw its beginnings in late June 1969 at a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The Greenwich Village establishment catered to a largely gay community and as a result was raided by police on the morning of June 28. In response, patrons rioted against the intrusion, and the resulting protests went down in history as the Stonewall Riots. While many of the riots were violent and spontaneously planned, the uprising led to reforms and global awareness of human rights for the LGBTQ community. The Stonewall Riots also led to the first gay pride marches, which took place a year later in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Pride parades and festivals later erupted throughout the world, and many countries today party the entire month of June, designated as Pride Month, in support of same-sex marriage and LGBTQ rights.
Pride Flag: The original Pride Flag was created by Gilbert Baker, an openly gay activist from Kansas, and was flown for the first time in 1978 at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Baker’s flag contained eight stripes made of eight colors, and the first stripe was hot pink. Because the color was hard to find, however, it eventually was dropped from the design, along with the color turquoise, and the modern-day flag now bears six meaningful colors.
- Red means life
- Orange means healing
- Yellow means sunlight
- Green means nature
- Blue means harmony
- Purple means spirit
International Pride Parades Calendar 2019
Pride Month is celebrated during the entire month of June, and many cities across the world mark the occasion with music festivals, cultural events and grand parades. Some Pride Parades serve as the grand finale to Pride Month while others help get the party started. Enthusiastic Pride supporters can attend the June 15 EuroPride Parade in Vienna and still make it to the Pride Amsterdam Parade on August 3!
1. NYC Pride | New York, USA
- Date: June 1-30
- Parade date: June 30
Pride Month 2019 is particularly special in New York this year. The city will host WorldPride 2019, which promotes LGBTQ issues on an international level, as well as Stonewall50, marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Events like CosPlay & Pride, Savor Pride (a culinary experience) and the NYC Pride’s Human Rights Conference take place throughout the month, and several notable events will wrap up the celebration.
Dates to mark on the calendar for Pride Month 2019
- WorldPride Opening Ceremony: WorldPride 2019 will kick off June 26 at Barclays Center. Celebrity Whoopi Goldberg will host the opening ceremony, which includes performances by Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Ciara, Todrick Hall and DJ Lina.
- PrideFest: Set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 30, PrideFest is a street fair featuring exhibits, live entertainment, Pride merch booths and plenty of food. The event takes place on 4th Avenue, between Union Square and Astor Place Theatre.
- Matinee NYC Pride: This WorldPride closing party happens in Hell’s Kitchen at Terminal 5 music venue near Pride Island (Pier 97 at Hudson River Park) and features a “raucous night of dancing and debauchery!”
- NYC Pride March: Step off at noon at 26th Street and 5th Avenue (near Times Square) for the annual March through Greenwich Village. Join thousands who gather to recognize the fight against AIDS and LGBTQ discrimination and to remember those who have died from illness and violence. The event ends at Times Square, where a closing party will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. The party features live performances and a headline show from Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge.
Historic LGBTQ Sites to Visit in New York
- Stonewall Inn
- Lesbian Herstory Archives
- Gay Liberation Monument by George Segal
- Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
- New York City AIDS Memorial
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2. EuroPride 2019 & Pride Week | Vienna, Austria
- Date: June 1-16
- Parade date: June 15
In Vienna, Pride activists have been gathering by the thousands for 19 years running, and this year’s participants are expected to total more than one million. In conjunction with the city’s annual Pride Week activities (which actually last two weeks), Vienna will host EuroPride 2019 and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall with the rest of the world and LGBTQ community. The theme for this year’s EuroPride and Pride Week in Vienna is “Visions of Pride,” and activities center around personal visions, particularly relating to gay pride.
Activities take place throughout each day of Pride Week and EuroPride Vienna. Visitors can find a bulk of Pride Month 2019 festivities at the Pride Village set up in Town Hall Square (Rathausplatz). Sigmund-Freud Park also will host a Pride Village by Votive Church (Votivkirche).
The Viennese Rainbow Parade is the culminating event of Pride Month 2019 in Vienna. Starting at noon in front of Rathausplatz, members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters will march for “love, respect and a world free from discrimination.”
Popular LGBTQ cafés and restaurants in Vienna
- Café Savoy
- Café Fett+Zucker Wien
- Cafè Rifugio
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3. Madrid Gay Pride | Madrid, Spain
- Date: June 27 to July 7
- Parade date: July 6
Considered the largest gay parade in the world, the Madrid Gay Pride Parade (Orgullo Madrid) is set for 5 p.m. July 6. Pride marchers and supporters will start at Atocha Station and finish at Plaza de Colon, near the gay district of Chueca. More than two million people are expected to attend the parade featuring floats, enthusiasts and musical performances.
Before the grand finale of Pride Month 2019 in Madrid, more than a week’s worth of activities are scheduled in Chueca. Join millions in Madrid’s gayborhood for music festivals, demonstrations, drag shows and outlandish parties.
