Summer is finally here, for those in the Northern Hemisphere, at least. Warm weather, long days, and a month of parties and pride events mean that no matter what day in June you choose, there’s something fun, exciting, and very gay happening somewhere in the world. GTH’s top choices for pride parades, festivals, and events taking place June 2013:
Circle City IN Pride, Indianapolis, May 31-June 8: America’s Midwest comes into full bloom with Indy’s weeklong Pride culminating in Circle City IN Pride parade and festival on the 8th. After years of urban revitalization and investment, Indianapolis plays perfect host to a Pride that draws nearly a hundred thousand people from across the region and the world.
Athens Pride, June 8: Greece’s capital city shows it rainbow pride by filling Klafthmonos Square with 12,000 + revelers in what has become Southeast Europe’s largest pride festival. Attendees extending their stay in Athens have the opportunity to explore this ancient city and its historically significant sights, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage inscribed.
Shanghai Pride, June 14-22: The Rainbow Dragon continues to roar its way across Asia, stopping in Shanghai this month with the city’s 5th pride celebration. Picnics, BBQ’s, film screenings and art shows are just a few of the festivities taking place during the week-long celebration of all thing Gay.
Berlin CSD, June 15-22: Offering almost 200 events, Christopher Street Day Berlin is one of Europe’s largest prides. Visitors can find parties and expositions to suit every taste. Circuit parties and public concerts are among the spectacles showing the world that Berlin is truly a gay capital.
Pride Barcelona, June 21-30: Barcelona, that sultry city on the Med spends its Pride week showing off all its diverse shades this month. Movies, theater, art expositions and more culminate with a parade on Saturday June 29, proving that Barcelona remains one of Europe’s must see cities, especially during Pride.
Dublin Pride, June 21-30: The Dublin Pride Parade is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The largest celebration of its kind in Ireland, Dublin Pride has grown from a one day event to a 10 day festival full of fun and frolic that draws over 30,000 people.
Toronto Pride, June 21-30: This year’s theme says it all –Superqueer! Toronto puts the variety within our LGBTTIQQ2SA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2 Spirited and Allies; yes we had to look it up too) community on center stage with no less than 10 days of celebrations across three parades. To top it off, Toronto will host World Pride in 2014.
Oslo Pride, June 21-30: By this time in the month, week-long celebrations have become de-rigueur. This time, though, Norway’s capital city shines during the last week of June, drawing worldwide visitors to Scandinavia. Star-studded concerts and parties galore take over this Baltic city, slated to host Europride 2014.
Paris Pride, June 29: From twitter to the blogosphere, the online world is abuzz with all things Gay in France. With the recent introduction of gay marriage, le Marche des Fiertes LGBT, as the Paris Pride parade is formally known, promises to be big. The City of Lights has always been a draw for gay travelers, and taking part in this historic parade will leave participants with memories to last a lifetime.
San Francisco Pride, June 29-30: If there is such a thing as a gay nexus, than surely San Francisco holds that title and San Francisco Pride wears the crown. SF Pride, viewed as a rite of gay passage by many in our community, draws hundreds of thousands yearly. With 200 parade entries, 300 exhibitors and more than 20 venues, SF Pride is the largest gay gathering in the USA and one of the biggest in the world.
If You Go:
- Circle City IN Pride
- Athens Pride
- Shanghai Pride
- Berlin CSD
- Pride Barcelona
- Dublin Pride
- Toronto Pride
- World Pride Toronto 2014
- Oslo Pride
- Paris Pride
- San Francisco Pride