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The 50 Best Pride Festivals to Visit in 2019


Where are the best Pride festivals in the world? 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots - which set the Pride movement into action. To celebrate Pride this year, HomeToGo has produced a special guide to the 50 most exciting Pride festivals on the planet. From Atlanta to Amsterdam, from the colossal to the compact, the list includes a diverse range of Pride destinations worth visiting this summer!

After researching hundreds of cities around the globe, HomeToGo selected a final shortlist of 50 locations that offer travelers the following: Excellent travel connections, a growing Pride festival, vibrant LGBTQ+ nightlife, LGBTQ+ friendly laws, and affordable accommodation. A full methodology can be found below. Get ready to celebrate Pride 2019 - and find out where the world's best celebrations are, below!

Some Fabulous Facts About Pride Month

A red icon of three protestors, arm-in-arm

The first Pride parades took place in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago in 1970.

A yellow icon of an art deco building

Madrid is home to the largest Pride festival in Europe, attracting crowds of more than a million each July.


A green icon of the Brazilian flag

São Paulo boasts the world’s largest Pride festival. It attracts more than 3 million visitors each year.

A purple icon of the Empire State Building

This year’s World Pride will take place in New York City, to commemorate 50 years since the Stonewall riots.

The Top 50 Pride Festivals in the World

Rank
City
Country
Travel Score
Growth Score
LGBTQ+ Laws
Nightlife Score
Accomm. Score
Total
1
São Paulo
Brazil
2.53
9.71
8.80
7.98
9.77
38.79
2
Mexico City
Mexico
3.19
9.74
8.40
5.96
9.74
37.03
3
Madrid
Spain
6.92
7.47
8.80
6.40
7.19
36.78
4
New York
USA
6.12
6.64
8.00
10.00
5.64
36.40
5
Paris
France
10.00
4.31
8.40
6.85
5.62
35.18
6
Bogotá
Colombia
2.23
9.73
9.40
2.81
9.75
33.92
7
Buenos Aires
Argentina
1.17
9.66
10.00
3.15
9.78
33.76
8
Milan
Italy
6.19
9.66
7.20
2.81
7.34
33.20
9
Sitges
Spain
6.48
9.60
8.00
3.15
5.67
32.90
10
Barcelona
Spain
6.48
5.62
8.60
6.18
5.74
32.62
11
Berlin
Germany
3.77
6.20
7.80
7.08
7.76
32.61
12
Los Angeles
USA
6.37
7.79
7.40
5.96
4.63
32.15
13
Lisbon
Portugal
4.25
8.10
9.40
2.36
7.93
32.04
14
San Francisco
USA
4.18
8.64
7.60
6.63
4.83
31.88
15
Prague
Czechia
4.80
8.63
8.00
2.47
7.76
31.66
16
Toronto
Canada
6.37
8.37
8.20
1.91
6.75
31.60
17
Benidorm
Spain
3.74
7.71
9.80
2.25
7.88
31.38
18
Baltimore
USA
2.34
9.79
7.60
3.82
7.35
30.90
19
Cologne
Germany
3.88
7.56
9.20
2.13
7.73
30.50
20
Montreal
Canada
4.40
7.62
7.80
3.37
7.12
30.31
21
Birmingham
UK
3.48
9.91
7.80
1.24
7.76
30.19
22
Manchester
UK
6.74
8.34
7.80
0.67
6.63
30.18
23
Valencia
Spain
2.23
7.68
9.80
2.58
7.88
30.17
24
Glasgow
UK
2.53
9.44
7.80
3.03
7.17
29.97
25
Seattle
USA
3.48
9.26
8.60
4.16
4.33
29.83
26
Stockholm
Sweden
4.76
9.11
7.40
1.24
7.12
29.63
27
Oslo
Norway
4.47
9.33
8.00
0.34
7.33
29.47
28
Bristol
UK
3.08
9.98
7.80
1.24
7.17
29.27
29
Copenhagen
Denmark
6.04
8.22
8.80
1.01
5.17
29.24
30
Porto Alegre
Brazil
0.00
9.74
8.20
1.91
9.31
29.16
31
Helsinki
Finland
4.54
9.85
7.80
0.00
6.86
29.05
32
Dublin
Ireland
6.04
8.26
7.60
1.01
5.67
28.58
33
Seoul
South Korea
4.87
9.68
2.80
1.69
9.09
28.13
34
Philadelphia
USA
4.25
10.00
6.60
1.69
4.61
27.15
35
Calgary
Canada
0.77
9.86
8.20
0.00
8.20
27.03
36
Albuquerque
USA
0.11
9.81
6.60
1.69
8.70
26.91
37
Atlanta
USA
8.10
8.35
1.40
3.15
5.70
26.70
38
Rotterdam
Netherlands
0.59
9.60
9.80
0.11
6.48
26.58
39
Taipei
Taiwan
3.96
9.54
2.60
2.13
8.10
26.33
40
Ottawa
Canada
0.73
9.38
8.60
0.11
7.48
26.30
41
Manila
Philippines
2.38
9.74
0.80
3.15
10.00
26.07
42
Vancouver
Canada
2.97
9.64
7.80
0.45
5.04
25.90
43
Belfast
UK
1.43
9.71
6.40
0.00
6.97
24.51
44
London
UK
6.85
2.58
7.20
2.47
5.12
24.22
45
Amsterdam
Netherlands
8.64
0.00
8.00
2.58
4.57
23.79
46
Orlando
USA
4.73
8.16
1.80
1.24
6.65
22.58
47
Brighton
UK
6.85
2.85
7.80
2.36
2.44
22.30
48
Ibiza
Spain
2.42
7.06
9.80
2.02
0.00
21.30
49
San Antonio
USA
0.62
8.84
2.80
2.02
5.90
20.18
50
St. Petersburg, FL
USA
1.10
9.37
0.00
0.34
9.14
19.95
A rainbow flag painted onto the road


