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2023 LGBTQ Pride Guide

Updated: 18 hours ago


Pride Journeys is proud to present the 2023 LGBTQ Pride Guide, a comprehensive and ongoing list of events celebrating the LGBTQ community. This list contains not only Pride events, but also fundraisers, circuit parties and other large-scale events targeting LGBTQ individuals. To submit content for consideration, please email joey@pridejourneys.com


January 6-February 21: The revelry of Mardi Gras and the exuberance of LGBTQ culture collide at Gay Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Every moment promises entertainment you won’t find at any other Carnival celebration. Parades transform streets and neighborhoods into resplendent block parties, while gay Mardi Gras krewes like Mystic Krewe of Apollo and Lords of Leather host extravaganzas that celebrate the many facets and subcultures of the Crescent City’s queer community. Elaborately costumed LGBTQ spectators also gather for traditions including the Bourbon Street Awards, where the categories are Best Drag, Best Leather, Best of Show, and more. Pack up those glittery costume pieces you’ve been dying to wear and join us in New Orleans, where the good times are always rolling.


February 10 – 12: One of the events that makes Greater Fort Lauderdale so attractive to both the LGBT+ community and supporters alike, is Pride Fort Lauderdale. The annual festival takes place at Fort Lauderdale beach and features a parade, world-renowned entertainers, local and national exhibitors, and a loaded food court. Recent Pride Fort Lauderdale festivities have included a History of Pride exhibition, a Sober Zone, and Senior Chill Zone for elders of the community.


February 11: Outfront Kalamazoo presents Winter Gala on February 11th from 7-11 pm at the Catalyst Center for dinner, drinks, dancing, and community awards. Don’t miss out on the early bird special and the extra bonus of receiving two tickets to the K-Wings Rainbow Ice game (January 13) or the Hockey is for Everyone game (February 4). Tickets are on sale now through January 10, 2023. Early bird tickets will be on sale for $50 each. More information here: https://www.outfrontkzoo.org/program-calendar/winter-gala-2023


February 20-25: Winter Pride is the February version of Copenhagen Pride, taking place in the Danish capital the 20-25 of February. This year’s theme is QueerPlus and the program will explore overlapping identities and intersectionality in often overlooked ways including mental health and invisible handicaps. The Winter Pride has been taking place six months before the big summer pride since 2015.


March 24-26: The library is open at Saints and Sinner Literary Festival, a New Orleans weekend event catered to the queer literary community. The event is a sub-festival of the Tennessee Williams Festival (named after the city’s most prolific queer playwright) and brings together LGBTQ writers, publishers, and readers from across the globe for panels, parties and contests. 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of this internationally recognized event, so bookmark these dates and don’t miss your chance to experience the festival’s biggest and most bookish year to date.


April 1-2: “Spring into Rainbows” with Phoenix Pride at the annual Rainbows Festival & Street Fair. Known as “Arizona’s Greatest Street Fair,” the Rainbows Festival celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community with free admission, craft cocktails, local food trucks, family fun and more. Annually drawing a crowd of 25,000 friends, families and allies, the Rainbows Festival is the 2nd largest LGBTQ+ event in Arizona, only second to the Phoenix Pride Festival. For more information, visit: https://phoenixpride.org/events/rainbows-festival/


April 4-11: 50th Easter Berlin Leather and Fetish Week - The Berlin fetish community once again welcomes thousands of visitors to one of Europe’s largest fetish gatherings. Easter in Berlin has become an integral part of the international event calendar and guarantees a fun-packed week with new acquaintances and old friends. The events culminate in the Mister Leather Berlin contest on Easter Sunday, April 9.

April 7-9: Put a little spring in your step and bunny hop to New Orleans for Gay Easter weekend. The festivities start on Good Friday with Bunnies in the Big Easy, a fundraiser that includes raffles, bunny boys, drinks, and fabulous outfits. The proceeds benefit local HIV-related charities, so your support ensures that everyone will have a full basket this year. On Easter Sunday, the Gay Easter Parade rolls for its 22nd year of colorful costumes, over-the-top fashions, queer joy, and hunky cottontails you can chase all throughout the French Quarter.


