Top 15 Gay Pride Events in the USA
The top 15 gay pride events in the USA attract hundreds of thousands of spectators each year.
The major gay parades and festivals highlighted in the many pages of Top Events USA include the NYC Pride March, recognised as one of the world’s best and most important Gay Pride celebrations, and the San Francisco Gay Pride event, also thought to be one of the world’s best.
Here is the Top Events USA selection of the main Gay events taking place in the USA.
Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade
early to mid April
Famous for a long and large festival celebrating pride and attracting over 100,000 people each year, the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade, one of the main Gay events taking place in the USA and a popular event now for over 5 years, showcases the amazing and hitherto unheralded beauty, strength, unity, talent, and creativity of the gay community in Miami.
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end May - early June
The fourth-largest gay pride event in the country, Capital Pride events and the Capital Pride Festival is a nine-day celebration of diversity, cultural achievement, civil rights issues and entertainment by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, families, and friends. Capital Pride celebrates the uniqueness of all who participate in the annual celebration.
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Boston Gay Pride
Famous as a large festival celebrating gay pride and attracting over 50,000 people each year, one of the top 15 Gay Pride events in the USA, an event that has lasted for more than 43 years – the Boston Gay Pride Parade entertains a host of revelers enjoying a whole banquet of fun from food to politics.
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NYC Pride March
Fifth Avenue – New York, New York
Culminating the week of Gay Pride, celebrating the freedom and rights of the gay community achieved since the Stonewall Riots of 1969 with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered events, New York City completes the week of celebrations with the famous NYC Pride March down Fifth Avenue with more than a million spectators lining the route. This event, one of the top 10 gay pride events in the USA is recognized as one of the world’s best Gay Pride celebrations.
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Recognized as one of the world’s best Gay Pride celebrations, and one of the Top 15 Gay Pride Events in the USA with over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the USA. Taking place where Harvey Milk once stood and addressed Pride-goers more than thirty years ago, the current San Francisco Gay Pride ceremonies are now said to be "one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage".
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Chicago Gay Pride Parade
One of the main gay oriented events of the year, the Chicago Gay Pride Parade attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and straight people, to revel in the fun of things a touch bawdy but principally joyful and harmless. An important part of the year for the gay community for more than 40 years, the Chicago Gay Pride Parade features more than 250 colorful floats, partakers in flamboyant and somewhat crazy costumes. The magic of the event is that although it has an important message promoting rights and acceptance, it is principally a fun event and everyone is welcome to attend.
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Houston Gay Pride
With what is considered to be one of the largest and most visible gay communities in the country, despite the fact that Texas is recognized as being very conservative, Houston offers a Gay Pride event that has been a success for over 35 years, and which continues to draw in more than 300,000 visitors and participants every year.
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St Petersburg, Florida
Attracting over 100,000 people each year, the main purpose of St PetePride is to promote unity, visibility, self-esteem and a positive image of and among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Tampa Bay and throughout the State of Florida by way of cultural and educational programs and activities.
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Hollywood – Los Angeles, California
A hugely popular event for over 30 years, attracting more than 20,000 attendees, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, OutFest, showcases hundreds of films and videos and features special film receptions, parties, discussion panels and family programs.
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San Diego Pride
San Diego, California
Formed over 40 years ago, the San Diego Pride is the fourth largest Pride in the USA with related Pride events serving well over 250,000 people over the three day celebration. It fosters pride in and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, locally, nationally, and globally.
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Key West – Florida Keys, Southeast Florida
A popular event for more than 20 years, Womenfest, known as the best and most southern “party for lesbians and their friends”, offers everything from clothing-optional pool parties and a lively dance club scene, to a golf tournament and women-only water excursions from jet ski activities to dolphin watching.
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Dallas Pride Parade
Dallas began holding a Gay Pride celebration in 1972 to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the basis for many Pride events. The formal name for the Dallas Gay Pride is Alan Ross Texas Freedom Pride Parade and Festival. Entertainment includes a wealth of gay entertainers and more.
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Out on Film Festival
One of the oldest LGBT film festivals in the country, Atlanta'sOut on Film is one of the most respected and most attended alternative film festivals in the Southeast and has been a successful and popular event for over 25years. Dedicated to supporting the exhibition of LGBT film and video art forms,the Out on Film Festival offers multi-racial and multi-cultural films, and over the years has been recognized locally, nationally, and globally for showcasing films by, for, and about the LGBT community.
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Piedmont Park - Midtown Atlanta, Georgia
The Southeast’s largest Pride Festival, and one of the city’s biggest annual events, Atlanta Pride attracts more than 300,000 participants from Atlanta, Georgia and the rest of the USA to see more than 170 contingents in the parade, and to take part in the Rally, the vendor areas in Piedmont Park, and various other events. The Atlanta Pride Festival is currently the largest event in the United State to coincide with National Coming Out Day.
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updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.