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2023 International Pride Guide

by Our Editors
Pride Guide (Photo by Xavier Lorenzo)

From the bustling streets of London to the rhythmic samba of Sao Paulo, Pride showcases the voices, experiences, and continuing struggles of the LGBTQ+ community.

It is also a chance to explore new destinations, learn about different cultures, and connect with people from all walks of life who share the same vision of a world where love knows no boundaries. As we celebrate together, we will also acknowledge the and triumphs that have brought us this far, and the challenges we continue to face. In a world where love is often met with hate, the vibrant and diverse LGBTQ+ community stands proud, resilient, and unapologetic. And what better way to showcase this unwavering spirit than through the colorful and joyous celebrations of Pride? As we turn our attention to Valletta, Malta, the host city of EuroPride 2023, we can’t help but feel a sense of excitement and anticipation. With its charming mix of ancient history, stunning architecture, and Mediterranean flair, Valletta provides the perfect backdrop for a week-long celebration of love, diversity, and unity. From the lively parade, vibrant parties, insightful talks, and empowering marches, EuroPride 2023 promises to be an unforgettable experience for everyone who attends. All of these Pride events around the world serve as a beacon of hope, and as a prototype of a global culture where everyone can live their truth with dignity and respect.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
(August 1- 6. pride.amsterdam)
Gay Pride Amsterdam, Netherlands (Photo by Kavalenkau)

Gay Pride Amsterdam, Netherlands (Photo by Kavalenkau)

The Amsterdam Gay Pride festival is one of the most popular and anticipated pride events in Europe, taking place in early August every year. The main highlight of the festival is the Amsterdam Pride Parade, where lavishly decorated barges give the term ‘float’ a literal meaning. Other events and activities that take place during the festival include special club nights such as the Backdoor Party, Rapido, and Funhouse. There are also street parties in the gayborhood on Reguliersdwarsstraat, which is home to many of the city’s gay bars and clubs. The festival also features the Pride Walk, which is a showcase of the Amsterdam LGBTQI+ community, and the Official Opening of Pride at the Vondelpark with a huge stage featuring live acts, DJs, drag queens, dancers, and more. Other events include Amsterdam Pride at the Beach, the Open Air Cinema, and the Closing Party at Dam Square.

BANGKOK, THAILAND
(June 1 – 30. bangkokpride.org)
Bangkok Pride (Photo by 1000 Words)

Bangkok Pride (Photo by 1000 Words)

Why not celebrate Pride in Bangkok, one of the most gay-friendly and welcoming cities in the world, with a month-long series of events and parties. The highlight is the Bangkok Pride Parade on June 4th, which takes the Lumpini Park route, past the Ratchadamri line heading to Central World. Dress up in anything that expresses yourself with confidence, pride, and dignity, and join the parade and after-party which runs from 2 to 8 P.M. Multiple other after parties are held across the city, with lineups to be announced closer to the event date. Other Pride-themed events include the LGBTQI Film Festival at Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok, the Pride Cruise Party on the Chao Phraya River, the Pride Festival at W Bangkok, the W Bangkok Pride Drag Brunch, and the Pride at Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park.

KEY WEST, FLORIDA, USA
(June 7 – 11. gaykeywestfl.com/pride)

Key West Pride is an unforgettable event that offers a unique tropical vibe. From special concerts to pool parties and wine tastings, there is something for everyone. The world-famous festival includes an island-wide celebration that culminates in the Guinness Book of Records’ largest rainbow flag, a 1.25-mile-long banner running from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. The festivities begin with the Pride Kick-off Luncheon on Wednesday, followed by the Pride Welcome Party at the Island House. Popular pool parties are hosted at The Equator Resort, Alexander’s Guesthouse, and The Bourbon Street Pub, while the Fury Sunset Tea on the Sea cruise takes place on Thursday. The Bourbon Street Pub hosts a range of dance parties, including Thursgays at Side Bar and the men-only Fetish Ball at Saloon 1. On Sunday, the Key West Gay Pride Parade kicks off at 5 P.M., followed by the southernmost Beach Party at 7 P.M. Don’t miss the pre-parade drag brunch at Mangoes or the world-famous Tea Dance at Lateda after the parade. AquaPlex also hosts some great events throughout Pride, including the Rainbow Roast on Sunday evening.

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