Also this year, the visit to Gay Pride Parades and CSD Events all over the world was at the top of our Gay Travel Bucket List. We are proud that we went hand in hand with our rainbow flag to a total of six Gay Pride parades in 2019. From Canada, the USA and Sweden to Amsterdam, we support the LGBTQ + community in their struggle for equality and acceptance and continue the LGBTQ+ history of the numerous lesbian, gay, trans and queer activists.
Top 6 Gay Pride Parades of 2019
Happy and proud back home: We were able to bring home numerous photos and video recordings, which we could then share with you on our blog and our social channels. Click through our list of the best CSD and Gay Pride Parades 2019 with numerous photos of sexy men, spectacular drag queens and a wonderfully colorful LGBTQ + community. Happy Gay Pride Parades 2020 from Karl and Daan from Couple of Men.
#1 Whistler Pride in Canada
It started again this year with a gay ski week in the far west of Canada. The Whistler Pride Festival in the Canadian province of British Columbia is one of the oldest and best gay ski weeks in the world. After our first participation last year, we were delighted to be invited again to the LGBTQ+ winter fun in 2019. The special highlight of this LGBTQ+ event for us is and remains the Gay Pride Parade on the ski slope of the Whistler-Blackcomb ski area with countless rainbow flags and the pride parade through the ski village. We will be back!
#2 LA Pride West Hollywood – USA
From the crisp, cold but lovely winter mood in Canada, we went to the sun of California in June. After a few wonderful days in Anaheim on the beach and in the new Star Wars Land in Disneyland Park, we went to Los Angeles and West Hollywood. For the first time, we took part in the colorful, peaceful, and super queer Los Angeles Pride in the West Hollywood district. Above all, the numerous drag queens, but also a very strongly represented queer and trans community, let our rainbow flag fly with pride in West Hollywood.
#3 Portland Pride in Oregon – USA
After a couple of wonderfully sunny days (yes, we both burned ourselves properly despite sunscreen), our 1-month trip through the USA continued. Next stop: Portland, Oregon. Lush green forests, snow-covered volcanoes and a lively queer community that we have rarely seen like that before. Bearded men and colorful drag queens give this particularly hip city in the United States a very special touch and welcoming atmosphere. The Portland Pride is particularly queer, LGBTQ+ welcoming and colorful.
#4 Chicago Pride in Illinois – USA
Our last destination on our Pride Month Trip 2019 led us to Chicago, Illinois. The US metropolis on Lake Michigan is known for the unique skyline with countless, very impressive skyscrapers. But also for the mood of some politicians described as windy. In any case, the LGBTQ+ community feels very comfortable in the third-largest city in the United States, as Chicago offers various LGBTQ+ summer events, gay neighborhoods and the huge and colorful Chicago Pride. You can find out more in our Gay City Tips Chicago for the gay man traveling in the USA.
#5 Gay Pride Malmö LGBTQ+ Festival – Sweden
From the North American continent, we went back to Europe and to southern Sweden, also known as Skåne. In the cozy city of Malmö, the LGBTQ+ community is still quiet at the moment. But that will change as early as 2021 when Malmö is organizing the World Pride 2021 together with the Danish capital city Copenhagen. After visiting the wonderfully informal and colorful Malmö Pride this year, we are sure that after the World Pride in New York 2019 the World Pride 2021 has found the right successors with the two partner cities Copenhagen and Malmö.
#6 Pride Amsterdam with KLM – Netherlands
Also this year we reserved the first weekend in August for the Pride in Amsterdam. The huge LGBTQ + Festival with the Pride Walk and the Pride boat parade on the Prinsengracht is simply one of our favorites. But for 2019 it was a very special pride for us because we were able to celebrate it together with the LGBTQ+ crew from the gay-friendly KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, our favorite airline. Just take a closer look at the official KLM Pride Video on our Instagram account!
Which Gay Pride Parades 2020 will you attend?
And of course, our gay pride travels will continue in 2021. We have several LGBTQ+ events and CSD parades on our schedule again, also in Germany, for example in Heidelberg, Dresden, and hopefully also Frankfurt. But also internationally, we want to and will wave the rainbow flag again. Did you know that there is Pride Month in the United States? All of June is dominated by the rainbow for pride month, which has also been supported by the government, at least by Obama. And there will be the first Pride of the Americas in Florida next April as well! In March we will publish the new and updated Spartacus Gay Travel Index again so that you can plan your vacation together with a Gay Pride Trip!
Karl & Daan.