Sponsored: Pride season is officially upon us – and while it’s always great to join the celebration in your own country, it’s also amazing to see how it’s done overseas!
In fact, it can be quite a show of solidarity to stand up for LGBTI rights abroad. Trust us, you never forget your first time…
If combining Pride with a spot of international travel is firing up your wanderlust, now’s the time to get planning.
Head to the Go-Heathrow search portal to hunt for the best flight deals to your destination of choice. But first, here are the deets on four of the biggest worldwide. Get those diaries cleared!
1 NYC Pride – 23-25 June 2017
Parade day: Saturday 24 June
Last year, a record 30,000 people marched in the Big Apple. The total number of attendees, including those cheering from the sidelines, was estimated at a mind-boggling 2-2.5 million. This year’s festival will be more protest-focused, with everyday people who’ve made a difference to the queer community picked as Grand Marshals over the usual celebrity choices.
These include Geng Le, Blued creator and leader of LGBTI equality in China, the trans activist and firefighter Brooke Guinan, director of Community Relations at Gay Men’s Health Crisis Krishna Stone, and The American Civil Liberties Union team.
Meanwhile, bringing the glamor is How Do I Live? singer LeAnn Rimes, one of this year’s headliners. The Grammy Award-winning country music star will take to the stage at the free PrideFest party on Hudson Street on Sunday 25 June.
Meanwhile Years & Years plus Tegan and Sara will be performing at the Pride Island music festival.
Heathrow Airport has 200 flights a week to New York City. For more information, visit the Go-Heathrow search portal by clicking here.
2 Madrid WorldPride – 23 June-2 July 2017
Parade day: Saturday 1 July
It’s been voted the world’s most gay-friendly country. And this year marks marks 40 years since the LGBTI demo in Spain. Fitting, then, that given the growth of the Pride movement in the country, this year its capital plays host to the roving WorldPride festival.
Based in and around Madrid’s thriving Chueca neighborhood, organizers are expecting up to 3 million people to flock to the world’s most epic LGBTI party of the year. The event will also have a serious side, beginning with the Madrid Summit: A World Conference on Human Rights to be held at the Cantoblanco campus of the Autonomous University of Madrid.
Heathrow Airport has 91 flights a week to Madrid. For more information, visit the Go-Heathrow search portal by clicking here.
3 Cologne Gay Pride – 7-9 July 2017
Parade day: Sunday 9 July
Cologne is Germany’s fourth biggest city, but it rivals Berlin in its popularity among LGBTI locals and tourists. Also known as the Christopher Street Day festival, Cologne Gay Pride regularly attracts 750,000 to 1 million people every year.
This year’s Pride parade takes place in Cologne’s Old Town on the Sunday; more details will be announced soon when the revamped Cologne Gay Pride website goes live.
Heathrow Airport has 18 flights week to Cologne. For more information visit the Go-Heathrow search portal by clicking here.
4 Berlin Christopher Street Day – 22 August 2017
Parade day: Saturday 22 August
Some 479km from Cologne, in Germany’s biggest city, is the country’s other major Christopher Street Day celebration. It’s also known as Berlin Pride. (But in case you’re wondering, the CSD concept arose from the Stonewall riots in New York City in 1969, which took place outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street.)
The parade starts at noon on the Ku’damm, before moving through Wittenbergplatz, Nollendorfplatz, Lützowplatz and Siegessäule to the Brandenburg Gate.
Heathrow Airport has 65 flights a week to Berlin. For more information, visit the Go-Heathrow search portal by clicking here.
With over 35 bars, restaurants and cafes, including the new Gordon Ramsay Plane Food outlet due to arrive in Terminal 5 this summer, and dozens of designers stores, Heathrow is the perfect place to start your holiday or business trip. To book your trip, visit go.heathrow.com
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Flights relate to the ‘Northern Summer 2017’ flying schedule from London Heathrow from 26 March to 29 October 2017.