Amsterdam has a unique Pride celebration—the city's massive parade winds through the famous UNESCO World Heritage site canals as thousands watch from boats docked along the shores. From Aug. 2 to Aug. 4, revelers will come from all over the world to party and celebrate, making Pride weekend one of the city's busiest of the year.
Lithuania decriminalized same-sex relations in 1993, but the cultural attitude towards LGBTQ+ people remains mostly negative and oppressive. The country didn't throw their first Pride parade until 2010, and even then it was sparsely attended. This year the country's capital, Vilnius, hosted Baltic Pride from June 4 to June 9, an event that has become the largest LGBTQ+ human rights festival in the Baltic states.
In 2018, Sydney's Pride Festival contained over 100 events—this year the organizers seem to have set out to top that number. The festival's theme, “RIOT 69” will commemorate both the brave protestors at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 and the people who marched in the first Sydney Mardi Gras (Sydney's near-riotous call for the end of discrimination against LGBTQ+) in 1978. Join the celebration down under from June 6 to June 30 this year.
Greece is known for its partying (especially in locations like Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini), and as a result, its Pride celebrations are always over the top. This year Athens' pride week will took place from June 1 to June 8. The parade marched through the downtown heart of the city, past the Parliament building, and a special moment was held in memory of Zak Kostopoulos, a young Greek LGBTQ+ activist who was beaten to death in central Athens in 2018.
Auckland, New Zealand, which held its Pride events Feb. 1 to Feb. 17 this year, took a more low-key approach than many of the other countries on this list. For example, they ditched their typically extravagant parade for a walk that ran entirely without uniformed police officers. The Auckland Pride Festival chair told NewsHub that this move, among others, was intended to “to get back to having Pride with more of a community focus.”
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