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The 20 biggest and best 2020 Prides around the world

The 20 biggest and best 2020 Prides around the world

  • 2020 Pride dates and details for the world’s best festivals from every corner of the world.
Rainbow-painted guys at Pride in New York City.

Whether you want to dance to a bhangra beat, float down a canal or leave footprints in the sand, we’ve got the 2020 Pride for you.

We’ve scoured every continent (apart from Antarctica) to bring you the dates and details of the world’s most popular Pride events.

Top tip: Pride in any of these cities is one of the busiest times of year for hotels and even flights and trains. So book early.

São Paulo Parada do Orgulho

Sao Paulo Pride is one of the biggest in the world.
Sao Paulo Pride is one of the biggest in the world. Wikimedia Commons

While it is always hard to estimate, São Paulo Pride in Brazil regularly claims to be the biggest in the world, attracting around 4million people.

While some question the numbers, you can’t help but enjoy the welcome from the friendly locals, who call themselves paulistanos.

São Paulo Pride parade this year will be on 14 June 2020, and organisers have just announced the theme will be ‘democracy’. The Parada do Orgulho (Pride parade) gathers on Avenida Paulista and is 2.6miles long.

Many foreign tourists know little about São Paulo or Sampa, as the 20million locals call it. But it is home to dozens of LGBT+ and friendly bars, clubs, saunas and cafés. And the city is also proud of its art house cinemas, experimental theatres and gourmet restaurants.

Chicago Pride

Chicago Pride, friends embrace.
Chicago has invested heavily in attracting LGBT+ people. Chicago Pride

Few cities have done more to attract LGBT+ visitors than Chicago in recent years. And the Windy City’s soaring skyscrapers will look down on huge crowds during Pride.

Pride Month takes up the whole of June, hosting events including choral concerts, workshops, dances, picnics, religious services, plays, screenings, a 10K run and a Dyke March.

But events really get going during the Chicago Pride Fest on 20 and 21 June 2020. The two-day street festival is held in Boystown, the LGBT+ neighborhood and attracts 100,000 party-goers.

Alongside the music acts and DJs, the streets fill with stalls, dancing, drag shows, a pet parade and even a national anthem singing contest.

The following weekend, will see Pride in the Park on 27 June. And then the whole month will culminate in Chicago’s Pride parade, marching through the city on 28 June. 

Amsterdam Pride

Amsterdam boat parade.
The boat parade at Amsterdam Pride. Anna Biasoli

If you think floats should really float, check out Amsterdam Pride – a truly unique Pride event.

Rather than marching through the streets, Amsterdam makes the most of its UNESCO World Heritage canals. So the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade will see party boats sail past cheering crowds from 12.30pm to 6pm on Saturday 1 August.

Naturally, it’s all part of a bigger festival running from 25 July to 2 August 2020.

It all starts with a relaxed Pride in the Park on 25 July. This is followed by events around the city and even at Zandvoort, Amsterdam’s beach, 30 minutes away, where there’s a Pride at the Beach party.

Then on the final Pride weekend, there are club nights, street parties, a drag Olympics and a closing party to wind down on Sunday 2 August.

During the main pride weekend, the Canal Parade, street parties and main dance parties take place. 

Singapore Pink Dot

Singapore Pink Dot crowd calls for an end to the law against homosexuality, Section 377A.
Singapore Pink Dot crowd calls for an end to the law against homosexuality, Section 377A. Pink Dot Singapore

Pink Dot is Singapore’s answer to Pride and is allowed to go ahead each year despite the island nation still outlawing gay sex.

Attendees gather in Hong Lim Park at Speaker’s Corner. They enter the spirit of it by dressing in pink. And it is always moving to see aerial photos showing a pink dot of people in the middle of this country where our community is still criminalised.

The date for Singapore Pink Dot 2020 has not been formally announced. But it is most likely to be on 27 June.

Pink Dot is also a great opportunity to explore Singapore. What was once a boring layover on flights to Australia now has real spark.

