So, you’re looking for the biggest and best LGBTQ+ pride events in the country? Look no further than some of your very own cities. These events are out of this world and over the top. Parades, concerts, amazing food, speakers, fabulous grand marshals, and so much more—these eight pride events have everything you need.
Must-see Pride Events
1. New York City PrideFest
When? June 23 to 28, 2015
New York City’s PrideFest is one of the biggest LGBTQ+ celebrations in the country. They have countless vendors and tons of fantastic performers. And guess what? It’s completely free!
2. San Francisco Pride
When? June 27 to 28, 2015
San Francisco Pride is one big party. This year’s performers include Kat Robichaud, Siya, Mike Munich and many other talented people. This is a two-day event full of speakers, performers, and parties. All they ask in return is a donation that goes to support more than 40 local non-profits.
3. Los Angeles Pride
When? June 12 to 14, 2015
LA Pride is going to be absolutely amazing this year (but isn’t it amazing every year?)! Not only will there be performances by Ke$ha and Fifth Harmony, there will also be tons of other celebrating. Don’t forget to buy your tickets online to beat the crowds!
4. Chicago Pride
When? June 20 to 28, 2015
The Veronicas, the Pussycat Dolls and drag shows; what more could you want? Chicago Pride has it all! Check out their website are some great tips for Pride attendees. So grab your friends and head to the windy city for a fantastic two-day extravaganza!
5. Pride Portland
When? June 12 to 21, 2015
Portland does it big with 10 whole days of Pride! There’ll be parties, prom, yoga, rooftop films, dancing and so much more you don’t want to miss out on. There is no better time to visit Portland!
6. New Orleans Pride
When? June 19 to 21, 2015
It’s no secret that New Orleans does everything big—including Pride. If you want an out-of-this-world celebration, then New Orleans is the place for you. Between dance parties, Pridefest and—of course—the parade, you won’t have a minute of downtime.
7. Austin Pride
When? August 22 to 30, 2015
Inflatables, DJs, photo booths, face painting, drinks… There is something for everyone at Austin’s Pride—including you! So bring your whole crew and enjoy Austin Pride. The headliners have not been announced yet, but keep a look out on their website because they are sure to be amazing!
8. Seattle Pride
When? June 28, 2015
Seattle Pride goes all out—they even have a Pride Guide specifically for their event! The theme this year is “A Lifetime of Pride” to celebrate everyone in the LGBTQ+ community. The event will feature a parade, a brunch, comedy shows, and a picnic! This is a truly unique experience that you can’t miss out on.
How should you celebrate?
Now that you know the big events you need to check out, you are probably wondering how you should host your own celebration—which you should definitely do, whether you can make it to one of these events or not! Check out this list of ways to show off your pride:
- Make some rainbow foods
- Don’t forget the refreshments
- Set up a photo booth with this cool backdrop
- Try some of these super easy DIY decorations
- Make your own adorable party favors
There are some amazing Pride festivals all around the country, but don’t worry if you can’t make it to a big city this year! You can always put together your very own celebration without ever leaving home.