Jan 26, 2024
and if you’re traveling to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, GeoSure can help you understand which destinations are safest to travel to this year. From parades and parties to festivals and floats, these are 10 of the safest cities for celebrating Pride in 2024:
Kicking off our list is “the world’s biggest small Pride”—AKA, Reykjavík’s annual Pride festival, now in its 25th year. This year, Reykjavík Pride will take place August 6-11; the parade is scheduled for Saturday, August 12.
Want to get involved? You can apply to march in the parade with your group. Or, if you’re traveling solo, you can register to join a group, participate as a volunteer, or request to be a flagbearer for the parade’s nearly 33-foot-long rainbow flag.
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For more than 30 years, Kingston Pride has drawn locals and travelers alike to its annual Pride celebrations. And this year will be no different: Kingston Pride 2024 will take place June 9-16; the parade and community fair will be held on Saturday, June 15.
More event details, including this year’s theme, are still to be announced. Follow Kingston Pride on Instagram for additional information and updates.
Planning a trip to Scotland this summer? The city of Dundee might not have been on your radar—but here’s why it should be: it consistently ranks as one of the safest destinations for LGBTQ+ travelers in the U.K.
Save the date: Boston’s Pride festival and parade will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2024.
Why (else) should you visit Boston? Not only was Massachusetts the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage, it’s also the home of Wicked Queer—an annual LGBTQ+ film festival, now in its 40th year. This year’s festival takes place April 5-14, so if you can’t make it to Pride in June—or you want to make travel plans for both events—follow them on Instagram for the latest event details.
The first of two Spanish cities on the list, Alicante is home to the annual Benidorm Pride festival. While dates and events are yet to be announced for 2024, the festival takes place each September. And if 2023 is any indication of what’s in store, travelers can expect a Pride parade, pool and beach parties, themed brunches, concerts, and more.
Pride Portland! festival and parade takes place annually in the city of Portland, Maine. This year, both events will take place on June 15. What can travelers expect at this year’s festival and parade? New merch, a new theme, new grand marshalls—and much more.
To some, San Francisco is the Gay Capital of the World. It’s home to one of the largest LGBTQ+ communities in the world—and as such, travelers flock to the city to celebrate Pride year after year.
In 2024, San Francisco Pride—dubbed “The World’s Most Iconic Queer Event”—will take place on June 29 and 30. The two-day event features the San Francisco Pride Parade, plus loads of other events happening across the city and around the Bay Area, including galas, film festivals, drag brunches, and more.
Have you always wanted to march in the parade? Make this the year you participate. Registration is now open.
Birthplace of Federico García Lorca, one of Spain’s most celebrated LGBTQ+ poets, Granada is a year-round playground for LGBTQ+ travelers. Think: fine wine, local cuisine, great nightlife, and more.
Victoria—consistently one of the world’s safest cities for LGBTQ+ travelers—will return with its annual Pride Festival in 2024.
This year, the Victoria Pride Festival will take place from June 27 to July 7. The parade route, as well as other event details, are still to come. Keep an eye on the Victoria Pride Society site or follow them on Instagram for updates.
And clocking in at number one on our list of must-visit Pride destinations: New York City.
“Known for its rich culture and opportunities, New York is one of the most prominent Pride cities in the world—and I’m pleased it’s the top destination for LGBTQ+ travelers in 2024,” said Michael Becker, CEO of GeoSure. “Home to The Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of gay liberation, as well as other historic moments and sites, New York is a destination that celebrates—and elevates—the LGBTQ+ community.”
This year, the iconic NYC Pride March will take place on Sunday, June 30. PrideFest, the city’s annual LGBTQIA+ street fair, will also return for a day-long celebration featuring exhibits, food vendors, activities, and more. The festival also takes place on June 30.
For more event details, information on how to volunteer or donate, as well as travel tips like where to stay and how to get around, visit the NYC Pride site. You can also follow NYC Pride on Instagram for all official Pride event news in NYC.
Amanda Wowk is a freelance writer, founder of Amanda Wowk Creative—a content writing services company—and avid traveler. Her experience spans the travel industry, supporting clients in travel tech, luxury travel, and consumer brands. When she's not helping clients tell their stories, Amanda writes about her own experiences to inspire others to travel as far, wide, and safely as possible.