The best cities to celebrate Pride in Europe

19 Jun 2023 By Emily Burman

Renowned for its vibrant and inclusive LGBTQ+ communities, Europe comes alive every year with annual celebrations of Pride. From colourful parades to lively parties, immerse yourself in the incredible atmosphere of Europe’s top cities and some of the world’s most popular Pride events!

Fancy switching up the location of your yearly festivities? Pack your rainbow flag and a brightly-covered outfit because we’ve handpicked 7 welcoming cities in Europe that host a variety of Pride celebrations every summer.

1. Madrid

The biggest, and some may say, the best, Madrid is home to the most attended Pride parade in Europe! Festivities begin every year on 28 June (International Pride Day) and continue throughout the rest of the week with an array of different events. On the first Saturday in July, the Madrid Pride Parade takes place from Atocha train station to Plaza de Colón – enjoy an amazing atmosphere at this world-famous celebration! Need somewhere to stay for the week-long festivities? Explore our top hotels in Madrid for some inspiration.

2. Amsterdam

Amsterdam boasts one of the most unique and lively Pride parades in Europe! Even though the dates vary year on year (usually in August), you can always guarantee colourful street parties and decorated boats sailing from the Prinsengrach canal. Not only that, but the vibrant city hosts film screenings, dance parties and Pride walks throughout the month. We’d recommend staying in the centre to keep all the exciting festivities within walking distance – there are plenty of affordable hotels to choose from!

3. Stockholm

Experience the largest Pride parade in Scandinavia! With around 50,000 participants, Stockholm hosts a joyful celebration open to all. From workshops and debates in Pride House to parties and live music at Pride Park, there’s an impressive selection of exciting events. Join the 4.5km-long parade along the street of Norr Mälarstrand and ending at Östermalms IP where Pride Park is located. For a place to stay, check out Central Hotel, a boutique hotel in the heart of the action.

4. Paris

With over 700,000 spectators and participants, Paris hosts one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world! The main march usually takes place towards the end of June and leads to a huge, free party in Place de la République or Place de la Bastille (depending on the route)! After the 4hr long parade, hit the city’s selection of bars, restaurants and themed parties in the Marais district. With the celebrations lasting all weekend long, you’re best finding a budget-friendly hotel close to the city centre.

5. Rome

Combine memorable Pride celebrations with sun-kissed weather in Rome. Pride events in the Eternal City usually take place on the first weekend of June and consists of bustling parties and parades. The main march travels through the ancient city streets usually starting at Piazza della Republicca and finishing up at Piazza Venezia. After the parade, take the celebrations into the night and attend a wide variety of after parties at local bars and restaurants, or head back to a nearby hotel to unwind between festivities.

6. Barcelona

Another big hit in Spain, Barcelona boasts 250,000 pride visitors each year with celebrations usually commencing in June or July. Featuring conferences, demonstrations and a concert with special musical guests, the annual events get better every year! You won’t be able to get enough of sun-soaked Barcelona, so why not extend your stay and take it easy in our selection of all inclusive hotels after the lively celebrations are over?

7. Berlin

With around 500,000 attendees, pride celebrations in Berlin are the biggest in Germany! The parade is usually held around mid-June and runs from from Kurfürstendamm to the Brandenburg Gate, ending with an incredible musical concert. And it doesn’t end there, with film screenings and brightly-coloured boat parties, the celebrations are truly nonstop. Wind down after the busy events with a relaxing stay at one of the many hotels in the city centre.

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