Singapore is famous for its quirky architecture, stunning botanical gardens and air-conditioned shopping. But it’s also a cultural melting pot with Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian temples, hawker food and culture.

San Francisco Pride

Marchers in San Francisco Pride.
Marchers in San Francisco Pride. Wikimedia Commons

San Francisco Pride is one of the oldest and biggest in the US, focused on the weekend of 26 to 28 June 2020.

The Trans March is held on the Friday (26 June) with a Dyke March the next day (27 June) before the main Pride parade on 28 June.

The parade runs down Market Street before dispersing near The Castro, San Fran’s historic LGBT+ district. 2020’s theme is Generations of Hope.

Meanwhile a Celebration and Rally runs across the weekend in the Civic Center. Around 20 stages and spaces represent the diversity of San Francisco’s community.

EuroPride 2020: Thessaloniki 

Marching at Pride in Theassaloniki.
Marching at Pride in Theassaloniki which will host EuroPride in 2020. Wikimedia Commons

The beautiful, historic port city of Thessaloniki in Greece will host Europride from 20 to 28 June.

Organisers are yet to announce full details of the festival. But Thessaloniki is considered to be the Greek cultural capital.

While the gay scene is small, the city is a popular tourist destination with access to stunning sandy beaches. It’s also the top spot for street photography in Greece. So expect the InstaGays to be out in force.

Most geeky LGBT+ fact: Thessaloniki is named after a half-sister of bisexual Alexander the Great.

Note, there is no World Pride in 2020. Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden will co-host the next one in 2021.

Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride

Pride crowd in Mumbai.
Pride crowd in Mumbai. Mumbai Pride

India’s Mumbai Pride is an energetic, joyful parade that rocks through the streets to the sound of bhangra drums.

It’s full name is the Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride March – the word ‘azaadi’ means freedom in both Hindi and Urdu. And this year it will be held on Saturday 1 February 2020, followed by several post-Pride parties.

India only made gay sex legal in 2018, but Queer Azaadi Mumbai has been established for more than a decade. And it keeps growing, now boasting a month of events in the run up to the parade.

Previously called Bombay, Mumbai is one of India’s most exciting cities. Shared by millionaires and slum dwellers, it teems with energy, grand colonial architecture, thriving bazaars, hidden temples and pulsing nightlife.

Toronto Pride

Justin Trudeau at Pride in Toronto.
Justin Trudeau at Pride in Toronto. Pixabay

The bustling, cosmopolitan city of Toronto holds Canada’s biggest and most world-famous Pride each June.

The city’s Pride Month runs for the whole of June while 2020’s Toronto Pride festival dates are 26 to 28 June.

The main events are the Pride parade, which claims as many as 1,700,000 participants, and spectators and Street Fair which takes over 15 city blocks.

Past years have seen controversy, however, with Queers Against Israeli Apartheid and Black Lives Matter groups challenging the organisers over who is included.

Perhaps that’s what you’d expect from a forward-thinking city full of different languages and bursting with diverse cuisines, museums, culture and nightlife.

Sydney Mardi Gras

Kylie at Sydney Mardi Gras.
Kylie at Sydney Mardi Gras. Sydney Mardi Gras

Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the world’s most famous Pride events. 

It’s still called Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras despite being for all LGBT+ people, not being at the start of Lent and not being on a Tuesday.

But it is a non-stop fortnight of fun. The festival dates for this year are from Friday 14 February to Sunday 1 March 2020. From pool parties to picnics and from culture to a huge underwear party, it ranges from thought-provoking to wild.

One highlight is Fair Day in Victoria Park, this year on Sunday 16 February. The community gets together for queer performances, dancing, sports and a dog show.

Then it all culminates on the evening of the Mardi Gras Parade, on Saturday 29 February from 7.30pm to 11pm. The parade brings an explosion of color to Sydney’s streets.

Afterwards the official Mardi Gras Party will turn Hordern Pavillion into a fantasy land with headlines Dua Lip and Kesha.