April 14: Miami Beach Pride is back! Continuing the tradition of stellar entertainment and contemporary programming, Miami Beach Pride is bringing in actress, singer, comedian, author and LGBTQ+ icon, currently co-starring in the FX Television/Ryan Murphy show "American Horror Story: NYC", Sandra Bernhard, as the host of the VIP Beach Affair. Guests can expect to see Ms. Bernhard’s signature style of humor through an unforgettable evening of entertainment and celebration of a unique milestone for Miami Beach Pride now in its 15th year. Jonathan Bennett & Jaymes Vaughn have been named Celebrity Grand Marshals of the festival. Get your tickets at their website: www.miamibeachpride.com/viptickets


April 14-23: Jasper Pride Festival will take place over the course of 10 days, from April 14-23, a jam-packed calendar of events ensures that all visitors have no shortage of options that suit their fancy, from beer and wine tastings, drag shows, performances by local Indigenous DJs, film screenings, and even an elopement package! Teamed up with My Jasper Wedding, the festival offers guests the chance to marry their sweetheart in a unique and affordable way. The week closes out with a ski extravaganza. Alpine fun races, après celebrations on the mountain, and the Marmot Pride Party, a day of skiing, costumes, and barbeques. For more info, visit https://jasperpride.ca/


April 15: Taste the Rainbow Fundraising Dinner (Traverse City, Michigan)


April 20-30: Miami’s largest LGBTQ film festival OUTshine Film Festival takes place and includes world premiere film screenings make the festival a can’t-miss and annual presentations include filmmaker discussions and actor talk-backs that encourage a sense of community and provide a lens on the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience. Be sure to plan your visit around an opportunity to view the best in contemporary cinema.


May 22 - June 4: Pride starts here. For decades, the City of West Hollywood has been home to one of the largest yearly Pride celebrations in the world, drawing hundreds of thousands of revelers to the City where nearly 50% of its residents identify as LGBTQ. Join people from around the globe as the City of West Hollywood celebrates WeHo Pride 2023. We kick things off on Harvey Milk Day — May 22 — with the start of our 40-day LGBTQ Arts Festival. Then, we lead West Coast Pride Month celebrations as events run from Friday, June 2, 2023 through Sunday, June 4, 2023 with the free weekend Street Fair and the OUTLOUD LGBTQ Music Festival produced by JJLA. And don’t forget about the annual Dyke March, and Sunday’s WeHo Pride Parade. Entertainment venues in the City’s Rainbow District along historic Route 66 will produce a number of special Pride events as well! Come get your kicks at #WeHoPride. Visit www.wehopride.com for more info.


May 26-June 4, 2023: Pride Winnipeg Festival - Celebrate the diverse community that supports LGBTTQ* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirt and queer) people. Festivities include a flag-raising at City Hall, sports tournaments, barbecues, art shows, live entertainment, artisans, Queer Beer Tent for adults, the city’s biggest dance part and much more. It culminates with a Pride Day parade and rally at the Manitoba Legislative Building on Sunday, June 4, 2023. https://pridewinnipeg.com/


June: Stonewall Pride’s exclusive kick-off extravaganza featuring celebrity entertainers, show stopping musical performances and over the top theatrical and interactive artistic experiences will take place in Wilton Manors, Florida. The street festival is an 8-hour spectacle featuring 3 stages of live music, dazzling performances and DJs, with vendors and organizations of all kinds offering special pride deals and free giveaways. The legendary Stonewall Pride Parade is the main event, a colorful spectacle not to be missed. Also, not to be missed is the Floatarama. So come out; celebrate love, acceptance, equality and inclusivity.


