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Pride 2018: the best destinations to celebrate across the world


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As pride month kicks off throughout June, here is our roundup of the best five destinations across the world to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community through a range of festivals and parades over the summer. 

1. Malta (September - 16th September)

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Having been ranked number one on the rainbow map for the third year running and with a record-breaking turnout last year, Malta is the perfect destination to combine a late summer getaway with a week of celebration. 

The main parade will take place over one day in Valletta on Saturday 15th September, dubbed the European Capital of Culture with a variety of other events taking place across the whole week including a drag lip sync battle, queer poetry evening and a pre-pride party in Valletta the day before the march.

2. Toronto (1st June – 24th June)

Not only is Toronto one of our Top Destinations for 2018, it is also offering 50 events across 24 days throughout June to celebrate the rainbow flag in style. 

The line-up includes a Cabana Pool Party on Thursday June 14th, where RuPaul's Drag Race season six and All Stars 3 contestant Bendelacreme will make an appearance; followed by a ''Till sunrise Island Party' on Sunday 17th June; a Drag Ball on 23rd June; as well as appearances from other celebs including Kehlani and former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant, Vivacious.

The march itself, which is one of the largest in North America, will take place on June 24th at 2:00pm during the festival weekend at the corner of Bloor and Church and will make its way down Yonge Street to Dundas Square stage.

3. Manchester (24th August - 27th August)

The main celebrations during Manchester Pride take place in the heart of Manchester City Centre, in the city's famous 'gay village' over the August Bank Holiday weekend. 

The line-up is set to be a musical extravaganza, with the likes of Rita Ora, Nadine Cole, Alexandra Burke and Sigala performing dazzling live sets. For those looking for something a bit different, head down to either the silent disco or a sing-a-long cinema.

The parade takes place on 25th August with approximately 4000 participants. Many claim the march is the highlight of the whole festival. This year's theme for the parade is "the circus of acceptance" so be prepared for an array of colour as the procession weaves through the city centre amongst the thousands of people who come to show their support.

4. London (9th June - 7th July)

With the main parade taking place on Saturday 7th July, the various events and celebrations that make up London Pride start on the 9th June. These events include, an exclusive screening of the new film about Whitney Houston, 'Whitney' on the 3rd July, a gala dinner on July 5th and Escape with Pride, where London's biggest escape room venue will be hosting a series of nights to celebrate pride for allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community, at a discounted price. 

London Pride has a rich history and is one of the oldest pride festivals in Europe, dating back to 1972. 

5. Amsterdam (28th July - 5th August)

In recent years, Amsterdam has become an increasingly popular destination for a short weekend getaway. So, there's little surprise that pride festival weekend is now one of the busiest in the Dutch tourism calendar. Events include a fun-filled week of festivities, street parties, club events and the highlight of the festival: the Canal Parade. 

This year the parade will start around 12:30pm, with a route reversal from previous years. 2018 will see canal boats full of colour swim from Amstel down towards Prinsengracht.

This year's pride is in high demand and people are being urged to book hotels and tickets as soon as possible.

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