Gay Pride Parade 2009

People from all over the world get together to rally and hold parades, festivals and events to celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender life to commemorate the history of LGBT rights and  identity. In the UK, Birmingham and London gay pride events are very popular. Elsewere, Amsterdam, New York and Chicago Gay Pride are always eagerly awaited.

Symbols of LGBT prides include the rainbow flag, the Greek lambda symbol, and the pink as well as black triangles reclaimed from their past use. Most Gay Pride events happen around June to remember and remind of the Stonewall riots, which led to the establishment of the Gay Pride Movements worldwide.

You can get details of each of the Gay Pride events here on Gaypedia. We have handpicked a few of the popular Gay Pride Parades for you. If you are looking for the best gay pride parades, look no further.

1. New York City Gay Pride

Gay Prides and New York go back a long way. New York City is where it all began. Being the fountainhead of the modern gay rights movement, NYC also hosts one of the world's biggest and best gay pride events. It lasts for a week and activities begins with a rally and ends with a parade! It usually happens in the third week of June. Gay Pride 2009 New York is set to be a colorful event.

2. Amsterdam Gay Pride

Amsterdam has one of the biggest gay pride parties of the world. Partiers celebrate in the streets all weekend long culminating in the Gay Pride Canal Parade. Most gay pride parades take to the streets but not in Amsterdam. There are 100 decorated boats sail through the Prinsengracht river in perhaps the world’s only Gay Pride Canal Parade.

3. San Francisco Gay Pride

San Francisco is the gayest city of the United States and also of the world. It maintains its position by having one of the most eclectic and extravagant gay pride parades of the world. Visit the homo hip hop stage or drink in the ladies at The Nectar Women's Stage.

4. London Gay Pride

The Gay Pride London 2009 is going to be the biggest ever. Beat the recession blues and take your social life to new heights. London Gay Pride 2009 is the place to be this August.

5. Birmingham Gay Pride

The Gay Pride Birmingham 2009 is going to be the biggest ever. Birmigham's gay community brings out the red carpet and the entire gay district is out to party. 

6. Chicago Gay Pride

Chicago has been a beacon of hope and free will for a very long time in the US. The Chicago Gay Pride parade steps off from the corner of Halsted & Belmont. There's also a pride run and a big pride festival with speakers and performers.

7. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Sydney Austraila has one of the biggest pride celebrations in the world, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Unlike many places, where gay pride lasts a week or weekend, Sydney Mardi Gras lasts for 3-4 weeks. It happens each February. Plan for next year!

8. Toronto Gay Pride

Toronto is the most diverse city in the world. The Gay pride at Toronto reflects that. There is a street fair, youth pride, dyke march and family pride events – ensuring that there is something for everyone to look out for. There is also a free entertainment program.

9. Long Beach Pride California

Life does not get any better than at Long Beach California. The same holds true for the Gay Pride at Long Beach, California. Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival & Parade is the third largest in the US attracting over 75,000 participants. There is the traditional Californian charm in the air. With Hollywood being close by, there is no shortage of performances. This is one pride party not worth missing.

10. Cologne, Germany

Cologne has a lot to offer, cool city, lots of nightlife, gay friendly... but more importantly, it has a long tradition of CSD, dating back to 1992 and 1972. Over the years it has grown to one of the most important cities when it comes to Prides. Almost two weeks of well organized events and parades. The CSD itself usually has between 650,000 and 1,000,000 visitors.Don't miss it.... it is spectacular....

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Gay Prides 2009

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Gay Pride Location

Equality Forum

27 April to 3 May 2009 Philadelphia

EuroPride in ZURICH

2 May - 7 June 2009 Switzerland

Queer Up North

9-25 May 2009 Greater Manchester

Blackpool Gay Pride

16-17 May 2009 Blackpool U.K.

International Day Against Homophobia

Sunday 17 May 2009 IDAHO

Bear Pride

22-25 May 2009 London

Rugby Union Cup 2009

22-25 May 2009 London

Birmingham Gay Pride

23-24 May 2009 Birmingham

Cork Gay Pride

24 May - 1 June 2009 Cork

Oxford Pride – Festival

29 May - 7 June 2009 Oxford

Bradford Pride

Saturday 30 May 2009 Bradford

Oxford Pride - Parade

Saturday 6 June 2009 Oxford

Scottish Borders LGBT Pride Barbeque

Saturday 6 June 2009 London

Crusaid Walk for Life

Sunday 7 June 2009 London

National Gay Pride Italy

Saturday 13 June 2009 Italy – Genoa

Pride Scotia

Saturday 27 June 2009 – tbc Edinburgh

Dublin Gay Pride

18-28 June 2009 Ireland

Sheffield Pride

Saturday 20 June 2009 Sheffield

Pride London Festival

20 June - 6 July 2009 London

Swansea Pride

Saturday 27 June 2009 Swansea

Outburst UK - Black LGBT Pride Festival

Saturday 27 June 2009 London

Pride London - Parade and rally

Saturday 4 July 2009 London

Derby Goes Pink

Saturday 4 July 2009 Derby

Bourne Free - Bournemouth

10-12 July 2009 Bournemouth UK

Sparkle - the national transgendered celebration

10-12 July 2009 Manchester UK

Torquay - Pride Torbay

16-19 July 2009 Torquay

Thanet Pride

Saturday 18 July 2009 London

Northern Pride - Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Saturday 18 July 2009 Europe

Belfast Gay Pride

25 July - 1 August 2009 Belfast

Brighton and Hove Gay Pride – Festival

25 July - 2 Aug 2009 Bournemouth

Nottingham Pride

Saturday 25 July 2009 Nottingham

Hull Pride

Saturday 25 July 2009 Hull

Huddersfield Pink Picnic

Sunday 26 July 2009 Huddersfield

Brighton and Hove Gay Pride - Parade and park party

Saturday 1 August 2009 Brighton UK

Leeds Pride

Sunday 2 August 2009 Leeds UK

Reykjavik Gay Pride

6-9 August 2009 Reykjavik Iceland

Cornwall Gay Pride

Saturday 8 August 2009 Truro

Gloucestershire Rainbow Day

Saturday 8 August 2009 Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, U.K.

Stoke Pride

Saturday 8 August 2009 Stoke-on-Trent UK

UK Black Pride

Saturday 15 August 2009 Chicago

Plymouth Gay Pride

Saturday 15 August 2009 Plymouth UK

Swindon Pride

Saturday 15 August 2009 Swindon UK

Doncaster Pride

Sunday 16 August 2009 Doncaster UK

Manchester Gay Pride – Festival

21 - 31 August 2009 Manchester

Galway Pride

Saturday 22 August 2009 Galway

Lincolnshire Pride

Saturday 22 August 2009 Lincolnshire

Manchester Gay Pride – Parade

Saturday 29 August 2009 Manchester

Cardiff-Wales L&G Mardi Gras

29-30 August 2009 Caerdydd

Leicester Pride

Saturday 5 September 2009 Leicester UK

Reading Gay Pride

Saturday 5 September 2009 Cardiff

Barnsley Gay Pride

Sunday 13 September 2009 Barnsley UK

Iris Prize - LGBT Film Festival

7-10 October 2009 Cardiff UK

Glasgay!

8 October - 8 November 2009 Glasgow

Homotopia

1-30 November 2009 Liverpool

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