June 1-4: Pandora Events is debuting their 22nd Annual Girls in Wonderland (GIW), an LGBTQ+ festival, at a new location–the Wyndham Orlando Resort–on June 1-4, 2023 during Disney World’s Gay Days.


June 2-4: Provincetown's 6th annual Pride celebration is happening June 2-4, 2023

This annual Pride celebration highlights what Provincetown has always been known for: LGBTQ+ awareness, empowerment, and diversity. Express yourself and celebrate the full spectrum of our community with a rally at Town Hall, queer comedy, parties + more.

https://ptown.org/calendars/pride/


June 7-11: Celebrate PRIDE 2023 June 7-11 in Key West, a legendary LGBTQIA+ destination known for its laid-back style and open and accepting atmosphere. Whether solo or sharing the experience with friends or family, please join us and get lost in the magic of our subtropical island paradise. Discover Key West and the way our city's One Human Family philosophy has created one of the world's most integrated and unique communities. In addition, this year we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the island's 1.25-mile-long sea-to-sea rainbow flag -- recreating the iconic flag in a trendsetting way!


June 7-11: The only thing better than Pride? Pride with a New Orleans twist, of course! Join us for a weekend of can’t miss parties, costumes, community events, and uninhibited revelry when New Orleans Pride returns to the French Quarter. Signature events include NOLA Pride Fest, an outdoor block party with live entertainment and friends across all queer identities, as well as the Pride Parade, which brings flamboyant costumes and color through the French Quarter. Even the streets between destinations come alive with the sights and sounds of unbridled queer expression, and many businesses offer special deals and events to show their support for the LGBTQ community. This is your chance to live out loud in a city where nothing is off limits.


June 9-11: Black Pride NOLA coincides with NOLA Pride weekend and delivers a slate of entertaining events and parties catered toward the Black queer community. Look out for sneaker balls, leather parties, pool parties and more.


June 10: Naples Pride Festival will be held on Saturday June, 10th 2023 at Cambier Park from 11am – 5pm. Naples Pride celebrates diversity and unity, educates the Naples Florida community on LGBTQ issues to promote equal rights for all. This all-inclusive, open to the public event will combine entertainers, speakers, musicians, performers, vendors, exhibitors, activities, food and drinks for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality. Admission is free; $5 donation much appreciated. Visit website for additional information https://www.naplespride.org/.


June 10: The second annual Bud Light Pride River Parade will take place June 10 during San Antonio’s and made its debut in 2022 by Visit San Antonio to promote the city’s inclusion, encouragement and support of the LGBTQ+ community to live openly with equal rights. Visitors and residents alike are invited to join as members of the community or allies as they come together at the historic La Villita district and River Walk Downtown and Museum Reaches for this colorful, entertaining yet heartfelt moment of unity. For more information, visit www.visitsanantonio.com


June 10 – 11: Sacramento Pride March and Festival will return to Sacramento’s Capitol Mall for a weekend of entertainment, education, and community. The two-day festival brings together 20,000 community members to celebrate the colorful culture and community of Sacramento’s LGBTQ population. The festival grounds boast three entertainment stages, DJ booths with dance areas, youth and family activities, hundreds of local vendors, food trucks, beverage stations with specialty cocktails as well as non-alcoholic drinks, and a 21+ VIP Lounge. One-day and two-day tickets are available and are required for entry to the festival. Sac Pride’s three stages include: the Q-Spot Live youth stage, the Stonewall Pavilion community stage, and the central Pride Stage – all hosted by Sacramento-favorite drag performers. Saturday’s lineup of entertainment will feature incredible performances sourced from Sacramento’s creative economy and will conclude with a sunset showcase of the festival’s headlining acts. Sunday morning brings the most anticipated event of the weekend to life, the Sacramento Pride March, a parade beginning at South Side Park (where Sac Pride began!) and concluding at the California State Capitol building and entrance to the festival. Sac Pride March will bring 5,000+ spectators and is free to the public. For more information and to purchase festival tickets, visit: www.sacramentopride.org.