Mapped: The Best Pride Festivals in the USA


How We Created This Guide

We used information provided by The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) to identify hundreds of Pride festivals around the world. We researched the following five categories for each of the locations: The accessibility of the Pride festival, the Pride festival’s year-on-year growth rate, the city’s LGBTQ+ nightlife, the LGBTQ+ friendliness of local laws, and the affordability of local accommodation. The final shortlist of 50, comprises the cities that perform strongly in all five categories. Additional cities were eligible for inclusion but were excluded from the final shortlist, as their Pride festivals took place before the release of this guide (May 25, 2019). 

After collecting the raw data, we assigned each data point a numerical value between 0 and 10, with 0 representing the lowest data point in the range and 10 representing the highest data point. This process was carried out for each of the 5 categories, making 50 the maximum possible score. We used the equation below in order to assign representative scores between 0 and 10 to the raw data: 

Score(i) = 10 ( ( (x(i) - x(min) ) / ( (x(max) - x(min) ) )

How Each Category Was Researched

Accessibility Score: We examined the number of scheduled direct non-stop destinations from the nearest international airport to each Pride festival, using flightsfrom.com as a data source. *Cities lacking a dedicated airport (Benidorm, Brighton, and Sitges) were given the same score as the nearest city with an airport (Alicante, London, and Barcelona). The city with the international airport offering the highest number of scheduled direct non-stop destinations was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining cities were awarded scores based on the equation above.

Growth Score: We used HomeToGo’s own metasearch data to compare searches for accommodation for 2019's Pride festivals vs.searches for accommodation for 2018's Pride festivals. Using this data, we were able to understand the year-on-year growth rate of eachPride festival. The city with the largest year-on-year increase in searches was awarded the maximum growth score of 10, and the remaining cities were awarded scores based on the equation above.

LGBTQ+ Nightlife Score: We used online mapping tools to identify LGBTQ+ friendly bars and nightclubs in each of the cities. The city with the most LGBTQ+ friendly bars and clubs was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining cities were awarded scores based on the equation above.

LGBTQ+ Friendliness Score: We used data provided by DestinationPride.org to evaluate the laws in each of the cities in our ranking. DestinationPride.org evaluates Marriage Equality, Sexual Activity Laws, Gender Identity Protections, Anti-Discrimination Laws, Civil Rights and Liberties, and Social Media Sentiment around the world. The city with the most progressive laws was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining cities were awarded scores based on the equation above.

Accommodation Score: We used HomeToGo’s own metasearch data to find the cost of accommodation in each of the 50 cities on the night before and after the respective Pride parade. The city with the cheapest accommodation prices was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining cities were awarded a representative score based on the equation above.

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