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Top 10 gay pride festivals and events for July 2013

Madris Pride. Photo: Sagarmin, flickr

Madris Pride. Photo: Sagarmin, flickr

The boys of summer are out and about in a big way for July. Grab your sunglasses and glam, and get outside to enjoy all that the pride season continues to offer. Here’s a list of fab festivals and events to keep your July days cool and your nights hot:

Madrid Pride MADO, July 3-7: Spain’s capital welcomes two million to its street this year to celebrate, party and protest together. MADO is a multiethnic and multicultural celebration that draws visitors from all over. Events, concerts and festivities take place at locations throughout Chueca and along the Gran Via, culminating with the Statewide Parade on Saturday, July 6.

CSD Munich, July 6-14: Christopher Street Day Munchen, also known as Munich Pride, is pretty much the closest thing to a gay Oktoberfest that you are ever going to find. Bavaria loves its beers and loves its queers, rolling out the red carpet for over 200,000 visitors to its 34th annual celebration. Join the march July 13 or head over to Marienplatz for the street festival before ending your night clubbing at City Hall, the most sought after gay party in town.

London Fetish Week, July 8-14: In three years, this event has grown huge in popularity, no pun intended. 2013 has a ton of additions with over 50 events and nine official Fetish Week parties t. Just remember that this is a fetish event and that dress codes are strictly enforced: expect to show up in your gear and leave the Prada at home.

EuroPride 2013, Marseille, France, July 10-20: Europe’s biggest international GLBT festival takes over the fab city of Marseille. 2013 events start with “Just Married!” The symbolic event brings together couples from France and nine other countries that recognize same sex marriage to take their vows in front of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilization. Ten days of the celebratory events take place at some of the best-loved Marseille landmarks including ‘la Friche de la Belle de Mai’ and ‘Dock des Suds’.

San Diego Pride, July 12-14: Southern California continues showing off its pride with the San Diego LGBT Pride & Parade. The parade is set for Saturday along University Avenue in the heart of the city’s gayborhood: Hillcrest. After the parade, head over to Balboa Park for the festival and enjoy two days of entertainment, dancing and fun in the sun. When you’ve had enough of party girls and boys, jump into Hillcrest Brewing Company for great food, where exquisite beer crafted on-site sports witty names like Crotch Rocket and Perle Necklace.

Provincetown Bear Week, July 13-21, 2013: Bears, cubs, otters, chubs and more descend upon Provincetown Massachusetts to frolic and play. From bay cruises and tea dances to 1 AM pizza runs, this week offers tons of opportunities to meet and party with members of the bear community from the United States and the rest of the world.

Amsterdam Milkshake Festival, July 21, 2013: For boys who love girls who love girls who love boys who love boys who love… well, you get the picture. In its second year, Milkshake draws all kinds to shake it up and dance the night away. The party, which is less of a festival and more of a sexual circus, is held in Westerpark and beckons the less inhibited to come and let their hair down.

Mr. Gay Europe, Prague, July 26-31, 2013: Hot men strut their stuff while vying for the title of Mr. Gay Europe during a week-long celebration in the Czech Republic. Delegates and revelers can also enjoy Prague’s biggest gay party, ‘Oh My Gay’, OMG, July 27 and the finale July 30 at Prague’s fabulous Retro Music Hall. Those wanting to continue the party can head to Belgium for the Mr. Gay World event taking place right after the Prague crowning.

Up Your Alley, San Francisco, July 28. 2013: Not for the faint of heart, Up Your Alley takes place the last weekend of July on Dore Alley between Howard and Folsom. Over 10,000 sexy leather men take to the street, in front of the legendary Powerhouse bar in full kit and engage in serious BDSM play. Sweaty athletes, motorcycle studs, hairy chested muscle men and more are on display in all their glory.

Divers Cite, Montreal, July 29- August 4, 2013: Ah… Montreal. There are very few places on the planet that can offer up as many temptations as this wonderful Canadian metropolis. From the best dance parties, cultural events, and artistic displays that will leave you breathless to some of the best damn food on the continent, Montreal and Divers/Cite will have you exclaiming “Mon Dieu!!”

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