Holidays are about discovering different places, having new experiences and sharing moments with the people that mean the most to you. Travel around the world and uncover LGBTQ+ culture, history and communities in some of the most incredible destinations.
Ahead of London Pride parade tomorrow, we’ve pulled together a list of the best cities to celebrate Gay Pride:
1 DIVERSITY AND LOVE IN LONDON
Home to the UK’s biggest and most diverse celebration, London’s Pride parade starts at midday tomorrow. You can expect a colourful array of events from drag acts to routines from West End cast members and so much more. Each performance will link up with powerful talks and speeches by influential LGBTQ+ figures. If you can’t make it tomorrow, plan ahead and stay over next year. That way, you can make the most of the parties, which go well into the night.
2 THE CITY OF DREAMS
This forward-thinking city’s never short of LGBTQ+ action throughout the year. The West Village is home to many gay bars, clubs and drag clubs, or you can spend some time in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, which is considered to be the heart of gay-friendly NYC. There’s never going to be a shortage of things to do here; as the old saying goes, it’s ‘The City That Never Sleeps’. And you’ll always find fun, interactive and thought-provoking events right across the city. Last month, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, New York hosted WorldPride.
3 BE YOURSELF IN AMSTERDAM
Pride in Amsterdam runs from Saturday 27 July to Sunday 4 August and is one of the best places to celebrate in the world. On Saturday 3 August, you can watch a phenomenal event which is unlike any other. Canal Parade starts in the early afternoon and spills into the streets for a party in the evening. The city is buzzing with acts, speeches, performances and so much more.
4 FALL IN LOVE WITH SAN FRANCISCO
If you love exploring new cities, San Francisco should be at the top of your list of places to see. Known as the gay capital of the USA, there’s so much to do from museums and art galleries, to farmers markets and even the infamous Alcatraz. While away, there are opportunities to learn about gay history in the local area as the National Park Service has started an LGBTQ history initiative, mapping out lots of hidden gems like Osento. San Francisco Pride is expected to be on be held 28 June 2020.
5 PROUD SPONSORS OF MANCHESTER PRIDE
Once again, Thomas Cook Airlines is a sponsor for Manchester Pride. Last year we flew our rainbow flag and took part in the parade. This year, we have a Thomas Cook Airlines stage at the Gay Village Party. Come and say hello and watch Liberty X’s headline performance. Make your August Bank Holiday unforgettable by attending Manchester Pride Live (just a short walk from the Gay Village Party). Here you can watch some of your favourite pop and dance acts, like Ariana Grande.