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Is gay pride month celebrated in other countries? Where are some of the biggest events?

Pride is celebrated around the world and the biggest celebrations are not just restricted to those in the US.

Update:
Attendees during the NYC Pride March in New York.
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Pride month will soon be coming to the end with two of the largest events in the US taking place the last weekend of June happening in New York and San Francisco. The events this year have been big; it has been three years since people have been able to properly experience pride due to the covid-19 pandemic.

While the events in the US may be the most well known to Americans, there are plenty of other places in the world which host huge parties for pride. Check out some of the biggest here.

São Paolo

The Brazilian city only hosted its first pride back in 1997, but can now boast more than 3 million participants every year, making it the largets pride event in the world.

Claudia Garcia said of the event, “After two years without in-person editions, it is an immense pleasure to return to the streets and reinforce to the public its responsibility to support representatives who are committed to a more just and egalitarian Brazil.” This is particularly poignant in terms of the governance of Brazil at the moment, in which President Jair Bolsonaro has made it clear his dislike for the LGBTQ+ community.

Madrid

Madrid, city of this esteemed publication, hosts the largest pride celebration in Europe. The first pride celebration in the city was hosted in 1978, three years after the end of the Francisco Franco dictatorship. In 2019, nealy 2 million people were present at the pride march. One of Madrid’s barrio (district), Chueca, is the centre of the gay community in the city and the metro stop in the area is decked out with LGBTQ+ art.

Berlin

The Berlin event is hosted annually and coincides with the Stonewall riots anniversary in the US. The German city is well known for its liberal social attitudes, which is evident in the number of alternative nightclubs in the city.

Techno music is the most popular nightclub scene in Berlin, a genre which has deep-rooted links to the LGBTQ+ community.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam pride is typically later than other pride events, taking place during the first week of August. This is because the event did not begin as a protest march for LGBTQ+ rights in the Netherlands and moreso as a celebration. The Netherlands is well known for its social acceptance of the community and was the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage.

Taiping

The largest city on the island of Taiwan, hosts the largest pride event in Asia. It was the first Asian state to legalize gay marriage in 2019. The event will take place on the last Saturday of October.

Currently, the island has a mandatory week-long quarantine for foreign visitors because of the covid-19 pandemic, potentially making it difficult for tourists to visit in 2022.

Sydney

Sydney pride is the earliest hosted event on this list, last taking place on March 5 2022. The main attraction is the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade in which multiple floats make their way up a 1.1 mile route.

The post parade event is typically a music event. In 2020, British singer Dua Lipa made an appearance.

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