These are the top destinations for LGBTQ+ Pride events this year
Are you excitedly planning where you’re going to celebrate Pride this year? If you’re thinking of getting outside your own neighborhood and traveling, check out these top destinations in the United States for LGBTQ+ Pride events in 2019, according to a recent Orbitz survey.
10. San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s Pride happens the last weekend in June, and the celebration includes a parade, VIP party, festival and entertainment including Pabllo Vittar, one of the world’s most famous drag queens, and Amara La Negra, international entertainer and musician.
9. Houston, Texas
Join Houston for a Pride celebration toward the end of June, which honors 50 years since Stonewall. The first Pride Parade in Houston took place in June 1978.
8. Miami, Florida
Pride happens early for Miami Beach—it’s a weeklong celebration at the beginning of April with social mixers, dance events, a VIP gala and an incredible two-day festival and parade. This year’s entertainment headliner was Emily Estefan, who has performed with Carlos Santana, Carole King, Kathy Griffin, Miami Sound Machine and her mother, Gloria Estefan. If Miami Pride sounds up your alley, book your travel for next year’s epic celebration.
7. Columbus, Ohio
Celebrate Pride mid-June in Columbus with a parade, festival and a brunch featuring live entertainment. The festivities have been happening since Jue 1981.
6. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pride in Minneapolis takes place at the end of June and it’s a great place to celebrate with a parade, exhibitors, food vendors and live music and performances.
5. New York City, New York
New York City held the world’s first LGBTQ+ Pride event one year after the Stonewall Riot. Held in late June, NYC’s Pride parade draws upwards of 40,000 marchers and includes related events like a massive street festival and epic dance parties.
4. Long Beach, California
Celebrate Pride in Long Beach, the third largest in the country, in the middle of May with a parade and festival alongside over 80,000 other people.
3. Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta’s Pride doesn’t actually happen until October, so if you’re hoping to check out multiple LGBTQ+ Pride events this year, put this fall celebration on your calendar along with a few summer ones. There’s a Pride parade, a trans march, a dyke march, live entertainment and more.
2. St. Petersburg, Florida
Pride in St. Petersburg happens at the end of June, so there’s plenty of time to prepare for the city’s iconic celebration, which is the largest LGBTQ+ Pride event in Florida. Over 250,000 people come together for over-the-top floats, lavish costumes, incredible live performances and fireworks.
1. Provincetown, Massachusetts
Long heralded for its LGBTQ+ culture, Provincetown is a great place to spend Pride, which happens at the beginning of June. In addition to the parade, you can also experience a laser light show, Q&A with Stonewall Inn veterans, drag brunches and more.
“My summers in Provincetown are always the highlight of my year, so naturally I love that P-Town is ranked as the number one Pride-friendly place to travel!” says Miss Richfield 1981, a well-known drag personality. “It is such a joy to see Pride celebrations spreading throughout the United States and internationally; I encourage my fans and queer community to get out and plan a weekend getaway to celebrate Pride with friends, loved ones and fellow LGBTQ+ travelers.”
Alaina Leary Lavoie
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