From Tel Aviv to Key West, LGBT celebrations and events are proudly being held all over the world in honor of Pride Month. No need to worry, there is still time to plan a last minute getaway for events coming up this month…
1. Tel Aviv Pride
Date: June 8
Where To Stay: NYX Tel Aviv
One of the hottest Pride events to attend, the Mediterranean gay hotspot will bring together tens of thousands of people from across the world for its 21st annual Pride Parade. The Tel Aviv Pride Parade kicks off in Me’ir Park with music, drag shows and speeches on June 8. The parade is unlike many others, as the public can join in and out of the celebration march as they please. The route takes marchers to Charles Clore beach, where the famous beach party will be held from 3pm until the sun goes down. Make sure to check out the after parties happening the rest of the weekend.
2. Key West Pride
Date: June 9-10
Where To Stay: The Reach Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
The southernmost city in the continental United States has historically been a festive and safe escape for the queer community. Party this weekend on the tropical island with Key West locals and visitors at several queer guesthouses and bars – among them there’s the LGBT-owned Bourbon Street Pub, both an all-male guesthouse and a bar. Key events include the Fifth Annual Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, the world’s largest LGBT bartending competition that brings together inventive LGBTQA bartenders from across North America to compete to win $20,000 for their chosen charity (events held throughout the week with the finale on June 9), the Key West Pride Street Fair on June 9, and the Key West Pride Parade on June 10.
3. Rhode Island Pride
Date: June 16
Where To Stay: The Dean Hotel
A growing LGBT destination for visitors to explore, Rhode Island Pride is a fabulous time of the year to explore RI’s capital city. Providence’s 43rd Annual PrideFest starts with the festival on South Water Street from Noon to 7:00pm with over 150 vendors and live entertainment. A unique pride parade since it takes place after dark – the Illuminated Night parade will kick off at 8:15pm in Downtown Providence. Make sure to check out some of the favorite gay bars while in town such as Dark Lady, The Alleycat, and The Stable – all near the Washington and Snow Street intersection.
4. Toronto Pride
Date: June 22-24
Where To Stay: Le Germain Hotel Toronto Maple Leaf Square
Pride Toronto has grown over the past 38 years, and it now has an estimated attendance of over 1 million people planning to attend this year. The opening weekend festivities include Brandy performing in the middle of Yonge-Dundas Square and the aquatic ‘A Night at the AQUEERium’ party (taking place at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada) on June 22. The weekend will include a Family Pride program, a Trans Pride, the Dyke March, countless parties, and of course, the Pride Parade on June 24. The parade will start at 2pm on the corner of Bloor and Church Streets, and then make its way down Yonge Street to the Dundas Square stage where Kehlani will perform during the close out festivities.
5. New York Pride
Date: June 24
Where To Stay: The Maritime Hotel
Home to the spark that caused the call for LGBT visibility and demand for equality, New York Pride is one everyone should experience at least once in their life. Changing things up this year, the march will have a new path. Now beginning in the West Village, the route will make its way uptown along Fifth Ave and end in the Flatiron District. Other events going in New York this Pride include a youth Pride event on June 23 and Pride Island all weekend, which will be headlined by Tove Lo on June 23 and Kylie Minogue on June 24.