3 Pride Festivals to Put on Your Bucket List

As the summer comes to an end, many pride festivals around the world have wrapped up for another year, which means event organizers and tourists are already starting to plan for 2018! If you have the travel bug and are looking for some epic Pride parties to attend, consider boarding a plane and heading to New York City, Sao Paulo or Madrid next year!

New York City

Early in the morning of June 28th, 1969, police raided a Greenwich Village bar that had become a staple of New York City’s underground gay community. Tired of the ongoing raids, community members fought back, striking what would become known as The Stonewall Riots and became the beginning of the modern Gay Rights movement.

NYC Pride has something for everyone, including OutCinema; a celebration of LGBTQ pride and community of film.

São Paulo

On June 28th, 1997, Sao Paulo became Brazil’s first pride parade, with the goal of the parade to increase the visibility of the gay community in the Catholic-majority country. By 2006, Sao Paulo pride parade was considered to be the world’s largest and was included in the Guinness World Record Book.

Sao Paulo is one of the most gay-friendly cities in Latin America, and the city explodes with activities leading up to the parade.


Madrid Pride is considered the biggest gay party in Europe, with nearly 2 million people out on the streets during Pride Week.

In 2017, WE PARTY, the official dance festival organizers for WorldPride hosted 11 parties over nine days, including a massive outdoor all night long party at Ciudad Del Rock.

Although it’s fun to dream about celebrating pride in a foreign country, plenty of great events and parties take place right here in Calgary, including ours! Be sure to check out our website for details about upcoming events in the city and throughout Southern Alberta.

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