Whether you’re staying local or planning to combine some travel with your Pride celebrations, here’s some of the LGBTQ festivals that you might want to have on your radar.
The 2019 dates for Brighton Pride have been confirmed. Brighton’s Pride weekend will be held on 3–4 August 2019. The parade will be on Saturday 3 August, and will be followed by a festival party in Preston Park. The community and family day will be held in Preston Park on Sunday 4 August.
The main parade of Cologne Pride is scheduled for 7 July 2019, but there’s a lot of events and parties that are planned around the main events. Event promoter Thomas Fasshauer of the Sexy parties always brings the heat to Germany’s biggest Pride festival.
2–12 May 2019 are the dates for Maspalomas Pride on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. This is a pretty queer destination at any time of year, but during the Pride celebrations each May the influx of LGBTQ travellers reaches tsunami proportions.
Cape Town’s Pride festival will be taking place from 22 February to 3 March, with the Parade and Mardi Gras happening on the 2 March. The theme for Cape Town Pride 2019 is — I Am Me: No Excuses, No Regrets. About 10,000 people are expected to take part.
The 2019 dates haven’t been announced yet, but Asia’s biggest Pride festival usually takes place at the end of October.
Thailand’s largest LGBTQ Pride celebrations aren’t in the capital Bangkok, but on the island of Phuket. The resort destination of Patong, the centre for Phuket’s LGBTQ community, is transformed during Pride, with a huge range of events and parties to choose from. Last held in 2017, there was no Phuket Pride in 2018 however organisers have confirmed that they are planning a bigger and better event for 2019. It looks like the event will be held on 27–30 April, but worth double-checking this before booking anything. The white-sand beaches that ring the southern and western coasts of Phuket are postcard-perfect and Instagram-worthy. Each beach is different — from the upmarket resorts of Surin and Ao Bang Thao, to family-oriented Rawai, or the more lively Patong.
The Spanish beach-side resort town of Sitges holds its Pride celebrations in June of each year. In 2019, the festival will run from 1–10 June. Just a short distance from Barcelona, Sitges is a great combination of beaches, parties, and queer fun.
Manchester is one of the UK’s biggest Pride events, and it has been confirmed for the bank holiday weekend of 24–25 August in 2019. There are indications that Manchester’s 2019 celebrations will be taking a slightly different shape to previous years, although details are scarce at this stage.
One of Australia’s friendliest cities, Brisbane Pride is generally held at the end of September each year. 2019 dates haven’t yet been confirmed.
Curaçao is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, just off the coast of Venezuela. The island’s LGBTQ Pride celebrations are held in September each year. Dates for Pride in 2019 have not yet been set.
Without doubt, Sydney Mardi Gras is a fantastic time to be in one of Australia’s most beautiful and exciting cities. What began as a protest march has now flourished into a huge cultural festival, embraced by the city and attracting visitors from around the world. There’s a huge range of events and parties to take part in across the festival, and the main event is the enormous parade filled with marching groups and spectacular floats, cheered on by massive crowds. Mardi Gras in Sydney is one of the world’s biggest pride festivals and has become a firm fixture on the international stage, attracting more than 20,000 visitors to the city and injecting an estimated AUD$30m into the local economy. In 2019, the 41th anniversary of Sydney Mardi Gras, the parade and main party will be on Saturday 2 March. But this is more than just a single event — Mardi Gras is a month-long festival. There’s heaps of theatre, film, performance, cabaret, discussions, memorials, and parties. Most things will sell-out well in advance, so plan ahead and book your tickets.