Mexico City Pride - Marcha del Orgullo LGBT

How to enjoy Pride festivities in Mexico City

The Mexico City Gay Pride March leaves from the Angel of Independence column in Zona Rosa. photo by Andrew Collins

Well over a million people come out in support of Mexico City Pride (known in Mexico as Marcha del Orgullo Lésbico, Gay, Bisexual, Transgénero, Travesti, Transexual e intersexual), which takes place over several days in late June.

Mexico's high-altitude capital city has a huge and active LGBT population, although generally, the scene is a bit more discreet than in other major North American cities.

The increasingly popular Mexico City Pride, however, is helping to heighten the LGBT community's visibility, and the city's top gay nightlife district, Zona Rosa, is both centrally located, quite safe, and highly popular with people from all walks of life, making it an increasingly vibrant place for bar-hopping and socializing.

Have a look at the Mexico City Gay Guide for more ideas on what to see and do in this dynamic city.

Mexico City Pride Parade

Mexico City Pride's main event, the Pride Parade and Festival, follows a route along Paseo de la Reforma in Zona Rosa. The march, founded in 1978, leaves from the soaring El Ángel de la Independencia, the "Angel of Independence" victory column in Zona Rosa and extends to the city's iconic Zocalo.

The event takes place one week after Guadalajara Gay Pride, which is held in Mexico's second-largest city.

Mexico City LGBT Resources

You may find that gay bars, hotels, pubs, and restaurants will also be holding events and offering special promotions during Mexico City's Gay Pride.

Check out useful gay Mexico City online resources, such as the Mexico City Gay Guide at GayMexicoMap.com, and LGBT tour operator Mex Gay Vacations Gay Guide to Mexico City. Also take a look at the excellent travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Tourism Secretary of Mexico City - there's a special link to LGBT Tourism in Mexico City.