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Top 5 Destinations to Celebrate Pride Month

Pride is celebrated across the world throughout the year, but June is the official Month of Pride, and with it comes a flood of festivities. From street parties and colourful festivals to activations and mighty marches, Pride Month celebrations are an incredible opportunity to come together to support the power of love in all its forms. Here are five fabulous destinations to join in the festivities:

 

Bangkok

Bangkok is a bold, brilliant, and endlessly exciting city, and one of Asia’s most popular destinations for LGBTQ+ travellers. Known as one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the continent after Tel Aviv, Bangkok’s queer scene is engrained in the city’s culture.

Experience Bangkok’s iconic nightlife in Silom, where this financial centre by day, comes to life in a new way at night. Known for its famous ladyboy cabarets, unusual shows, and go-go clubs, as well as a diverse array of LGBTQ+ night clubs, Silom is a sensational place.

Bangkok is colourful every night of the year!

Silom Soi 4 is Bangkok’s most bustling gay night street, where bars like The Balcony Pub offer fantastic happy hour deals and a relaxed and open environment.

Enjoy cheap beers and tasty Thai food on a table outside, or head inside for one of the karaoke or drag shows. Though, if drag is your style, The Stranger Bar has some of the best acts in town.

Join the Pride Parade in June, where colourful communities come together and march for equal rights. Whilst the protest is political and important, the participants bring a brighter energy to the day.

When Pride partying leaves you hungry, Bangkok is a city to feast upon. Known for its incredible street food, the best way to enjoy Bangkok’s food scene is to try the street stalls, many of whom have been awarded Michelin stars. Try the crab omelettes at Raan Ja Fai or top tier tom yum at Jeh O Chula.

Book your stay at Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan a fantastic and LGBTQ+ friendly hotel, that boasts glamourous interiors and luxurious comfort.

 

Brighton

Brighton is the home of Brighton and Hove Pride Festival, firmly established as the most popular Pride festival in the UK. With its coastal location, friendly community and rich culture, Brighton is the perfect destination to celebrate.

The cultural event transforms Brighton for the weekend into a technicolour town of street parties, loudspeakers, costumes, and floats, as well as several art and film installations.

Headliners this year include the likes of Paloma Faith and Christina Aguilera, demonstrating just how big this festival is.  Join Saturday’s Pride Parade and march in support of the Pride movement and your fellow community members and allies. Then head to the Pride Village Party in Kemptown, where you’ll find bars and venues showing cabaret, drag, DJs and live music performances.

brighton pride month celebration

Shine bright in Brighton!

Though the festival usually takes place in the first week of August, Brighton is a wonderful LGBTQ+ destination year-round, and with summer sun on its way, June is a great time to visit.

Enjoy ice creams and arcade games on Brighton Palace Pier or browse independent shops in The Lanes. Take an LGBTQ+ Walking Tour to discover Brighton’s queer landmarks.

Have lunch on Brighton’s seafront at Shelter Hall and choose from six kitchens serving everything from champagne and oysters to tacos. Book a cosy dinner at Burnt Orange where warm interiors match delicious dishes.

After dinner head out to a queer party at CHALK or dance the night away at Club Revenge.

Stay at The Grand Brighton for seaside views, luxury rooms and an unbeatable location.

 

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Mexico City

Mexico City is a magnificent destination, bursting with colour and energy all year round. During Pride Month, this technicolour town takes it up a level with an array of celebrations across the city.

As the first federal district in Mexico to legalise gay marriage, Mexico City is a pioneer in supporting LGBTQ+ rights in Latin America.

Join the Pride Parade on 25th June this year and celebrate with more than one million participants who come together in a collision of colour to celebrate Mexico City Pride.

Beginning at 10 am at El Ángel de la Independencia, march through the streets towards Zocalo, Mexico City’s main square.

A sky of colour in Mexico City!

As the parade ends, the parties begin. The famous, Latin America Pride is one of the biggest circuit events taking place during the June weekend and is produced by the creators of Sunland festival in Puerto Vallarta.

Head out to BearMex for some of the wildest LGBTQ+ parties in the city. Dance the night away in La Botica and choose from over 50 mezcal cocktails on their drinks list.

Fuel your festival energy with lunch at Comedor Lucerna Food Hall and try everything from tacos to ceviche. Dinner at Hacienda de Los Morales is a must for fabulous food and live music.

Stay at the Hotel Marquis Reforma and enjoy castle-like décor and sophisticated suites alongside an enormous spa.

 

 Madrid

Spain’s capital, Madrid, is a captivating and exciting city where traditional history and modern development come together in harmony. Madrid Pride is a weeklong celebration of events, concerts, conferences, and cultural installations which take over the city and culminate in the final event of the Pride Parade.

During Pride Week, which this year will be held in the first week of July, there are a number of dedicated cultural festivals taking place across the city.

Madrid is a proud city!

Muestrat, Cultural Pride incorporates theatre, film, literature, and fine arts, whilst La Culta is FELGTB’s (Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales) Social Art Festival.

The Parade is the climax of the week. Starting at Atocha Station and ending in Plaza de Colón. Walkthrough the centre of Madrid alongside fabulous floats, and thousands of participants.

Continue the celebrations at Pub Gris, one of Madrid’s most popular gay bars, and enjoy fabulous music and atmosphere. Catch a drag show at LL Bar or enjoy an evening of style and glamour at Studio 54 Madrid.

Enjoy lunch at El Cisne Azul for traditional Spanish small bites, and a focus on wild mushrooms. Book dinner at Roostique for a Spanish barbeque full of flavour and an excellent wine list.

Book a room at the Axel Hotel Madrid, where conscious design, an LGBTQ accessories line, rooftop pool, and funky basement bar make for a fantastic stay.

 

San Francisco

Rainbow-hued and raucous, the San Francisco Pride Parade & Celebration is the late June extravaganza celebrating all things LGBTQ+. The coastal city of San Francisco is one of America’s coolest cities, and its Pride celebrations live up to the hype.

There are many events which take place across the city over the month of June, which all lead up to the final weekend of the Pride Festival and Parade. Head to the heart of the festival at the steps of City Hall in Civic Center Plaza. Here the main stage plays host to a range of acts over the weekend from inspirational speakers to live music, comedy, and cabaret.

The Parade, which takes place on Sunday is the focal point of the Pride celebrations, where elaborate costumes and exhilarating energy demonstrate the true pride of San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ community.

If the plethora of Pride festivities don’t wear you down, head out to Beaux for happy hour deals, and a happening crowd. For something sophisticated, enjoy cocktails at The Lookout on the open-air wrap around balcony.

Wave your flag in San Francisco!

Dine at Farmhouse Kitchen for tasty Thai Food and flamboyant interiors or Shakewell for a feast of tapas and Mediterranean dishes.

Stay at St Regis San Francisco and enjoy elegant rooms and sweeping views in a prime location near the SoMa District.

Whether you are part of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, each of these destinations offer vibrant, important, and exciting celebrations that are sure to leave you feeling full of colour. Wherever you travel this Pride Month, do it loud and proud.

 

Love,

Isabella

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