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2024 International Pride Guide

LGBTQ+ Pride Events

by Our Editors
2024 Passport Magazine International Pride Guide (Photo by Lazyllama)

From the vibrant parades of New York City and San Francisco to the spirited festivals of Amsterdam and Sydney, these events shine a spotlight on the progress and challenges of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Wherever you plan to celebrate Pride this year, you will find towns and cities hosting exciting events that honor self expression and shed light on the experiences of the global LGBTQ+ community.

Every year, Pride is an opportunity to show your support for LGBTQ people where ever you go, while at the same time celebrating love in all its beauty and diversity. Around the world, Pride celebrations are held not only to embrace LGBTQ+ identities, but also to acknowledge the challenges gay people face every day and to continue to raise awareness for LGBTQ+ causes.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (June 7 – 22. budapest pride.hu)
A city growing in popularity amongst Europe’s best offerings, Budapest has a whole lot to offer when it comes to Pride with their highly organized Budapest Pride Community Festival. Perhaps one of the longest Pride celebrations in Europe, Budapest Pride runs June 7- 23 and events take place around the city. Main events include the Rainbow Party on June 22 in Budapest Park, which boasts four different dance floors and musical performances, fashion shows, face painting, and fireworks at 10 P.M. On the same day, attend the Budapest Pride Parade which starts in the park as well. Throughout the month, gay bars in the city host special pride parties. Stop by Alterego, which is open 10 P.M. to 6 A.M. and showcases drag, dance performances, and through the month of June hosts special Pride parties. More than 50 civil organizations, informal groups, and individuals come together to produce nearly 100 programs throughout the month of June for Pride, and in recent years Budapest Pride has become the biggest festival in the country with tens of thousands of attendees.

Photo by ViDI Studio

Photo by ViDI Studio

 

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (October 26 – November 3. gaytravel4u.es/event/gay-pride-buenos-aires)
Buenos Aires comes to life for Pride Week (Festival Semana Orgullo) in October, an event which drew in approximately one million visitors in 2023. Celebrations kick off on Saturday with outdoor activities, art displays, live music, DJ sets, and dancing in the Gurruchaga neighborhood of the city. Throughout the week over 30 organizations and groups will host activities and house booths to spread awareness and information leading up to the highly anticipated Pride Parade. In Buenos Aires, this parade has taken place on the first Saturday of November since 1992, and it steps off, marching band in tow, from the Casa Rosada in Plaza de Mayo, moving toward the National Congress building. Rainbow banners and colors are displayed throughout the city in solidarity, and municipalities throughout the country celebrate with their own parades as well.

 

CARDIFF, WALES (June 22 -23. pridecymru.com)
Each year Pride Cymru, a volunteer-led charity raising awareness for LGBTQ+ issues, hosts around 50,000 people for Pride over two days at Cardiff Castle, making it one of the most attended annual events in the city. Over 50 acts will perform in 2024 and range from pop groups, to drag queens, to local and national celebrities. Headlining this year’s acts are famous Eurodance group the Venga boys, taking to the main stage on Saturday. Also joining the lineup are Ultrabeat, DJ FlyBoy, Esther Parade, Yshee Black, Tom Aspaul, Donna Marie as Lady Gaga, and more. On Sunday, musical performances continue with the House Gospel Choir, Justin Drag, Sarah Jayne as Shania Twain and others. Festival attendees can shop or sell at the Community Market which hosts stalls throughout the heart of the city to raise awareness about local LGBTQ+ organizations. Anyone can join the Pride Cymru Parade, which has made the streets of Cardiff more colorful since 1985.Allregistered participants are welcome to wear their brightest and boldest colors, bring balloons, banners, and more to show their pride. Ticket holders for the festival will have access to performances across two stages, the mile-long parade, a selection of food, a cabaret, a family area, the community market, and tons of LGBTQ+ friendly entertainment.

Love Is Love (Photo by Shawn Goldberg)

Photo by Shawn Goldberg

 

DALLAS, TEXAS (June 1-2. dallaspride.org)
Pride in Dallas, Texas has dared to be a blue spectacle in a red state since its initiation in 1972. In early June, Dallas Pride kicks off with the Dallas Pride Music Festival displaying musical and dance acts across five entertainment stages. More than 300 goods and food vendors will be available throughout the festival spaces. Dallas Pride invites LGBTQ+ community members of all ages and features Teen Pride, a special designated environment for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-19 to enjoy live entertainment, music, DJs and other age-appropriate activities. An additional Family Pride Zone will be available. Stick around until the end of the evening for a spectacular fireworks show. On Sunday, continue the fun with the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Pride Parade, named after the former executive director of the Dallas Tavern Guild, Alan Ross, who drove the success of the city’s Pride celebrations for years. This year, Dallas Pride adds another celebration to the mix ahead of the festival and parade with the Cedar Springs Street Party, which will welcome visitors from around the country who are attending the North American Gay+ Volleyball Association for their Memorial Weekend Championship Tournament in collaboration with the Dallas Volleyball Association.

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