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LGBTQ+ Pride events around the world in 2022 

Are you ready for another summer of love? 2022 is set to be a great year if you're an LGBTQ+ traveller. There are all sorts of fantastic parties set to take place around the world this summer - and beyond. With so many to choose from, we've put together a handy guide to this year's World Pride festivals and destinations. Here's our pick of the hottest, sexiest and most fabulous Pride events and gay-friendly festivals taking place this year. 

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London: 4th June - 2nd July 2022

One of the biggest and most diverse events around, Pride in London sees more than 100 events taking place across the capital throughout June and the first weekend in July, aiming to represent the full spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community. 
2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first Pride march, and this year’s Pride Parade (2nd July 2022) will follow the original route of 1972 - from Hyde Park Corner, through Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, ending up in Whitehall. 
The anniversary will also be recognised by a concert at the Royal Albert Hall at the start of June. Proud and Loud: Celebrating 50 Years Of Pride, featuring performances from Calum Scott and Hayley Kiyoko, will kick-off the Pride Festival month. Venues across the city will be hosting a broad range of events - from drag shows and comedy to live music and parties at the city’s most-loved LGBTQ+ bars and clubs. On the weekend of the parade, expect Soho and Vauxhall to be buzzing with revellers well into the early hours.

Barcelona: 8th - 26th June 2022

As one of Europe's favourite city break and beach destinations, and with popular LGBTQ+ resort Sitges just a short drive along the coast, Barcelona's annual Pride celebrations are guaranteed to bring the fun. 
More than 250,000 people are expected to attend Pride! BCN, or Orgullo Gay Barcelona. Over the festival weekend (23rd-26th June 2022) crowds join the Pride Parade through the city centre, enjoy art and cultural events or celebrate at beach parties and club nights from LGBTQ+ hotposts. The city's historic L'Eixample district is even affectionately renamed “Gaixample”. 
The beachside town of Sitges hosts its own celebrations earlier in the month (8th-12th June 2022) with boat parties, outdoor events and a parade. Later in September, Sitges gets a bit more fabulously furry, with the arrival of the International Sitges Bear Week (2nd - 11th September 2022) attracting more than 5,000 visitors. 
If you're looking to party, the Barcelona Circuit Festival is another key date for the diary. Taking place over two weekends in August (6th-14th August 2022), the festival features some of the best DJs and parties from the international gay clubbing scene.

New York: 25th - 26th June 2022

New York is arguably the birthplace of the Pride movement. The city's Christopher Street Liberation Movement sprung up in response to the 1969 Stonewall Riots, gradually turning into Pride as we know it today. 
NYC Pride hasn’t lost its political focus, with events aiming to inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. The importance of the event is reflected in the prestigious speakers at the city’s Pride March. 
Festivals, street fairs, rallies and parties are organised throughout June, in the lead up to the main parade on Sunday. One of the city’s other main events, Pride Island, provides a starry line-up of performers with Lizzo, Tove Lo, Kylie Minogue and RuPaul's Drag Race royalty Sasha Velour previously gracing the stage. Lil’ Kim headlines for 2022.

San Francisco: 25th - 26th June 2022

San Francisco Pride might be the world's most popular LGBTQ+ celebration. Now in its 52nd year, it’s also one of the most inclusive, with more than 200 groups taking part in the weekend’s events and SF locals and visitors alike encouraged to join in. 
Originally just a one-day parade, celebrations now span the last weekend in June with further events throughout Pride Month. The main festival takes place in Civic Center Plaza, hosting live music, cabaret and inspirational speakers. The plaza’s City Hall also marks the end of the Pride Parade on Sunday. San Fransisco's famous gay neighbourhood, the Castro District, is worth a visit with a party atmosphere guaranteed. 
Several other LGBTQ+ events take place in the city throughout the year. One of the most famous, and notorious (it's definitely an adults-only affair) is the Folsom Street Fair. The September event is a gathering for BDSM and leather enthusiasts, with around 400,000 people regularly attending.

Berlin: 28th June - 24th July 2022

Paying direct tribute to New York's place in gay history, Berlin Pride is known locally as Christopher Street Day (23rd July). It culminates in a parade to the city's famous Brandenburg Gate, and is attended by hundreds of thousands of people. 
While the parade is at the centre of the celebrations, Pride Month festivities in Berlin have now grown to take place over four weeks in June through July. Cultural and educational events will be happening all around the city. Join queer film screenings, art exhibitions, street parties and club nights to get a real taste of the local LGBTQ+ scene.

