Pride Around The World | 4 Parades You Should Know About

Hey, everyone! Today I’m going to talk about Pride… specifically, Pride parades around the world! Many countries celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride, albeit in different ways and at different times throughout the year. So I’ve made a list of four Pride parades I consider particularly noteworthy!

Enjoy!

nyc prideNew York City
USA

The oldest Pride

I’m not going to spend a huge amount of time talking about this particular Pride, since it’ll get an entire post of its own in just a few days… on its anniversary! BUT. I will tell you some of the basics! The first Pride ever started as a riot in front of the Stonewall Inn – which has since been designated a National Historic Landmark – on June 28th, 1969. The first Pride parade took place the following year, and was organized by a group of black bisexual transgender women. Nowadays, the parade goes down Fifth Avenue and ends at Greenwich Village, passing the Inn on its way. NYC Pride is considered the launching point of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

sao paulo prideSão Paulo
Brazil

The largest Pride

I CHOSE THIS PHOTO FOR A REASON OK. São Paulo boasts the world’s largest Pride parade, with an estimated five million participants. Um. Poor little introverted me is already quaking in her boots at the thought of THAT MANY people all in one place at one time! Wow. This is even more impressive once you realize that São Paulo’s Pride march has only been going on since 1997.

amsterdam prideAmsterdam
The Netherlands

The most unique Pride

Sooooo… I realize that “most unique” is a bit subjective, but just bear with me for a second! Where does Amsterdam host its Pride? If you guessed “in the canals” – which you SHOULD guess, seeing as how there’s a picture of it RIGHT UP THERE – then you’re absolutely right! Amsterdam’s Pride parade is held on boats and traverses the Prinsengracht. UGH I JUST THINK THIS IS SO COOL OMG WHAT A MARVELOUS WAY TO MAKE USE OF ONE OF THE CITY’S BEST FEATURES.

Uganda Gay PrideEntebbe
Uganda

The bravest Pride

Aaaaand I’ve saved the best for last! Why is this one so important to me? Because it reminds me not to take things for granted – we’ve worked hard to earn even a little bit of respect and legal protection, but it’s taken a long time. Uganda, on the other hand, is just starting out. This year Entebbe will host its fourth Pride parade! This is an incredibly brave – and incredibly important – thing to do in a country where it is literally ILLEGAL to be queer. I mean, their very first parade? It was held to protest the Ugandan Parliament’s attempt to pass a “Kill the Gays” bill. SO I HAVE A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF RESPECT FOR ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATES IN ENTEBBE’S PRIDE OMG.

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Now it’s YOUR turn to talk about awesome LGBTQ+ stuff: Which Pride parades are your favorites? (And do you know any weird/cool/funny facts about them? TELL ME.) Is there anything more I should know about the four parades I recapped here?  Ooh, and have you ever been to Pride?!

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About nevillegirl

Elizabeth, University of Iowa class of 2019. Double majoring in English & Creative Writing and Journalism. Twenty-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, and aspiring writer. Passionate about feminism and lesbian positivity.
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10 Responses to Pride Around The World | 4 Parades You Should Know About

  1. Pride in Amsterdam looks amazing!

    I’m actually going to my first Pride today, in Edinburgh, and I’m dead excited for it 😛 A little nervous too, as I don’t know what to expect, but I’m sure it will be grand 😀

  2. moosha23 says:

    Oh wow all of these look amazing! Kudos to the Uganda one though, wow that certainly was brave!

  3. brighton pride is the largest in the uk! i think that’s pretty important considering there aren’t as many pride events in the uk as i’d like. or support. or anything really lmao

    i think tokyo pride is really important, especially to queer people in japan. because they don’t really have much awareness there and i know it’s not always easy for lgbt+ people. idk. but it’s one i plan to go to when i move to japan (hopefully lmao)

    • nevillegirl says:

      Cool! I’ve heard that Brighton is the “San Francisco of the UK,” so that makes sense. 🙂

      Yeah, I was reading about Tokyo Pride and it sounded awesome!!

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