June 17: Kentuckiana Pride Parade & Festival is one of the largest LGBTQ+ events in Kentucky, Kentuckiana (Kentucky + Southern Indiana) Pride has been an annual celebration for over two decades. Held on the banks of the Ohio River at Louisville’s Waterfront Park, past festival headliners have included Lizzo, Tove Lo, and Todrick Hall. The day will kick off with a 1.5-mile parade through Louisville’s NuLu neighborhood and portions of downtown, passing by some of Louisville’s top bars and restaurants before making its way to the city’s iconic Big Four Bridge. General admission and VIP options are both available.


June 17: Iowa City Pride Festival - One of the longest running events of its kind, the Iowa City Pride Festival includes a parade, vendor fair, free live entertainment and much more. Located in outdoor spaces and in indoor venues throughout vibrant Downtown Iowa City. Programming is constantly updated at IowaCityPride.org.


June 17: Lansing Pride (Lansing, Michigan)


June 23-25: Toronto is home to one of the largest Pride celebrations across the globe. With over 2.4 million attendees in 2022, Pride Toronto came out of the pandemic with a fierce and thunderous roar! With one of the most diverse populations in the world, Pride Toronto is a massive celebration of diversity, inclusion, and all things queer. If you’re looking to elevate your Pride game, Pride Toronto is an absolute must! The Pride festivities culminate on Festival Weekend - June 23-25 - when the city’s world renowned Pride Parade takes over Yonge Street, the longest street in the world.


July 15-16: Berlin Lesbian and Gay City Festival - Traditionally held on the weekend before Berlin's Christopher Street Day, this two-day event attracts a large international crowd to officially kick off the gay scene's party season in Berlin. With music, shows, information booths as well as food and drinks, the event is not only a celebration, but also a protest against exclusion of any kind. Also known as Motzstraßenfest, the events remain true to the motto “Equal rights for unequal people – worldwide!”


July 22: CSD Berlin | Berlin Pride - Christopher Street Day - Music, party, and a fun atmosphere - usually one million people protest at the CSD in Berlin for equal rights and the right to self-determination. In 2023, the CSD will continue to advocate effectively and visibly for LGBTIQ+ rights. The organizers are again making every effort to hold a larger demo procession and the final manifestation.

Here’s the official after movie of CSD Berlin 2022.


August 12-20: Copenhagen Pride Week is the big annual pride festival in Copenhagen August 12-20. The City Hall Square is transformed into Pride Square during the week, featuring a live performances on the central stage each night. The big parade happens 19 August starting at the Frederiksberg City Hall and culminating at Pride Square. The parade will be followed by a big closing party in the Copenhagen neighborhood of Refshaleøen. Throughout the week, there will be a full program of events, parties, talk and exhibitions around the city.

August 25-28: The annual Manchester Pride Festival returns for a four-day celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in the UK. Centred around the heart of The Gay Village, Manchester’s LGBTQ+ neighbourhood, the festival is made up of a Parade that brings color and celebration to Manchester’s streets, The Gay Village party which centres around Canal Street, as made famous in the UK version of Queer As Folk, alongside the Superbia arts festival, Youth Pride MCR, Family Pride, and the Candlelit Vigil which brings everyone together at the end of the festival for a beautiful moment of reflection for those we lost from the LGBTQ+ community. Fringe events also take place across the city centre with rainbows adorning every corner and parties across the city’s cultural hotspots.


August 31-September 4: Trade in your beads and ribbons for chains and whips at Southern Decadence, a cornerstone of New Orleans queer culture that's often described as a bawdier version of Pride. The city’s bars and streets are filled with joyful energy and over-the-top expression, with some events catering toward bears and the leather crowd. All LGBTQ identities are welcomed and celebrated, so the only rule is to show up exactly as you are. Don’t miss this weekend of pure, blissful decadence.


