The great things about pride is that everyone is welcome. Old or young, gay or straight, a pride celebration is a blast for everyone.
Some of the largest pride parades today are New York, San Francisco, Mexico City, Berlin, London, Madrid, Montreal, São Paulo, Toronto, Paris and Sydney. Getting to one of these pride’s is always a privilege.
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Need pride all year around? Don’t worry, cities such as Sydney, Cape Town and Buenos Aires hold pride in February or March.
Although party-oriented in most western cities, pride parades are still a reminder of how the LGBT community still needs to fight for equal rights. Most countries do not grant homosexuals equal rights.
In addition to the political significance, pride parades are currently an excuse to dress up in your favorite costume, fetish or even just to look sexy and show your pride. Most pride events are followed by plenty of other LGBT events in the hosting city.
Russia is in the LGBT spotlight this year. The country is one of the most hostile in the world to the LGBT community and is not only despised from the government but often from the general population. New laws such as banning “homosexual propaganda” continue to discriminate the community. There will even be a Russian and ex-Soviet float at NYC pride this year.
In Europe, pride parades are often called CSD (Christopher Street Day) in honor of the Stonewall riots held in Christopher Street on June 28, 1969. Prides in Germany, Austria and Switzerland often use this name.