Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to commemorate Manhattan’s Stonewall Uprising in 1969. Since then, cities with the largest LGBTQ+ communities have honored the ongoing movement by launching events across the United States.
The magnitude of these events varies based on the city and state. However, they all share one common goal: to acknowledge the fearless pioneers who fought for gay rights throughout history and celebrate unapologetically with others.
Here’s a list of cities taking part in Pride activities this month.
Philadelphia has an extensive history of preserving gay rights in the city and the U.S. A protest was held on April 25, 1965, four years before the Stonewall riots in New York. The local coffee shop Dewey’s had denied service to more than 150 patrons who identified as “homosexuals” and those who did not conform to societal standards by wearing gender-neutral clothing. After several days of picketing the establishment, Dewey’s agreed to alter its discriminative policy.
For decades, members of the LGBTQ+ communities in Philadelphia have used different dates to honor the historical markings while shedding light on the lack of protections gay people have in the United States. The city’s first gay pride parade was held in Rittenhouse Square on June 11, 1972, per the website.
This year’s celebration was renamed the 365 Festival to promote pride year ’round. The Philly Voice reported the festival will be held throughout June, with different activities across Center City.
2. New York
Gay Pride in New York is considered one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the city. The nearly two-week stretch is filled with parties, events and conferences to honor those in the LGBTQ+ communities, misterb&b reported. Though you don’t have to be gay to participate in the activities, what better way to close Pride Month in NYC than the annual Pride parade along 5th Avenue?
The first pride parade in New York was held one month after the Stonewall riots. Today, community organizers have upheld the tradition by holding various events throughout the city. This year’s attractions will be held on June 25 at noon. The parade will start on 26th Street & 5th Ave and end on 16th Street & 7th Ave.
Chicago is one of the largest cities in the country with a history of gay pride events. In the 1970s and 1980s, organizers launched “Pride Week” as a week-long stretch with celebratory activities across the city. Now, with Pride Month, attendees can enjoy a month-long worth of events throughout different parts of Chicago.
The city’s pride parade has several other names, including Chicago Gay Pride Parade or PRIDE Chicago, with more than 100,000+ people in attendance. Usually, the colorful celebration is held on the last Sunday of June. This year’s parade will be held on June 25 at noon, along Broadway/Montrose and Lincoln Park.
The first gay pride parade in Dallas was in 1972 when a sizable group of men and women celebrated life, love and liberation across different parts of the city. Now, it’s considered one of the largest celebrations in central Texas. In addition to Gay Pride, Dallas is also known for Black Pride, Latino Pride and QueerBomb Dallas Pride rally, according to misterb&b.
The parade will be held on June 4 at noon, starting at Coliseum and ending at the Hall of State.
Houston is another large city with various activities to commemorate the month-long celebration. Despite the state’s pushback on LGBTQ+ rights, more than 700,000 people have attended Gay Pride Houston each year, marking the city as one of the best places for festivities. This year’s parade will be held downtown on June 25 at Houston City Hall.
6. Los Angeles
In the last 40 years, the LA Pride parade and festival have been one of the biggest celebrations of the LGBTQ+ community. The city held its first parade in 1970 and the festival in 1974. Now, thousands of attendees flood the streets of Los Angeles to celebrate with food, music and other activities the city has for the month-long attraction.
This year’s parade will be held on June 12 at 11 a.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.
7. New Orleans
New Orleans Gay Pride is another popular event that attracts thousands of people across the city. The first parade was held in 1970 after a group of protesters staged a gay celebration, per misterb&b. Years later, it turned into an annual event that starts at the beginning of June.
This year’s parade will be held on June 10 at 6 p.m., starting at Phoenix Bar and ending at Cafe Lafitte.
8. District of Columbia
The first gay pride parade in the District of Columbia was in 1972. Since then, the annual event’s name has changed several times before settling on Capital Pride in 2000. Now, the festivities are held in different parts of the city for adult and youth members in the LGBTQ+ community.
This year’s parade will be held on June 10 at 3 p.m. along the city’s Logan and Dupont Circles neighborhoods.
Baltimore’s first pride parade was in 1975, when activists came together and staged a peaceful demonstration. After gaining much success, organizers decided to expand with an annual event. As a result, people can enjoy Pride events during June and the city’s Pride parade.
This year’s parade will be held on June 24 at 1 p.m., starting at North Charles and 33rd Street and ending between North Charles and 23rd Street.
Denver’s pride parade is usually every third weekend in June, according to misterba&b. The first parade in the Mile High City was in 1976. Each year since, the events expanded with thousands in attendance to honor the Colorado LGBTQ+ community.
According to reports, this year’s parade has no official theme, but the celebration will be held on June 25 at 9:30 a.m., starting at Cheesman Park and ending at Civic Center Park.
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