Sydney Harbour lights up the New Year's Eve skyline.
Sydney Harbour lights up the New Year's Eve skyline. © istockphoto.com/Tim Starkey

Tour of the Pride Parades

EACH year, cities from around the world take to the streets to celebrate their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cultures in what are known as Pride Parades.

After the success of the 2010 Sydney Mardi Gras, Expedia.com has scoured the globe to find some of the world’s best gay-friendly cities.

THE EXPEDIA TOP 10

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

THE predominant areas where LGBT Sydneysiders reside are Darlinghurst and Newtown. The parade theme this year is Mardi Gras History of the World.
 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

GREEN Point is the preferred locale for Cape Town’s gay community. To be held on March 6, the parade theme is Uniting Cultures of Cape Town.  
 

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

THERE are four gay areas in Amsterdam with an abundance of LGBT bars and clubs to visit at night, the most famous being ’t Mandje. Amsterdam celebrates Queen’s Day on April 30.
 

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

HEAD to Jardim if you are looking for an LGBT crowd. Recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest Pride Parade in the world, organisers expect more than four million people on June 6.
 

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

SITUATED on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline, Tel Aviv is known as the gay capital of the Middle East. Tel Aviv hits the streets for its Gay Pride parade on June 11.
 

BERLIN, GERMANY

BERLIN was one of the leading cities for gay life in the 1920s and is now home again to one of the most dynamic LGBT scenes in Europe. Berlin hosts its Christopher Street Day parade on June 19.
 

SAN FRANCISCO, US

THE Castro area of the city has been recognised as the heart and soul of San Francisco’s gay and lesbian scene since the gay rights movement in the 1970s. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Parade, to be held on June 27.
 

TORONTO, CANADA

CHURCH and Wellesley is is home to the annual Pride celebrations. The July 4 Pride Parade attracts more than a million people each year.
 

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

LONDON is home to the biggest gay and lesbian community in Europe. Pride Parade participants will weave their way through London’s streets on July 3 as part of the Pride London Festival Fortnight, from June 19.  
 

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

BARRIO Norte is where the action is, but don’t expect things to kick off until about 2am.

On the first Saturday of November, the Pride celebration makes its way from the main square, Plaza de Mayo, to the bubbly Plaza Congresso.



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