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50 Years of Pride: Our Top 5 Pride Events

Chosen in remembrance of the Stonewall riots in New York in 1969, June is recognised as Pride Month throughout much of the world. “Pride Month” is a bit of a misnomer, however, with Pride events being held throughout most of the summer in the UK, Europe and beyond, celebrating diversity and equality for the LGBTQ+ community.


In the 50 years since Stonewall, cities around the world have joined the celebration, hosting bigger and brighter Pride events each year.


Here are our top 5 Pride events in the UK and Europe:


  1. CSD Berlin


Theming the event to focus on a pertinent political message each year, CSD Berlin brings together approximately half a million people for advocacy and celebration. This year’s event – “Stonewall 50 – Every Uprising starts with your voice” – culminates in world-class musical acts on the mainstage.


2. Brighton & Hove Pride


Known as the UK’s most popular pride festival, Brighton & Hove Pride combines live entertainment, fundraising and campaigning into a three-day event to remember. From concerts and a community parade to family entertainment and even a Pride dog show, there’s something for everyone at this weekend event by the sea.


3. Manchester Pride


Following Brighton on the list, Manchester Pride draws some heavy-hitters in music, including this year’s headliner Ariana Grande. Held over the August bank holiday, Manchester Pride is looking ahead to the future this year with a theme of “Deep Space Pride: A Future World of Equality”.


4. Pride Amsterdam


No standard Pride parade here – Pride Amsterdam hosts its parade on its infamous canals. If dry land is more your style, you’ll also find street parties, theatre performances and art exhibitions abound.


5. PRIDE Barcelona


Focused on family-friendly fun, PRIDE Barcelona offers entertainment, activities and culture for attendees. The event boasts a parade along the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, delicious food and great music – all against the stunning backdrop of the sea.


No matter where and how you’re celebrating, we wish you a very happy Pride.

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