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8 amazing pride festivals around the world

It’s PRIDE week! The most colourful, cheerful, and wonderful week of the year! It’s the one week where cities get covered in rainbows and there are colours everywhere you look. On June 26, 2016, there will be a big pride parade going through London and you can bet I’m going to be there to watch (and of course take pictures). I love PRIDE and think it’s such an amazing week, and I’m not the only one! Let’s take a look at some of the greatest PRIDE celebrations in the world!

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam Pride is one not to be missed, the citywide festival is held every year during the first weekend of August and attracts several hundred thousand visitors. The peak of the festival is during the canal pride, a parade of boats going through the city.

San Fransisco

When I think of PRIDE I think of San Fransisco, it’s on my bucket list to celebrate it right in this amazing city, as it is a PRIDE celebration like no other. It’s the largest Pride celebration in the US and second in the world, right after Sao Paulo.

London

London Pride is one of the biggest publicly held festivals in London, it takes place in the middle of June and ends with a big parade going through the streets of London.

Paris

Expect colourful festive floats and over half a million spectators during Paris Pride. After the annual parade, join in and dance the night away in one (or several) of Paris’s gay clubs and pubs and find events happening during all hours.

Stockholm

I have to give a little shout to my hometown and throw Stockholm in the mix, now it might not be the biggest pride festival in the world, but we do PRIDE pretty well! It’s a week of celebration ending with the pride parade, between Wednesday and Sunday the Pride Park is open – a festival arena filled with stalls, stages, shops, restaurants and other attractions. Every afternoon and evening a wide variety of artist performed and there are shows on the main stage.

Sao Paulo

The Sao Paulo Gay Pride Parade takes place in early June and attracts more than 2 million attendees, it’s the largest gay pride celebration in the world and is a celebration like no other. It features around 20 themed floats decorated with festive dancers and loud music.

New York

Not many places celebrate LGBT pride better than New York. It’s a month-long celebration featuring multiple events, the main event takes place in Manhattan on the last Sunday in June. Almost two million people came together for the Pride parade and over 55 floats represented all aspects of LGBT culture.

Madrid

Pride with a Spanish flair? Yes, please! Madrid is home to the largest gay pride in Spain, attracting approximately 2 million people for the 5-day extravaganza.

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