Madrid: 1st - 10th July 2022

Madrid's annual pride festival is one of the world's biggest. More than two million people regularly attend the celebrations, centred around the city's gay neighbourhood, Chueca. Madrid Orgullo, or MADO, runs throughout the city’s LGTB Pride Week with outdoor concerts and parties, culminating in the Pride Parade (9th July 2022), which takes over one of Madrid's main streets, the Paseo del Prado. 
The party isn't just limited to the summer though - Chueca's queer scene is lively throughout the year. One of the area's biggest celebrations outside of July is the bear community's annual winter party: Madbear. Taking place over the December bank holiday (5th - 11th December 2022) with a week-long calendar of events.

Belfast: 22nd - 31st July 2022

Ireland's biggest LGBTQ+ celebration, Belfast Pride regularly attracts crowds of over 50,000 people. The festival at the end of July centres around a Pride Parade through the city on Saturday. This year will mark the 30th parade, bringing communities together to celebrate LGBTQ+ lives and promote equality. 
There's plenty more going on during the 10-day festival. After two years of mostly virtual activities, expect lots of live shows, DJs, art exhibitions and the Belfast Pride awards - recognising contributions to the local community.

Amsterdam: 30th July - 7th August 2022

For just over a week in late July and early August, Amsterdam hosts some of the most exciting LGBTQ+ events in the world. Pride brings a colourful cultural programme to the city's streets, parks, squares - and even its canals! Amsterdam's Pride Parade (Saturday 6th August) takes to the water with vibrant boats and barges floating along the route. 
During the same weekend, Milkshake Festival takes place in the city's Westerpark. Organised by two of Amsterdam's biggest clubs, AIR and Paradiso, its one of the most inclusive music festivals around. Encouraging attendees to be themselves, it's a wild mix of drag, performance art and world-class electronic music, promising a unique experience.

Reykjavík: 2nd - 7th August 2022

Reykjavík is one of the world's most gay-friendly cities. In fact, Iceland regularly tops surveys of the best places in the world for LGBTQ rights. This is reflected in the city's annual Hinsegin Dagar (Queer Day) celebrations, featuring outdoor concerts and a Pride Parade, which attract crowds in the 100,000s - around half of Iceland’s total population! 
In September, another gay celebration takes place in Iceland. “Bears on Ice” or Reykjavik Bear (1st - 4th September 2022) is a festival filled with parties, day trips and tours for bears, taking in some of the country’s famous sights including a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon.

Brighton: 5th - 7th August 2022

Often claimed to be the UK's biggest Pride festival, Brighton & Hove Pride takes place during the first weekend of August and attracts big-name performers year after year - Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Grace Jones are just a few divas to have graced the main stage. 
Following the LGBTQ+ Community Parade, which brings a riot of colour to the seafront promenade, the city's Preston Park is the place to be for We Are Fabuloso. With pop royalty Christina Aguilera, Paloma Faith and Sophie Ellis-Bextor among the artists drawing crowds this year. The festival also hosts cabaret, spoken word and dance tents with plenty of entertainment across the two days.

Mykonos: 17th - 24th August

Already a popular destination for LGBTQ+ travellers throughout the summer, this Greek island really hots up during the last week of August. One of the biggest gay music festivals can be found on the island of Mykonos. XLSIOR Festival brings together crowds of 30,000 from all over the world for 8 days of beach parties and clubbing. Hosting some of the biggest names in the Gay Circuit scene, the festival has won several gay travel awards. So, if sun, sea and music sound like your perfect holiday, Mykonos is the place to be. 

Manchester: 26th - 29th August 2022

Manchester's Canal Street is one of the UK's most popular gay neighbourhoods - and the city's annual Pride celebrations are similarly vibrant. Held over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Manchester Pride includes the Gay Village Party from Friday through to Monday with several stages and live performances. Previous headliners include Charli XCX, Years & Years, Ariana Grande and Phoebe Bridgers. 
On Saturday, the city’s LGBTQ+ community and allies will take to the streets for the Pride Parade, marching together for the first time since 2019. The festival weekend culminates in a moving candlelit vigil in the city's Sackville Gardens, commemorating those lost to HIV/AIDS.  

Gran Canaria: 7th - 13th November 2022

 Prefer your Pride to have a touch of winter sun? Maspalomas Winter Pride is the event for you! In Gran Canaria’s popular beach resort, surrounded by sand dunes and sparkling blue sea, the week of events includes free live shows as well as boat trips, pool parties and a Pride Walk... so plenty of chances to top up your tan. 
With the Canary Islands enjoying sunshine practically year-round, it’s no surprise the island also hosts an annual Pride event in early May. And as a much-loved LGBTQ+ destination, you’ll have no trouble finding gay-friendly parties and venues whenever you visit.  

Sydney: 17th February - 5th March 2023

Australia’s queer capital, Sydney is set to host World Pride 2023, as well as the city’s 50th Gay Pride Week and annual Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. With a long history of LGBTQ+ activism and the famous parade taking place every summer (that's February for the southern hemisphere!) Sydney provides the chance to soak up both sunshine and culture during the three-week festival. 

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