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Shanghai's Pride is still in its infancy, as is the LGBT movement in Asia. When it was first held in 2009, Pride was the first major gay rights event ever held on mainland China. For political reasons, there is still no parade, but participants can expect many other exciting events, like film and theater festivals, art and photo exhibitions, a Pink BBQ, and plenty of parties, including a fundraiser called -- and don't ask us why -- the "Naughty After School Party." The bulk of these events will take place in 2014 from June 12-22, although some will happen before and after, so be sure to check a schedule.
Oslo Pride, which began life with the name "Gay Days," has been around since 1982. Today, there is not only a march, but also a number of concerts, art exhibits, political debates and more, all of which aim to increase visibility and acceptance of the LGBT community. In 2014, Oslo will also be the host of EuroPride, a pan-European Pride event held in a different city each year.
New York's Pride Parade is, truly, the one that started it all. A year after the 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, LGBT activists walked 51 blocks to Central Park in the world's first ever Pride march. Over 40 years later, New York City is still at the heart of the gay rights movement, and the Pride events continue to grow in popularity every year. You can check out 2014's events June 27-29.
Berlin's Christopher Street Day celebrations, named for the location of New York City's Stonewall Inn whose raid stirred the gay rights movement into action, have been held since 1979 and are some of the biggest in Europe. Those in attendance can expect crazy costumes, crazier posters, and plenty of that good ol' German humor. This year's parade will take place on June 21.
The annual Tel Aviv Pride Parade, formerly known as the Tel Aviv Love Parade, culminates in a giant Mediterranean beach party. As the largest gay pride event in Asia, this celebration attracts over 100,000 people each year. While this number may pale in comparison to the millions that turn out in other global cities, rest assured -- Israelis have enough energy (and vocal strength) to compensate. Check out the 2014 festivities on June 13.
Pride Week Toronto is full of all-night dance parties, family and youth events, and a multitude of parades, including the Dyke March, the Trans* Pride March, and the Pride Parade. In 2014, Pride Toronto will host WorldPride, an annual global celebration held in a different city each year, from June 20-29.
One of Europe's longest-running LGBT events, London's Pride march has been bringing color to Britain's capital since 1972. In its modern iteration, Pride has a number of big name sponsors and oodles of other side events (in addition to the traditional parade). Depending on your taste, you can check out the London Gay Symphony Orchestra, the Pride Picnic in the Park, and even a screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This year's parade will take place on June 28, the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
The first Madrid Pride (or "Orgullo Madrid") took place at a time of exciting political change in 1979 after the death of the Spanish dictator and the arrival of democracy to the country. From these revolutionary origins, the Madrid event has become one of the biggest gay rights gatherings on the continent, attracting more than 1.5 million people each year. 2014's festivities will take place July 2-6.
Amsterdam Pride, which has taken place annually since 1996, distinguishes itself from other similar events by taking its parade to the water. Hundreds of thousands of people congregate around the city's canals on Saturday to watch the over-the-top boat floats party their way downstream. Check out 2014's event August 1-3.
With over 40 years of annual celebrations under its belt, San Francisco Pride, which includes both the iconic Sunday-morning parade and a number of other events throughout the weekend, has helped shape pride celebrations around the world. In fact, it was for the 1978 SF Pride that the rainbow flag was first used. Recent years have seen over a million people flock to the West Coast's most gay-friendly city to participate in the revelry. 2014's festivities will take place June 28-29.
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