September 3: Strut across the rainbow crosswalk for an action-packed Labor Day weekend at Sacramento Rainbow Festival. For the 35th year, the intersection at 20th & K streets lights up with live entertainment, celebrity acts, activist speakers, and limitless LGBTQ merriment. Street vendors from the nation’s Farm to Fork capital also serve up mouthwatering refreshments that blow traditional fair food out of the water. Even better, proceeds from this electric event support a different LGBTQ-focused charity every year. Plan your trip and find accommodations today at visitsacramento.com


September 7 – 17: EuroPride Valletta 2023 will be held in Valletta, Malta, September 1 – 17, 2023. The Maltese LGBTIQ+ Community is a proud part of the European LGBTIQ+ Movement. Malta is constantly working and striving to achieve full equality both within Malta, and also in its less progressive neighboring communities. Valletta is the perfect destination for EuroPride 2023 as its location is situated between Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, giving members of the EMENA (European, Middle East & North Africa) LGBTIQ+ community the opportunity to gather and celebrate in a safe environment where people are free to be themselves, while also providing them a stage where LGBTIQ+ human rights issues can be addressed and discussed.



September 27 - October 1: Traverse City’s official LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration and Michigan’s premier Pride event is returning September 27 - October 1, 2023. 2023 marks the tenth year of the Up North Pride celebration, with a continued mission of making the region a more diverse, inclusive and safe place for everyone. In the years since the original march, Up North Pride has grown to be the largest participant-driven LGBTQ+ Pride March in Michigan—attracting more than 6,000 attendees in 2019—and Michigan's premier destination Pride Celebration, as well as a leader in Northern Michigan's LGBTQ+ advocacy. Find more information here on LGBTQ+ travel, businesses, etc. in Traverse City.


September 29 – October 1: Join Arizona’s oldest LGBTQ organization for Tucson’s annual Pride in the Desert. The celebration will take place over three days, with a parade on Friday, a festival on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Guests can participate in the festival starting at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Reid Park. There they’ll find entertainment, over 100 vendors, retailers, nonprofits, and a family-friendly/kids area. For more information, visit www.tucsonpride.org.


October 12-22: When the sun sets, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s OUTshine Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale maintains the region’s commitment to LGBT+ issues. World premiere film screenings make the festival a can’t-miss and annual presentations include filmmaker discussions and actor talk-backs that encourage a sense of community and provide a lens on the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience. Be sure to plan your visit around an opportunity to view the best in contemporary cinema.


October 27-29: You’re in for both tricks and treats at Halloween New Orleans, where the Crescent City’s haunted history comes to live with a queer and charitable twist. Each night of this unforgettable weekend plays host to a different spectacular themed party with show-stopping costumes, live music, dancers, comedians and more. Past years have featured celebrity appearances by RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Aquaria and performances by queer artists like Jake Wesley Rogers. Plus, proceeds from all three events benefit Project Lazarus, a transitional living facility providing compassion, support, and comfort for people living with HIV/AIDS. Grab your #maskformask crew and join us for a Halloween experience like you’ve never seen before.


November 3-5: Greater Palm Springs—a joyous community for the LGBTQ+ community and allies, hosts Greater Palm Springs Pride on Nov. 3-5, 2023. 2023's edition of Greater Palm Springs Pride marks the 37th anniversary as a free festival bringing a diverse community together. Known for celebrating strength, equality and self-determination of the LGBTQ+ community, Greater Palm Springs Pride celebrates with a parade, festival and a vendor marketplace. The Festival Marketplace runs both days, along Palm Canyon Drive in the heart of downtown, combining exhibitors, multiple entertainment venues, activities, sponsor pavilions, a food court, retail shopping, and restaurants. Serving as an advocate for equality and diversity in Coachella Valley since 1986, Greater Palm Springs Pride works to create a region where LGBTQ+ people thrive. Pride is a year-round celebration in Greater Palm Springs. If you want to experience a colorful party in the Southern California oasis, here is a guide to the festivities all year long.

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