Capital Pride Washington DC

Capital Pride in Washington DC.
Capital Pride in Washington DC. Capital Pride

If you want to put politics back into Pride, where better to do it than at Capital Pride in Washington DC?

The dates for 2020 are from 5 June to 14 June with most of the events on the final weekend. Highlights will include the Rooftop Rally, Block Party, a festival and concert alongside the parade.

The parade on 13 June will follow a new route in 2020 to manage the growing numbers but is expected to start from Dupont Circle.

Rio de Janeiro Parada do Orgulho

Pride flag by Rio beach.
Party by the beach at Pride in Rio. Wikimedia Commons

There are many Prides on a beach around the world but few can compare to Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian city offers golden sand, spectacular mountains and a samba-fueled nightlife.

The Pride parade (Parada do Orgulho) in Rio de Janeiro this year will start to gather at 11am on Sunday 20 September. But the party after it won’t finish until Tuesday 22 September.

Organisers estimate 500,000 people joined in the celebrations in 2019, demanding ‘democracy, freedom and rights’.

Gay Pride Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Crowd of shirtless men at Pride.
Pride in Gran Canaria is a massive beach party. Unsplash

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere and want your summer to start early, you need to know about Gay Pride Maspalomas.

Maspalomas is the big LGBT+ beach resort of the holiday island of Gran Canaria – a little corner of Spain off the West Africa coast.

Yes, Maspalomas is a bit tacky. But it’s got the sea, sand, sex and pretty-much guaranteed sun.

In 2020, the festival will run from 7 to 17 May with the Pride parade on 16 May. But the real fun is partying in the Yumbo Centrum – it’s an ugly concrete shopping center but full of gay bars.

But while you are in the Canaries do try to explore further. The mountainous interior is spectacular and lush while the less touristy Las Palmas is a cosmopolitan, cultural highlight.

Madrid Parada do Orgullo

Women kiss at Pride
Madrid Pride is one of the biggest in Europe. Pixabay

Madrid Pride claims to be the biggest in Europe, attracting more than 2million people – and it’s a real party.

Called Madrid Orgullo (Madrid Pride) it is also known by the acronym MADO.

The parade will be on 4 July 2020. It doesn’t get going until after 6.30pm and floats are still passing along the route after midnight.

The festival leading up to the MADO parade will run from 27 June. Based on past years, you can expect a Heel Race, a bear’s event and even and party celebrating churros and chocolate.

Taiwan Pride

Intersex marchers at Pride in Taiwan.
Intersex marchers at Pride in Taiwan. Taipei Pride

The capital city of Taipei hosts Taiwan Pride, the biggest Pride event in Asia, each year.

Pride in Taipei has grown massively in recent years. And in 2019 the city held a series of events during October in the run up to the parade. The festival included films, exhibitions, lectures and the first Trans Pride parade in Asia.

The main weekend runs from 30 October to 1 November 2020 with Taiwan Pride parade on Saturday 31 October.

People who are used to American or European Prides, may find it is refreshingly grassroots-led rather than dominated by big corporate sponsors.

But for visitors, an even greater attraction is the opportunity to experience Taipei. It’s famous for its unique blend of Chinese culture with Japanese, Southeast Asian and American influences.

It’s also one of the continents’ most LGBT+ welcoming countries, and the only one to have legalised same-sex marriages.

New York City Pride

Woman dancing at NYC Pride.
Pride in New York City is the biggest in the US. Pixabay

New York City will hold a month of Pride events in June. It all culminates in the NYC Pride march through Manhattan on 28 June 2020 and the Pride Island party.

The month-long Pride festival includes queer cinema, theatre, art, history tours, youth events, cosplay and sport.

New York celebrated 50 years of Stonewall by hosting World Pride in 2019. And it will take some beating. Authorities estimate it attracted 5million participants and visitors, making it the biggest LGBT+ event in history.

