It’s June and that means it’s Pride Month. People in cities worldwide will be celebrating this most important and historical month celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.

Celebrating during the month of June honors the Stonewall Uprising that took place in Manhattan in 1969. Also called the Stonewall Riots, it all started “when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City.” A riot ensued followed by protests and clashes with police. “The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.” 

Pride in New York City 

1970 was the first year of the NYC Pride March. The Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee put it together and has continued yearly to this day. 

Today, Heritage of Pride, a nonprofit group, plans, organizes and produces New York City’s LGBTQIA+ Pride events. “Heritage of Pride works toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law.” Through events that inspire and educate, Heritage of Pride also celebrates the diverse community and ensures safe events. Colorful and uplifting parades, festivals, and joyous celebrations are among the principal components of LGBTQ Pride Month celebrated in June in the United States as well as around the world.

If you’re in New York City in June, make sure you take part in the many celebrations leading up to the 30 June 2024 NYC Pride March. The Youth Pride March will kick off on 29 June 2024 – the event is free, but RSVP is required.

It all comes together on June 30th at the Pride March. Beginning at noon, at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. It eventually passes the Stonewall National Monument as well as the New York City AIDS Memorial, and then it ends in Chelsea. New York City does Pride like no other city. Expect to be out late to celebrate!

Celebrate 50 Years of Pride in London 

London skyline from the thamesWith over 30,000 participants, Pride in London attracts an estimated 1.5 million visitors and is one of the longest-running and largest pride festivals in the UK. Pride in London is a not-for-profit that focuses on equality and diversity and provides a platform for LGBT+ communities. The organization is there “to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing.”

London’s parade is scheduled for 29 June, 2024. Pride in London 2024 promises an even more spectacular parade, building on the tremendous success of 2023. Guided as always by the core values of visibility, unity, and equality, Pride in London is more than just a parade—it’s a testament to the power of community, a reminder that love knows no boundaries and that together, we are stronger. With visibility as our guiding light, unity as our strength, and equality as our goal, we march forward, paving the way for a brighter, more inclusive future for all. #PrideInLondon


Join the Pride Journey in San Francisco 

It’s now 54 years of Pride in the City by the Bay. “With over 200 parade contingents and exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of the LGBT community and allies in the nation.” 

During the last full weekend of June, Pride festivities begin Saturday and the parade is on Sunday. It starts at Beale Street and ends at Market and 8th Street in downtown San Francisco. Grand Marshalls of the parade comes from the San Francisco area and are from a variety of backgrounds. They help to further the cause of LGBTQ+ people.

This year’s theme is #LookingBackMovingForward.


When In Paris Be Sure to Celebrate Gay Pride 

Paris Eiffel TowerBack in 1981, the Paris Pride event was held for the first time. Today, there are more than half a million people who take part in the streets of Paris. From colorful floats to loud music, it’s the perfect time to take to the streets of Paris and support the LGBTQ+ population. 

So, if you’re in Paris in June, it’s the perfect place to celebrate Gay Pride. What was formerly known as Gay Pride is now LGBTQI+ Pride March and it’s back this summer in Paris for the 2024 edition which is set for 29 June 2024. This parade kickstarts the summer season of parties and events around the city. When the procession finishes, the Pride celebration continues with parties spilling out into adjoining streets to the many nearby gay cafes, bars, and clubs.

And don’t forget – Paris is the place to be this summer with the Paris Summer Games commencing from 26 July to 11 August 2024!


See Madrid and Come Together to Celebrate Pride 


A great destination for pride, Madrid celebrates this year with the theme, “Whoever you love, Madrid Loves You.” with event dates from 28 June, to 7 July. The actual Madrid Parade will take place on the first Saturday in July.

Madrid is one of the best LGBTQ+ destinations in the world and its annual Pride is a must-attend for thousands of people from across the world.” 

Celebrations in Madrid start on 28 June 2024 through 7 July 2024. Expect a week of everything from political activism to cultural events, and fun activities. It all comes together for the big day: the Madrid Pride Parade (usually from Atocha train station to Plaza de Colón).

There are so many activities to do and while held in the Chueca neighborhood, Pride is not just for this neighborhood; it’s held over the entire city. You’ll find a host of concerts and shows in various plazas.

Wherever you are in the world during Pride month, there’s most likely a march to show solidarity and that there’s strength in numbers. Go Pride! 

Original post date: June 13, 2022