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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!