It’s officially Pride Month! This is a special time when we celebrate all kinds of love and acceptance all around the world. Everyone is invited.
We want to take you on a journey to some of the most fun and friendly cities during this time. Whether you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, these cities are great visits that show the spirit of pride. There’s New York City’s Pride March, Toronto’s accepting and inclusive culture. Then there’s Dublin’s Pride Parade and São Paolo’s mix of Latinx and LGTBQ+ culture. Each of these cities is unique, and they all celebrate Pride Month in their own wonderful ways.
New York City
New York City is a place famous for its huge role in LGBTQ+ history. Ever heard of the Stonewall Riots of 1969? That major event sparked a worldwide push for LGBTQ+ rights.
Now, if you’re wondering how to make the most of Pride Month in New York City, here’s what you need to know.
The city hosts a massive parade called the Pride March on June 25. People from all over the world come to join. Imagine a parade with millions of people, all dressed in colourful attire, carrying banners, and celebrating love in all its diversity. The atmosphere is electric.
There are live music performances that fill the air with upbeat tunes, and you can join the dance parties that spring up out of nowhere. It’s a passionate event that’s all about expressing yourself and standing up for equality.
But your Pride Month adventure in New York City isn’t just about the parade. There are many other places you can explore.
For example, you can visit Chelsea, a neighbourhood known for being super welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community.
Check out “Rainbows and Triangles”, a quirky shop with all sorts of LGBTQ+-themed gifts and goodies.
If you’re into literature, “BGSQD” is a bookstore that focuses on LGBTQ+ authors and themes.
And if you’re an art enthusiast, the “Leslie-Lohman Museum” is dedicated to showcasing LGBTQ+ art.
You can also catch a show at an LGBTQ+-friendly theatre like The Duplex. Watch one of the cabaret shows that the venue is famous for, or if you’re a music lover, the piano bar is a must-visit. Visitors gather around the piano every night, joining the pianist in lively sing-alongs of everything from Broadway hits to pop classics. You’ll feel the magic in the room.
In New York City, there are so many ways to celebrate Pride Month. You’re sure to find something you’ll love.
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Known for its multicultural spirit and inclusive vibe, Toronto is a city that wears its pride on its sleeve. The city was one of the first in the world to host a Pride Week.
It’s no surprise that the main attraction of Toronto’s Pride Month celebrations is the Pride Parade. You’ll want to experience that. The parade is a visual feast, with colourful floats, marching bands, and eager participants making their way down the city streets. Each year, the parade brings a new theme, which adds an extra layer of excitement. Expect creative costumes and stunning performances. It’s a day when the city’s diversity truly shines. The atmosphere is joyful as everyone comes together to celebrate love and equality.
Apart from the parade, Toronto has plenty to do to celebrate pride. Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village is the heart of the city’s LGBTQ+ community. Visit, and you’ll find LGBTQ+-friendly businesses. Make sure you see “Glad Day Bookshop”, the world’s oldest LGBTQ+ bookstore, where you’ll find a large collection of literature.
“Out on the Street” is another must-visit shop offering a range of LGBTQ+-themed clothing, accessories, and gifts.
For an insightful experience, head over to the “Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives,” the world’s largest independent LGBTQ+ archives. A visit would add some meaning to your Pride Month celebration. It gives you a chance to appreciate the journey that’s brought us to today’s celebrations.
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Dublin, a city with rich history, friendly locals, and dynamic culture, takes pride in its inclusivity and support for the LGBTQ+ community. Dublin blends tradition with modern values, making it a unique place to celebrate Pride Month.
One of the most popular activities during Pride Month is enjoying a picnic at Phoenix Park. During Pride Month, Phoenix Park hosts charming gatherings that combine good food, great company, and the joyous spirit of Pride. Head on over and spread out your picnic blanket. It’s an excellent opportunity for locals and visitors to come together, share stories, and make new friends in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
If you appreciate the arts, Dublin has you covered.
Art exhibits are spread throughout the city. You’ll find collections showing work from LGBTQ+ artists in spaces like the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Project Arts Centre, giving them a platform for their voices and experiences. Each piece tells a unique story, inviting you on a journey of understanding the LGBTQ+ experience through the lens of artistic expression.
There’s also the GAZE International LGBT Film Festival, where you can watch films that explore the rich diversity of the LGBTQ+ experience, from dramas to documentaries.
No visit to Dublin during Pride Month would be complete without stepping into the Pantibar. Nestled on Capel Street, this iconic LGBTQ+ bar is owned by Panti Bliss, a drag queen beloved by the nation. Whether you’re enjoying a quiet pint or laughing along with a drag show, Pantibar promises an experience that’s as enchanting as Dublin itself.
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São Paulo, Brazil
This city is well-known for its impressive skyscrapers and vibrant culture. It’s also one of the most devoted celebrators of Pride Month. In June, it’s a feast of colours, music, and passion you wouldn’t want to miss.
When it comes to LGBTQ+-friendly places, São Paulo has plenty.
For those looking for a more laid-back atmosphere, visit the “Brechos” in the Bela Vista district, a neighbourhood with a strong LGBTQ+ presence. “Brecho” is a term used in Brazil for a secondhand shop. In this neighbourhood, you can sip on a caipirinha while browsing through the stores’ vintage clothes and accessories. The cosy, welcoming atmosphere makes it a perfect spot to chat with locals and maybe even find your new favourite souvenir.
There’s the Museum of Art São Paulo (MASP), known for hosting a variety of events and exhibitions during Pride Month. Stroll through the spacious halls of this museum, and admire the thought-provoking art exhibits that shine a light on the LGBTQ+ experience, past and present. From paintings and photography to mixed media installations, it’s quite the collection. The art events are often accompanied by workshops and talks, where you can engage in discussions about art, identity, and the history of the LGBTQ+ community.
As night falls, São Paulo’s vibrant nightlife comes alive at The Week, one of Brazil’s most popular gay clubs. Situated in the bustling Lapa district, The Week promises a nightlife experience like no other. Pulsating beats fill the air while the hypnotic lights flash in rhythm, creating a mesmerising space. Themed nights range from electrifying dance-offs to live performances by renowned DJs. Here, every night is a celebration of life, love, and identity, and you’ll find yourself drawn into the heart of the party, dancing and making memories.
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We hope this guide has sparked your traveller spirit and given you a glimpse of the fantastic celebrations that New York City, Toronto, Dublin, and São Paulo have to offer. You’ve got so many options. You could make sure you’re in the middle of a pride parade, explore some lively LGBTQ+-friendly neighbourhoods or take in a drag show. You’re spoilt for choice.
But it’s important to remember Pride Month isn’t just about the parades and parties. It’s about celebrating love, promoting equality, and appreciating diversity. It’s about coming together as a global community and honouring the progress we’ve made while acknowledging the work that’s still to be done.
Go ahead and make your Pride Month plans. The world is waiting to celebrate with you.