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10 Of our Favorite Pride festivals from around the world

Why you should get travel insurance for Pride festivals.

Pride festivals are a vibrant celebration of love, diversity, and commitment to LGBTQ+ rights around the globe. These events are not only colorful and joyous, but also serve as significant cultural touchstones for the LGBTQ+ community, promoting acceptance and equality. At SafetyWing, they’re all about inclusivity and support, offering travel insurance that ensures safety and peace of mind for anyone attending Pride.  

By Ben Tavener from Curitiba, Brazil – São Paulo LGBT Pride Parade 2014

São Paulo Gay Pride – Brazil

Imagine millions of people dancing through the streets of São Paulo – that’s what you get with São Paulo Gay Pride, one of the largest Pride parades on the planet. With vibrant floats, music, and dance, this event is a powerful display of solidarity and celebration, showcasing Brazil’s commitment to LGBTQ+ rights and visibility.

By Victorgrigas

San Francisco Pride – USA

San Francisco Pride is legendary, with roots that run deep in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Starting in 1970, it has blossomed into a massive celebration with parades, music stages, and community-run booths. The festival’s cultural impact is profound, reflecting San Francisco’s legacy as a haven for LGBTQ+ activism.

By Emmenis – Flickr

Madrid Orgullo (MADO) – Spain

Madrid Orgullo, or MADO, is one of Europe’s most electrifying Pride festivals. Known for its energetic street parties, concerts, and the central parade, MADO turns Madrid into a welcoming space for LGBTQ+ visitors. Spain’s progressive stance on LGBTQ+ rights adds to the festival’s inclusive and celebratory vibe.

“Sea of Hearts” by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby – By Bren Barnes

Sydney Mardi Gras – Australia

Sydney Mardi Gras is a dazzling spectacle of LGBTQ+ pride featuring a grand parade, parties, and cultural events. Held annually, it attracts visitors from around the world. The festival’s extensive scope and vibrant activities highlight Australia’s acceptance and celebration of LGBTQ+ diversity.

Amsterdam Canal Parade (2019) – By Tadeáš Bednarz

Amsterdam Pride – Netherlands

Amsterdam Pride is famous for its unique canal parade, where decorated boats sail through the city’s historic waterways. This event highlights Amsterdam’s inclusive spirit and progressive attitudes toward LGBTQ+ rights, making it a must-visit for those seeking a distinctive Pride experience.

Photo taken by Helen Filatova,

Toronto Pride – Canada

Toronto Pride is one of North America’s largest and most politically significant Pride celebrations. The festival features a diverse array of events, including parades, concerts, and educational programs. Toronto Pride not only celebrates LGBTQ+ culture but also addresses important issues within the community.

By JNP2014

London Pride – United Kingdom

London Pride is a vibrant celebration set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most historic cities. The parade, along with associated events such as concerts and forums, highlights London’s pivotal role in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. The event is both a celebration and a reminder of the ongoing struggle for equality.

By JNP2014

Berlin Pride (CSD Berlin) – Germany

Berlin Pride, also known as Christopher Street Day (CSD), has deep political roots. It is both a festive celebration and a powerful demonstration for LGBTQ+ rights. The event features a parade, parties, and political rallies, reflecting Berlin’s progressive and activist spirit.

Bangkok Pride – Thailand

Bangkok Pride is a growing celebration that reflects Thailand’s increasing acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. The festival includes a parade, cultural performances, and parties, highlighting the vibrant and diverse nature of Bangkok’s LGBTQ+ scene.

Johannesburg Pride – South Africa

Johannesburg Pride is Africa’s oldest Pride festival, playing a crucial role in promoting LGBTQ+ rights on the continent. The event includes a parade and various social activities, emphasizing the importance of visibility and acceptance in a region still grappling with LGBTQ+ issues.

Why you should get  travel insurance for Pride festivals

If you’re traveling this summer to celebrate Pride, Safetywing is always there to help you ensure your bases are covered. Here’s why you should add Nomad Insurance to your packing list:

  • Rolled an ankle in your heels? Fainted from heat exhaustion? No worries. They offer comprehensive medical coverage for unexpected injuries or illness that may arise during your travels.
  • Travel with continuous coverage across 180+ countries so you can hop from festival to festival. 
  • Meals and accommodation if you have a travel delay over 12 hours because no one should show up to Pride hangry and tired.
  • Reimbursement for unexpected overnight stays if your flight is delayed or cancelled.
  • Secure your laptop or phone against theft with electronics theft add on

Attending Pride festivals worldwide is a joyful and meaningful experience.. As you plan your next Pride festival trip, prioritize safety and inclusivity by choosing SafetyWing as your trusted travel insurance provider. Embrace the spirit of Pride and travel with confidence, knowing you are supported every step of the way.

Vacationer Staff

Vacationer Magazine's writing staff works hard to bring you all the latest LGBTQ travel articles to help inspire and inform.

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