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Europe’s Best Gay Pride Festivals

Europe’s Best Gay Pride Festivals
October 09
07:00 2015


With more and more countries recognizing LGBT rights, Europe has been waving more and more rainbow flags. From the UK to mainland Europe, these are some of Europe’s biggest and best gay pride festivals.

Over 130 different groups participated in this year’s Manchester Pride parade, making it the UK’s largest. Taking place over a bank holiday weekend, the festival includes the closing down of Canal Street (Manchester’s gaybourhood) for three days of musical performances, special club nights, street food and other special events. The Manchester Pride festival focuses heavily on donating to charity and includes an annual Candelight Vigil to remember those lost to HIV.


With events taking place over the course of a week, Prague Pride includes not just concerts, art shows and other typical festival experiences, but it’s also very political. Seminars, research groups and organizations use the week of Pride to meet and discuss both global and regional issues. The festival culminates with a pride parade through the city centre and a festival in Letna Park. Over 35,000 people participated in this year’s festivities.

Amsterdam’s annual pride is unique in the fact that their parade takes place on the canals, rather than the streets. With 80 boats participating in the canal boat parade, the city comes alive with spectators throughout the city. Drag Olympics, memorials and parties take place in the days leading up to the canal parade, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting Amsterdam over the weekend.


With hundreds of thousands of gay tourists flocking to Berlin during pride, the city puts on a series of great parties. The Lesbisch Schwules Stadtfest always takes place the weekend before the pride parade, serving as a neighbourhood street party with local organizations, DJs and street vendors celebrating LGBT pride. The week of festivities ends with the Pride Parade through the city and culminating in the Tiergarten park with thousands dancing to the many performers and DJs. It’s Berlin’s biggest gay weekend.

Scandinavia’s largest pride festival, Stockholm Pride, includes a family-friendly pride parade through the city centre, a Pride House for lectures, seminars and information sessions, plus a Pride Park with plenty of activities for every kind of LGBT individual. While Stockholm’s gay scene might not be centred around a particular neighbourhood, the entire city fills up with supporters and rainbow flags can be found everywhere (even on the public buses).


More photos from these LGBT pride festivals on Adam’s travel blog.

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Travels of Adam

Travels of Adam

In 2010 Adam quit his job as a graphic designer in Boston and traveled around the world for a year. Since 2012, Adam has been living in Europe and blogging about his travel adventures at Travels of Adam. Follow him on Twitter @travelsofadam for more travel stories and photos. Travels of Adam


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