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Top 10 Gay pride festivals and events for May 2013


JR's bar in Washington D.C. celebrates pride. photo: Fred Alvarez-Flickr

JR’s bar in Washington D.C. celebrates pride. photo: Fred Alvarez-Flickr

Readers of April’s list will undoubtedly notice that things are really starting to heat up in May. There is so much going on that we had to control ourselves and keep our top picks for prides and events to a manageable number; here are our top 10 Pride festivals and events for May 2013:

  • Sitges International Bears Meeting B.S.C., Spain, May 1-5: Spain’s seaside party central of Sitges has been attracting Bears, Chubs, Cubs and their admirers to its sandy beaches for years. Activities range from the typical underwear and themes parties to the more obscure, such as a walking tour of old town and photo contest; with the winner receives a “full pack” pass to next year’s BSC event.
  • Christopher Street Day/Gay Pride, Dusseldorf, Germany, May 17-20: Celebrating ten years,  CSD Dusseldorf proudly takes on the theme of “Generations of Love” this May for its’ Decennial. A parade, full blown street festival and parties galore will have you shouting “Wunderbar” at the top of your lungs.
  • Belgian Pride Day, Brussels, May, 18: Belgium’s capital metropolis is expecting over 70,000 people in the heart of the city for Belgian Pride 2013, making it the not-to-be-missed pink event in Brussels this year. 2013 also marks the 10th anniversary of marriage equality in Belgium, and Belgian Pride will celebrate “Rainbow Families”.  The main party goes from 10pm to 6am so be sure to fuel up to enjoy a night nonstop DJ’s spinning the latest in EuroBeats.
  • Long Beach Pride, May 18-19: GTH may be a little biased for this event; Long Beach is, after all, right in our back yard. Regardless, Long Beach Pride is great fun. Celebrating 30 years of festivals and parades in 2013, Long Beach Pride is one of the foundation blocks in the modern pride movement. Considered by many to be the grand dame that opens the Pride season, Long Beach Pride draws headline performers and throngs of revelers. This festival and parade continue to deliver a rip roaring good time.
  • Eilat Pride, Israel, May 23-26: Get ready to shake your booty at the Red Sea. Eilat, Israel’s southern port resort city, offers up the chance to chill out, enjoy the sunshine, and partake in the nightlife and fun that the city is renowned for. Enjoy the parties and the people, and even take a day trip to nearby Petra, Jordan. During your stay in Eilat, the Red Sea is your backdrop to a multitude of mega resorts and boutique hotels.
  • DC Black Pride, Washington D.C., May 24-26: Since 1991, DC Black Pride has attracted men and women from all over the world to a celebration of LGBTQ and African American Pride. Visitors will enjoy poetry slams, basketball tournaments, speed dating, an interfaith service, and a kaleidoscope of events added to this year’s schedule.
  • International Mr. Leather, Chicago, May 24-27: Grab your chaps and hop on a plane to the Windy City. It’s that time of year again: the hottest men in the tightest leather outfits ever seen will strut their stuff in hopes of taking home the coveted title of “Mr. International Leather”. Those of you without leather gear (or if your vintage gear needs updating) will have plenty of opportunities to pick up a couple of choice pieces at the leather markets before sweating the night away at the Black and Blue Ball.
  • Life Ball, Vienna, Austria, May 25: Fighting AIDS and celebrating life since 1993, Life Ball has grown into one of the premiere gay parties worldwide. Nothing can prepare you for the pageantry or all-out over-the-top WOW factors set to unfold. Inspired this year by the classic “1001 Nights”, party goers in will be immersed in a fantastical world of poetry and fairy tales.
  • Gay Days Orlando, Florida, May 28 – June 3: Orlando and the infamous House of Mouse are set to be painted pink in May. With concurrent scheduled activities for girls, party boys and bears, Orlando Gay Days attracts a strong and loyal repeat following over the years. Even if you aren’t a Disney Queen, you can still be a princess and enjoy tons of parties and find your prince (or princess) charming, all without having to worry about being home by midnight.
  • Sao Paulo Gay Pride ,May 30 – June 3: Considered to be the biggest pride parade on the planet by any measure, with over 4 million participants last year, Sao Paulo’s Gay Pride will simply overwhelm your senses. In true Brazilian style, there will be more hot guys and gals than you can count, you can expect to eat dinner after 11pm, and all parties will last until dawn.  If you’re lucky, you may get a few hours of sleep, with or without a newfound friend.

If You Go:

Sitges International Bears Meeting B.S.C. website

Christopher Street Day/Gay Pride Dusseldorf website

Belgian Pride Day website

Long Beach Pride website

Eilat Pride website

DC Black Pride website

International Mr. Leather website

Life Ball website

Gay Days Orlando website

Sao Paulo Gay Pride website






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