June is one colorful month! From bedazzled floats gliding down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue to throngs of LGBT tourists overtaking Disney theme parks, Pride is back in all its rainbow-hued glory.
Though most revelers associate Pride with outrageous outfits, dancing until dawn, and shenanigans that will inevitably end up on Facebook feeds, this celebration also commemorates the 1969 rebellion at New York City’s Stonewall Inn against police raids on gay bars. Like the Civil Rights sit-ins of the 1950s and ‘60s, a “Gay-In” was held one year after Stonewall. Out of these defiant cries for equality, our modern-day marches and celebrations were born.
Today, these festivities are adding color, life, and diversity—and lots of dancing—to countries across the globe. Though the fight for full equality for LGBT people continues, Pride is time to celebrate who we are, where we’re going, and how far we’ve come. Here are five top celebrations to help you do Pride right.
Disney Gay Days
We’ve yet to see a lesbian princess (hear that, Disney?), but that doesn’t stop over 100,000 LGBT people and their families from descending onto Disney theme parks ever summer in Orlando. The first Saturday in June usually marks “Gay Day in the Magic Kingdom,” when tens of thousands of red-shirted attendees make Magic Kingdom, well, magic. While it’s not an official Walt Disney World event, you’ll get to be around Mickey Mouse, the Orlando sunshine, roller coasters, and LGBT folks. Could you really ask for more?
Fantasypride at Phantasialand
The actual Pride march might be in July, but visitors to Brühl, Germany can attend Fantasypride’s Annual Gay Day at Phantasialand—yes, it’s a theme park—donning their most flamboyant threads. Attendees can line up to experience the twisting Black Mamba roller coaster (it’s as thrilling as it sounds), stroll through 20th century Berlin, embark on a cascading (not to mention refreshing) River Quest, and much more. All the while, various performances, and entertainment will be staged to pack on the excitement.
NYC Gay Pride
As a Manhattan-based company, we might be biased, but New York City is the best city in the world. The birthplace of Pride, millions converge to watch as more than 50 floats and hundreds of banner-carrying organizations process down Fifth Avenue every year in late June. From Dykes on Bikes revving up the action, to sashaying drag queens, to proud LGBT parents with the kiddos in tow, New York Pride‘s got it all—and it’s not afraid to show it off!
Sao Paulo Pride
Sao Paulo has more pride than your city does—and it has a Guinness World Record title to prove it. Boasting over 5 million participants, Sao Paulo’s Pride parade is the largest in the entire world. Expect masses of dancing carousers, vibrant costumes, and floats straight out of your most imaginative daydream. Planned for the start of June, parade-goers are guaranteed to kick off Pride month with a blast. And to think that only around 2,000 people attended Sao Paulo’s first parade in ’97! It’s clear we’ve come a long way, baby.
San Francisco Pride
More than three decades ago, Harvey Milk — California’s first openly gay elected public official — addressed Pride attendees at City Hall. Today, Pride-goers celebrate that historic moment and Milk’s groundbreaking life of activism with a festival in that very location. The entire Parade weaves through the sunny streets of San Francisco, featuring an array of exciting performances, colorful costumes, and throngs of flag-waving supporters. And if you weren’t already sold on it, this year’s theme is “Equality Without Exception,” something we feel is quite exceptional!
Got Pride? Tell us if you’re planning to attend any of the parades or events on our list! Or, if you’ve got a cool event we didn’t mention, tell us about it in the comments below! We’re listening.