The LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual) Pride Day, popularly known as World Pride Day is held on 28 June. We are talking about a celebration that dates back to 1970 and which commemorates the Stonewall riots that took place in New York in 1969, widely regarded as the start of the fight for this collective's rights.
The world's major cities celebrate this day in style with parades, parties and protests. These capital cities attract worldwide attention and turn their streets into a celebration to which everyone is welcome. Do you want to discover the most important ones? Here they are!
- World Pride Madrid
This year, the amazing World Pride Madrid festival is on 7 July, the first Saturday after 28 June. The parade follows the same route as other years, encompassing such iconic areas as Gran Vía, Recoletos or El Prado, and its epicentre will be the famous Chueca district, where the traditional Pride Proclamation will be made.
- Berlin Pride
For the last few years, the Berlin parade to mark LGBT+ Pride day has been held in late July. This year it will be held on the weekend of 28 July, with the famous daytime parade around the mythical Brandenburg Gate.
- Amsterdam Gay Pride
As in Berlin, the LGBT+ festival is held one month after the official World Pride day. This year, the event will take place between 28 July and 5 August. The spectacular Canal Parade and city centre street parties, such as along Reguliersdwarsstraat and Rembrandtplein, will take place on the last three days.
- Gay Pride Paris
Paris has chosen 30 June to celebrate its own WorldPride day with lots of lights, colour and fun. The city streets hold a warm welcome for all who wish to enjoy this magical festival. This year, one of the themes of the parade will be discrimination in sport, and the meeting point will be Place de la République. And if you want to party even longer, just head to Le Marais, one of the most bustling gay districts in all of Europe.
- Pride in London
“Freedom”, “Individuality”, “Pride”, “Protest”, “Celebration”… These are the concepts you'll find on the official website of the Pride in London parade. A celebration that gets bigger every year and is now one of the most famous in Europe. The parade is on 7 July, but Gay Pride events begin almost one month earlier, with exhibitions and concerts being held at some of the city's main venues.
- Pride Barcelona
Another festival that has become increasingly popular in recent years is held in Barcelona, namely Pride BCN. From 14 to 30 June the streets of Barcelona are the venue for many events including protest actions with refugees, kids' workshops, concerts that go on till the small hours on the main days of the festival, and lots more.
Discover the cities of Europe from a different angle and immerse yourself in the party spirit of the rainbow flag. Another must on your calendar!