Atlanta: “Pride Begins With You!” The 40th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival will take place October 9-10 this year at Piedmont Park. These dates will cause the event to be on the eve of National Coming Out Day, observed in the US on October 11. Please visit Atlantapride.org for more information.
Boston: Also will celebrate its 40th Pride this year. Boston is known more for tea parties than gay pride but that shouldn’t be the case! This early pioneer of gay marriage has a week long festival kicking off Friday June 4, with a flag raising at City Hall, the AIDS Walk on June 6, and a whole lot of fun before it ends on Sunday June 13. Please visit Bostonpride.org for more information.
Chicago: “One Heart, One World, One Pride” comes to Chicago during June. The Windy City celebrates Pride for one month with about 100 different events. The parade takes place on Sunday June 27th. Last year the Boystown event saw 500,000 attendees. There is also a 2-day festival that takes place before the parade. Please visit Chicagopridecalendar.org for more information.
Dallas: If you want to be a PrideHead, which some people are, the Dallas, TX event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 19. The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade is named after Alan Ross, an early LGBT pioneer in Dallas. He developed and hosted the first parade in 1972. Please visit Dallastavernguild.org for more information.
Los Angeles: “PRIDE 365: Power. Passion. Purpose.” Christopher Street West Proudly presents the 40th LA PRIDE celebration June 11 —13, 2010. Experience Pride at the West Coast’s most celebrated Pride Festival on June 12, from noon until midnight. The Festival reopens on Sunday, June 13, and remains open until 10:00 p.m. The Festival takes place on San Vicente Blvd., between Santa Monica Blvd. and Melrose Ave. Please visit LApride.org for more information.
Miami: The Miami Beach Gay Pride, Extraordinary Day Out, takes place on April 17, 2010. This is only the 2nd annual Gay Pride on Miami Beach. Last year’s inaugural parade saw 24,000 guests, friends, and well-wishers! Miami Beach Gay Pride is an extraordinary celebration that brings out the best in us all. Please visit Miamibeachgaypride.com for more information.
Montreal: For a little French flair head to the Montreal Pride Celebrations August 12 -15. Entertainment is promised on Place Emilie-Gamelin. A Community Festival is scheduled on the 14 and their extravagant parade starts at 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. Please visit Fiertemontrealpride.com for more information.
New York: “Heritage of Pride” is an amazing sight if you haven’t been up to see it! It starts on June 19 with a rally in famed Central Park. The March will take place on Fifth Avenue, beginning on 52nd Street at noon. There is Rapture on the River on the 26th for the girls, and the famed Pier Dance for the boys on the 27th. If you haven’t been I highly recommend it! Please visit NYCpride.org for more information.
Philadelphia: The City of Brotherly Love will host its annual Pride Festival on Sunday June 13, at Penn’s Landing. This is the 22nd anniversary of pride. The parade kicks off at noon in the Gayborhood, then proceeds to the festival site which empties out at 6. The revelers will head back to the Gayborhood for dancing and drinks. Please visit Phillypride.org for more information.
San Francisco: 2-day celebration Saturday 26/27 of June and 40th anniversary year. Focus on that, on the history for both the parade & celebration. The parade on Sunday, June 27kicks off at 10:30 Market and Beale Streets, and ends in the Celebration area at the Civic Center area. Around 1,000,000 people attend this ever-changing historic event. Please visit SFpride.org for more information.
Toronto: “You Belong,” marks the 30th Annual Gay Pride Toronto. The event lasts 10 days, from June 25-July 4. Events include a flag raising, a youth pride, street fair, and the parade starting at 2:00 pm. Cyndi Lauper will perform on July 3 at Queen’s Park. (We will not call attention to the irony!) Please visit Pridetoronto.com for more information.