See what the world’s biggest cities have in store for gays, bisexuals, transvestites, and their ardent supporters during Pride Month.
With its wild and over-the-top canal parades and endless street parties, it’s no wonder why millions of spectators flock every year to Amsterdam to witness the town’s version of beautiful chaos.
Unlike the rest of the world, their festivities will begin from July 29 until August 6. For the main event, head over to the canals of Prinsengracht on July 5 at 2 p.m. to watch the Canal Parade. You’ll see hundreds of colorfully costumed members of the community riding 80 lavishly decorated floats as they glide through the canals. Prepare to be entertained by local DJs blasting out popular tunes.
Starting from August 4, make sure you’re staying or hanging around Dam Square to join in on the parties and witness the fun. Expect to find street parties such as the Prik Pride Street Party and Pride Zeedijk Street Party around the area.
Our hotel picks: Overseas visitors have plenty of well-appointed accommodations to choose from: Andaz Amsterdam, Prinsengracht (US$ 424 per night), W Amsterdam (US$ 468 per night), and Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam (US$ 756 per night).
Internationally known for its vibrant and lively LGBT communities in Soho, Vauxhall, and Shoreditch, London’s a great place to celebrate Pride Week. Just like every year, London has a lot of exciting things to look forward to in the month of love and equality.
For art lovers, head over to Tate Britain and learn more about the history of the community at the “Queer British Art 1861-1967” that will last until October 1. The first of its kind in the country, the exhibit marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality. Expect to find works from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, and Duncan Grant. On June 24, the day before the Pride March, Tate will host “Queer and Now,” a party to welcome the start of Pride Week. Get a manicure, learn how to dance the vogue, and watch rarely seen films from the archives of the British Film Institute. The event will start from 2 p.m. until late.
Cap off your visit by joining Pride in London Parade at 1 p.m. It will start at Oxford Circus, move to Regent Street then Piccadilly Circus. The parade will stop at Trafalgar Square, where you’ll have an amazing day filled with performances, food stalls, and inspirational talks. You can either end your march at the square, or continue on to Whitehall until around 4.30 p.m.