Prides 2019: 3 great tips for each major pride parade coming this summer!

Marking 50 years after the Stonewall Riots in New York City, 2019 is expected to see the largest international LGBTI Pride celebration ever. 

Pride owes almost everything to the people that fought for us and our rights, during the June 1969 events and beyond, so that we can all live and express ourselves freely today.

Most probably you are planning on attending at least a couple of this year’s Pride Parades, which have already started taking place since the first weekend of June, and will go on throughout summer.

For this article, Travel by Interest have chosen not to simply write you another list of the major Pride events coming up, but give three tips that will help you enjoy the most of your time and shine bright like the rainbow!

After all, Prides are always a good reason to travel to a different city, so it’s great to have a few insider tips to keep you on the right track.  

So pack your bags, choose your destinations, and start building your Pride to-do list!

1 Pride Amsterdam

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Participants dressed in leather in the annual Pride Canal Parade on the Amstel river in Amsterdam on 1 August 2015

The weekend-long street parties, massive circuit events, and a gagging Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade make it a popular stop for many gay travelers. The Pride is welcoming to everyone, especially our leather friends.

WHEN?

27 July 2019 – 4 August 2019

THREE GOOD-TO-KNOW TIPS

  1. TAKE THE MOST FABULOUS PHOTOS
    The parade is always super busy but, thankfully, the canals are several kilometers long, with many spots along their banks to sit and watch the parade. The best spots for taking photos are on the sides of the bridges. However, these are usually taken hours before the event. Your best chances to take some good and colorful photos are on the Prinsengracht, at the Magere Brug on Amstel River, and at the Eenhoornsluis at the end of the Route.
  2. BE PART OF THE FUN!
    To take part in the parade on one of the fancy Pride Boats, you need to apply beforehand. You can make a request at the organization’s website, however, keep in mind that only 80 boats can participate and sail in the parade — so don’t keep your hopes too high. There are, of course, several other boats that lie ashore of the canal, which are also rather difficult to join, since they are often occupied by the LGBT organizations of large companies, who share them with their employees. So if you have any friends or old lovers living in Amsterdam, maybe it’s time to text them and see if they can ensure a fancy spot for you.
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