To recognise the impact the LGBT community have had in the world and commemorate the Stonewall riots that took place in June 1969, the month of June was chosen to celebrate Pride. Crowds of people come together to celebrate with marches, festivals and events, with nearly every city around the world taking part in these festivities. Whether it’s your first pride or your tenth, we’ve selected a few of our favourites and put together a guide to experiencing the best events across the globe.

Take a look, grab your glitter and have a happy pride…

NYC Pride, New York City

There are over 50 free and paid events that take place during Pride month in New York including brunch events, rooftop parties, movie nights and a week-long Human Rights conference. One of the biggest in the world is the annual New York City LGBT Pride March that starts at Fifth Avenue and ends at Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan with over 100 floats also going down the route. Since the first event in 1970, it has since become an official civil rights demonstration drawing huge crowds of locals, tourists, activists and politicians coming together to promote acceptance and create change.

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Pride Festival, London

Attracting over a million visitors each year, Pride is one of the highlights of summer in London. The month-long celebration is marked with a Pride festival that starts in the second week of June and lasts until the first weekend in July. The festival is made up of an assortment of celebratory events including club nights, themed workouts at gyms and networking evenings that take place throughout the month. Wherever you go in London during June, you’re bound to find a nod to the festival, even if it’s just in the form of a cleverly named cocktail. The last Saturday of Pride sees Trafalgar Square transform into a stage for theatre performances, local showcases and celebrity guests with the march itself taking place in Portland Place from midday.

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Capital Pride, Washington DC

A block party, parade and festival all in one, Capital Pride in Washington DC is one of the best LGBT events. Walk down the historic streets of Pennsylvania Avenue with your rainbows and signs and then take part in a full day of celebrations, entertainment and educational events. There are three stages at Capital Pride each showcasing local and international talent, a wide variety of food trucks for when you get peckish and lots of exciting extras to make the festival even more special. Best of all, it’s completely free to attend Capital Pride and all the celebrations are family-friendly.

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Gay Pride, Paris

Marche des Fiertés LGBT (also known as Gay Pride) is an event that is held every year to celebrate the LGBT community and diversity in Paris. The parade starts at Tour Montparnasse and ends at Place de la Bastille. Visitors can expect a colourful street party that feels more like a carnival than a festival. Known as one of the liveliest Pride parades around the world, the event still makes a point of focusing on the political and social issues being faced by the LGBT community every year. Look out for the mesmerising drag floats and make sure you dress to impress, the Parisians are big on flamboyant costumes.

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Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney

Sydney doesn’t celebrate Pride just once in June like the rest of the world, but as their seasons run the opposite way to the rest of the cities in this list both their celebrations are just as recognised. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is an annual festival and parade that takes place during February and March. There is a schedule of fashion, cultural, sporting and theatrical events everyone can get involved in, so whatever your interest, you’re bound to find an activity that suits. Over the last 40 years Pride month in June has been celebrated with a themed festival that features film, art, trivia, sport and fundraising activities. If you’re looking to celebrate the LGBT community for more than a month, Sydney may just be the place for you.

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Most Pride events last for many hours and can easily fill an entire day, so if you’re planning on travelling around the world to experience Pride we suggest allocating enough time to do so. If you’re only in a city for a few days or are looking for a top-notch way to see all the sights, we recommend booking a seat on one of our Big Bus Tours. With several routes to choose from and the option to hop off and explore, it’s the best way to familiarise yourself with a new place.