June 2019 Gay Pride Calendar

Equality is celebrated all over the country to mark Stonewall Riots

Gay Pride Parade-People marching with a large Flag, Reykjavik, Iceland
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In commemoration of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, June is officially LGBTQ Pride Month in the United States. This month is when the most Gay Pride celebrations, festivals, and marches take place in major LGBTQ destinations like New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Houston, Denver, and Chicago.

Boston Pride Parade
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East

PrideFest in New York City is marking its 26th anniversary in 2019, and its street fair exhibitors and vendors go all out to celebrate equality. But Boston has NYC beat in this department: 2019 marks its 49th year for a Pride festival. Not to be outdone, Washington hosts one of the biggest PrideFests in the country. Here is the breakdown for all the Pride festivals and celebrations on the East Coast:

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South

New Orleans prides itself on its tolerant and diverse reputation, and that's front and center for its annual Pride Festival. Key West's Pride has a similar vibe but in a tropical atmosphere. In Houston, the LGBTQ celebrations are a huge deal, with 700,000 people showing up to honor equality at its annual Pride Festival.

Midwest

In St. Louis, PrideFest has been going strong since 1980, and it's a big draw, with average attendance hovering around 300,000. Meanwhile, as the biggest city in the midwest, Chicago goes all out for its Pride parade and a festival, and 2019 is an especially big deal as the city marks its 50th anniversary of Pride. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul take Pride seriously, with more than a full week of events each June.

Denver gay pride festival
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West

Santa Fe is putting on a Closetball and having a pool party in addition to regular Pride Festival events in 2019, while Denver is all about great musical performances and a 5K run. In Montana, the Pride Festival rotates among cities, and in 2019 Helena gets the nod and is called Big Sky Pride.

Playboy bunnies at Los Angeles gay pride festival
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Pacific Coast

Los Angeles had its first Gay Pride festival the year after the Stonewall Riots, in 1970, and it takes place in LA's most gay-identified area, West Hollywood. Seattle puts on a big parade, and 2019 marks its 45th one. San Francisco's gay community, with a motto of "generations of strength," has a parade and celebration that befits its position on the national gay scene.

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