10 Large Gay Pride Festivals Across the U.S.

If you’re a gay person looking to network with other LGBTQ people, you can party on at these 10 festivals across the country.

The Origin of Gay Pride Festivals Gay Pride Festivals celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) culture and history.

The Stonewall Riots of 1969 were a precursor to Gay Pride. At that time, gay persons protested against homophobia and violence against LGBTQ persons in New York City.

Today, there are more than 150 official Gay Pride festivals. Let’s look at ten large pride festivals in the United States.

New York City Pride

New York City Pride is one of the largest Pride Festivals in the world. Every year millions of LGBT persons and their allies gather in Manhattan to celebrate gay Pride.

San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride takes place annually during Pride Month in June.  It is the biggest Pride festival in America and one of the largest in the world.

The Pride Parade runs through Boystown and has more than 1 million spectators and participants.

Chicago Pride

Atlanta Pride is one of the biggest Pride Festivals in the Southeast. It started in 1971, growing to more than 300,000 attendees.

Atlanta Pride

Capital Pride is a Pride Festival in Washington, D.C., every year during Pride Month. It started as a one-day block party but grew into a series of events.

Capital Pride

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