Across the United States, seas of rainbows take to the streets to celebrate the social and self-acceptance, legal rights, voices, and accomplishments of LGBTQ+ communities. Many of these events take place in or around June, to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969, which served as a significant turning point for social justice and queer movements. Read on to learn about some of the best pride festivals in the US.
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6 of the Best Pride Festivals in the US
“Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” ―James Baldwin
1. LA Pride Festival and Parade
This festival has championed for social justice and equal rights for over forty years. LA Pride’s values include: be aware, be inspired, be united, be mindful, and be true. Join thousands of people in West Hollywood in one of the country’s most popular pride events!
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2. San Francisco Pride
Join “generations of resistance” at the San Francisco Pride and Celebration. Witness passionate keynote speakers rallying crowds, participate in vibrant, lively parades, and attend various events throughout the city. This event’s mission is to “educate the world, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people.”
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3. NYC Pride
Celebrate where it all began. From Stonewall to modern Gay Rights movements, immerse yourself in an experience full of history, culture, and celebration. New York City is a melting pot, a hub for people to find communities in which they feel as though they belong. Their mission aims to “produce LGBTQIA+ Pride events that inspire, educate, commemorate, and celebrate our diverse community.”
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Don’t end your vacation in the city. After Pride, escape the hustle and bustle of NYC and head to the Catskill Mountains further up the Hudson River. Tranquil surroundings make this region perfect for relaxing before returning to reality. Mount Merino Manor B&B offers a private country setting for you to catch your breath in sophisticated, stylish accommodations.
4. Chicago Pride Fest
Hundreds of thousands of people participate in Chicago’s Pride Fest each year! Maybe you’d like to join in and participate in the parade. Perhaps you’d prefer to just watch from the Broadway and Halsted in the heart of Boystown. Either way, you’re in for the time of your life!
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5. Atlanta Pride
Beat the heat of summer and attend Atlanta Pride, which takes place in October, typically after National Coming Out Day. This popular Atlanta event’s mission is to “advance unity, visibility, and wellness among persons with widely diverse gender and sexual identities through cultural, social, political, and educational programs and activities.” That’s a mission we can get behind!
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6. Capital Pride Celebration
Celebrate Pride in the nation’s capital city, Washington, DC! Stand up and speak out against inequalities, celebrate how far we’ve come, and continue spreading awareness to make further strides. The Capital Pride Alliance “serves to celebrate, educate, support, and inspire our multifaceted communities in order to grow and preserve our history and protect our rights for current and future generations.”
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Regardless of where you choose to celebrate, rest assured that our properties make an excellent home away from home while you’re on vacation. Conscious travel is on our radar, and we know how important it is to feel safe in a new space. Our bed and breakfasts, inns, and boutique hotels cater to LGBTQ+ experiences and welcome people from all backgrounds. Whether you’re traveling to attend one of the best Pride festivals in the US, or simply escaping your everyday life for a few days, we’ve got you covered.
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