Popular Things to Do in Madrid During Gay Pride 2019
- Visit Chueca, Madrid’s gay district
- See the best drag show at LL Bar
- Visit Berkana bookshop, one of the largest LGBTQ bookstores in the world
- Experience gay saunas
- Explore Madrid gay nightlife
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4. Amsterdam Gay Pride | Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Date: July 27 to August 4
- Parade date: August 3
Amsterdam Pride, or Amsterdam Gay Pride, might not be the largest pride march in the world but it could be one of the most unique. In addition to colorful demonstrations, performances and street parties, Amsterdam Gay Pride features a parade on the city’s iconic canals. Parade boats will leave at 12:30 p.m., August 3, from Scheepvaart Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) and head toward Westerdok. Onlookers can watch from any of Amsterdam’s historic bridges or along the canals.
Other popular LGBTQ activities during Amsterdam Pride are the Amsterdam Gay Pride Opening Party, which kicks off at 4 p.m. July 27 at Vondelpark. Some participants will walk to the park during Pride Walk, which starts at 11 a.m., from Homomonument, a memorial dedicated to persecuted gays and lesbians. The Milkshake Festival is set for all day July 28 at Westerpark, and street parties happen throughout the city until the Pride Canal Parade.
LGBTQ Areas to visit in Amsterdam
- Amstel River
- Zeedijk and Warmoesstraat
- Amsterdam Centraal
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5. Mexico City Gay Pride | Mexico City, Mexico
- Date: June 27 to 30
- Parade date: June 29
Head to Mexico City’s gayborhood of Zona Rosa to experience Mexico City Gay Pride 2019 and the Marcha de la Diversidad. For three days, members of the Mexico City LGBTQ community party in the streets, celebrate in local bars and gather in support of gay and lesbian rights everywhere.
Pride Month 2019 in Mexico City is capped with the Marcha de la Diversidad, which starts at 10 a.m. June 29 at The Angel of Independence (El Ángel de la Independencia) and ends 5 kilometers away at the historic Zocalo. After the pride parades, join locals and visitors from across the globe in the Zocalo for a wild party that lasts all night.
Best LGBTQ Bars in Mexico City
- Club Roshell
- Kinky Bar
- Marrakech Salon
- La Purísima
Check In to NH Mexico City Centro Histórico, Step Out to El Ángel de la Independencia
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6. Stockholm Pride | Stockholm, Sweden
- Date: July 29 to August 3
- Parade date: August 3
Nearly all Pride Month 2019 activities will take place in Pride Park (Östermalms IP stadium) in Stockholm during a week-long celebration that attracts millions of people. Stockholm Gay Pride is the largest pride event in Scandinavia and promotes equality and human rights. Attendees will be treated to musical acts, burlesque shows, disco bands and even a performance by The Village People!
The Stockholm Gay Pride Parade starts at 1 p.m. in front of Stockholm City Hall. The entourage marches through central Stockholm and ends at Pride Park, where the party will still be hopping.
Best gay bars in Stockholm
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7. Tel Aviv Gay Pride | Tel Aviv, Israel
- Date: June 9 to 14
- Parade date: June 14
Celebrate Pride Month 2019 on the sunny coast of Israel at Tel Aviv Gay Pride. A host of activities in support of the LGBTQ community take place in Meir Park. Join locals in celebrating the abolishment of gay sex restrictions and Tel Aviv’s launch into promoting LGBTQ equality.
The Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. June 14 from Ben Tsiyon Boulevard and Melchett Street. Following the parade, visitors can wrap up Pride Month 2019 at a playful fair in Meir Park.
LGBTQ-friendly Attractions in Tel Aviv
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8. Dublin Gay Pride | Dublin, Ireland
- Date: June 20 to 29
- Parade date: June 29
When Pride Month 2019 rolls around in Dublin, the city throws open its doors for 10 days of queer events during Dublin Gay Pride. Sign up for museum tours, lectures and even the Dublin Pride Run, which takes off at 7:30 p.m. June 21 from Phoenix Park. At 7 p.m. June 27, activists will gather at The Tara Building for a music festival and conference called “Recognising and Challenging Sexual Harassment of LGBTQIA+ Women.”
The Dublin Pride Parade will top off Dublin Gay Pride 2019 with LGBTQ advocates marching through the city square. Participants take off at 1 p.m. from O’Connell Street Upper and Parnell Square and make their way to Merrion Square. A block party will follow at the neighboring National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. If a quirky music performance is more up your alley, go to Jack Nealons bar to watch the annual performance of Auntie El, who always attracts a crowd with queer disco and classic camp pop. Both the block party and Auntie El show start at 4 p.m.
LGBTQ Attractions in Dublin
- The Irish Queer Archive at the National Library of Ireland
- Outhouse event venue
- Oscar Wilde House & Oscar Wilde Walking Tours Dublin
- Theatre Forum Ireland
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