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The best Pride parades on the planet

It’s true, love really does make the world go round.

That’s love, not money. And definitely not the conservation of angular momentum. Insert confused face <here>.

To celebrate Pride in London this weekend and all those extraordinary LGBT warriors out there, we gave one of our Round the World routes the rainbow treatment based on the best places to protest and party.

Look lively, you DO NOT want to miss the float on this one.

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London

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Celebrating 45 years of being loud and proud, and 50 years since the UK Parliament first voted to legalise homosexuality, Pride in London promises its biggest and most vibrant year yet. Under a banner of ‘Love happens here’, this fortnight of fun, frivolity and flag-flying ends this Saturday with the finale parade.

As well as the usual shenanigans kicking off in Soho, there are also over 60 events taking place across the capital, five stages of music and cabaret, the Pride in the Park festival (hello dog show), and even an app to plan your perfect Pride.

Don’t miss: The 2.3km parade through central London, starting on Regent St at 1pm on 8th July. Magenta is mandatory.

 

São Paolo

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Three words: Shirtless, samba and sunshine. The biggest Pride event in the world, an estimated three million people partied at São Paolo Pride this year.

However, it’s not all carnival, cross-dressing and caipirinhas. In true Pride style, 2017 came with a strong political message, not only for greater protection for the LGBT community, but also for the separation of church and state in Brazilian politics.

Don’t miss: Celeb spotting. Stephen Fry and the cast of Orange is the New Black were just a few of the famous faces spotted in previous years.

 

New York

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New York is Pride. The first march took place here in 1970, when a few hundred people marched down Sixth Avenue to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Fast forward five decades, and Pride 2017 saw a month of LGBT celebrations and demonstrations across five NYC boroughs, performances from artists such as LeAnn Rimes, the first ever live televised coverage on a major network, and A LOT of jello shots.

Don’t miss: A cocktail at The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich village, the historic bar that helped launch the global gay rights movement.

 

San Francisco

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No list would be complete without the pride of place, San Francisco. One of the most liberal and gay friendly cities in the world, San Francisco hosts North America’s biggest and most inclusive LGBT celebrations, with over 200 parade contingents and over 20 community-led stages.

Don’t miss: Staking out your spot in the Castro District. The craziest weekend of the year, the population of San Francisco almost doubles as around 1 million people descend on the city

 

Sydney

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Three weeks of sequins and speedos, Australia’s biggest LGBT event takes place over Mardi Gras in March. One of the world’s most outrageous parades – think Priscilla Queen of the Desert en masse – this colourful celebration also isn’t without its dark past.

Sydney’s first march took place in 1978 and saw over 50 people arrested by police. Homosexuality was still a crime in New South Wales until the mid 80s, and media coverage of the marchers saw many outed in their communities and even lose their jobs.

Don’t miss: The famous Mardi Gras Party. Stages of international DJs, crazy pyrotechnics and hardcore partygoers, it’s the hottest ticket of the year.

 

Taipei

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Asia’s most progressive and gay friendly country, with hopes to become the first Asian country to legalise same sex marriage, Taiwan Pride is the region’s biggest and most flamboyant parade. Taking place in October and now in its 13th year, over 80,000 rainbow-clad revellers and lesbian brides-to-be turned out last year to strut the streets with messages of love, equality and acceptance.

Don’t miss: The famous Pride pool parties at the W Hotel, Taipei.

 

Amsterdam

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And finally.

Easygoing and enlightened when it comes to, well, most things… it’s no shock that Amsterdam throws a corker of a parade.

A week-long celebration each August, Amsterdam Pride is known for its ‘give a dam’ attitude, wild weekend street parties and Canal Parade. Taking the idea of festival floats to whole new and literal level, they float on barges along the canals rather than parade through the streets.

Don’t miss: The Drag Queen Olympics. The world’s premier cross-dressing sporting event, disciplines include the Handbag Throw and the 100 meter Stiletto Sprint.

Convinced to see the world differently? Find out how to make up your own Round the World route with our exclusive student and under 31 BlueTickets

p.s. Most Pride festivals take place over World Pride Week in June, so unless you’re Superman, the Doctor or Santa, we’d suggest spending a little longer on your Round the World. This ticket is valid for 12 months, make the most of it!

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