Paris Pride

Embracing at Paris Pride.
Pride in Paris is an opportunity to enjoy the city’s amazing sights. .

Paris Pride is a chance to enjoy the sights of one of the world’s most beautiful cities along with 50 floats on a four-hour long parade.

Called the Marche des Fiertés LGBT (LGBT Pride March), the parade runs from Montparnasse to the Place de la République. It passes the Marais district, the LGBT+ neighborhood, where the parties will go on until long into the night.

The date for Paris Pride 2020 is 27 June. But the city will also celebrate Pride Fortnight in the run up.

Details aren’t out yet but 2019’s festival included exhibitions, concerts, roller skating, conferences, bingo, drinks, debates, film, picnics, sports, voguing performances and clubbing.

Midsumma, Melbourne

Pride women in Melbourne.
Melbourne’s festival includes arts and culture. MFM

For 22 days each January, the Midsumma Festival takes over Melbourne for Australia’s biggest queers arts and cultural program. It’s the city’s answer to Pride.

The line up includes visual arts, live music, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, parties, sport, social events, and public forums.

In 2020 there are 194 events and it’s so big it’s not confined to Melbourne but extends out into the state of Victoria.

While the festival started on 19 January, it’s not too late to join in the Midsumma Pride March. It will run through the streets of St Kilda on Sunday 2 February 2020.

The revving engines of the Dykes on Bikes and Aboriginal Australians will lead the parade down Fitzroy Street. And the route ends at the beach-side Catani Gardens for an afternoon of partying and relaxation by the sea.

If you want to be part of the massive Midsumma Carnival in Alexandra Gardens, you’ll have to wait until 2021. The event kick-starts the festival each year.

Meanwhile, there’s more Midsumma events running until 9 February 2020.

Cologne Pride

Men in mermaid outfits at Cologne Pride.
Cologne embraces its rainbow colors. CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

Cologne Pride is the biggest in Germany and a great opportunity to explore this stunning gothic city.

As is typical across Germany, Cologne Pride is also known as Christopher Street Day. And this year Pride events will run from 27 June 2020. The city will have a three-day street festival on 3, 4 and 5 July as well as the main Christopher Street Day parade (Pride march) on 5 July.

While you are in Cologne, make sure you visit the cathedral, explore the old town by the Rhine and indulge your inner chocoholic at the Schokoladenmuseum (chocolate museum).

UK Pride: Northern Pride, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Dog in rainbow bandana
Dogs are welcome at Northern Pride in Newcastle, UK. Northern Pride

The city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in northeast England hosts Northern Pride each year – and in 2020 it has won the title of UK Pride.

Each year one Pride around Britain, usually one of the around 100 smaller events, is named UK Pride. And it tends to make a fun local festival into a big celebration.

So this year’s Northern Pride and UK Pride will run from 17 to 19 July on Newcastle’s Town Moor.

Newcastle has a larger gay scene than cities of a similar size, with a mix of bars, clubs, two saunas and, of course, LGBT+ friendly venues. The focus is the ‘Pink Triangle’ near Central Station.

While not normally a tourist city, Newcastle has a thriving music scene and nightlife, a clutch of museums and, of course, a world-famous soccer club. In 2019, it won the accolade of UK’s friendliest city.

Auckland Pride

Auckland Pride.
Auckland Pride rainbow dancers. Auckland Pride

New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, is rated one of the world’s best cities for quality of life. So it’s only right that Auckland Pride is a key event in its calendar.

Auckland Pride’s festival runs from 1 to 9 February 2020.

The Auckland Pride parade is called OurMarch and has a real community focus. It sets off from Albert Park at 4pm on Saturday 8 February.

It’s followed by OurParty in Aotea Square with queer musicians, artists, performers, dancers and food. 

While you are in Auckland, called Tāmaki Makaurau in Maori, take time to visit its surroundings. From rugged surfing beaches to dense rainforest, thermal springs, wineries and wildlife reserves, you can soon be somewhere very special.