Glittering costumes, rainbow flags galore, and lively parades complete with drag queens, floats, and dancing—these are all hallmarks of Pride celebrations the world over. But, in 2021, with a mixture of online and in-person events to choose from, there are suddenly way more Pride options than just parades. If you're feeling a little lost, here’s how and where to celebrate Pride 2021—whether you want to slip on a pair of heels or a pair of sweats.
How and Where to Celebrate Pride 2021
1. Attend a virtual Pride parade
Although some Pride parades are going ahead in-person this year, plenty more are keeping their offerings online-only. New York City’s June Pride Parade will be broadcast both live and later via streaming platforms and social media, as will Pride Toronto and Pride Sao Paulo. Plus, it’s a great way to attend events you wouldn’t otherwise be able to.
2. Snag tickets to a concert and drag performances
Live shows and performances are key parts of Pride and, in some cities around the world, you can catch them in-person once again this year. Tickets are on sale now for Chicago’s Pride in the Park, featuring headliners Chaka Khan and Tiësto, as well as drag queens Denali Foxx and Naysha Lopez.
3. Celebrate Pride at home with your bubble
Staying in is the new going out, and that’s no different when it comes to celebrating Pride. Gather your bubble and make dinner together during a virtual cooking class, take a trip down memory lane on a Zoom tour of your favorite Pride destinations—think: Taipei, Madrid, or Amsterdam—or learn how to make cocktails from around the world.
4. Grab the popcorn for a Pride-themed movie night
If you’re more into movies than music, stay at home in your comfiest sweats for a virtual movie night courtesy of New York City Pride—both Family Movie Night and the annual LGBTQIA+ film festival will be making the move online this year. Alternatively, put on your glad rags and make a beeline for San Francisco Pride’s socially distanced Pride Movie Night on June 11-12 in Oracle Park.
5. Shake it at a digital dance party
Pride Island—usually held on Pier 97 in Hudson River Park—is a legendary New York City Pride event and the great news is that, this year, Pride Island is going virtual with a headliner performance by DJ Lina Bradford. Book your tickets now and enjoy access to the best digital dance party that Pride 2021 has to offer.
6. Give back to LGBTQ communities
Pride is about more than parties and parades—although they’re fun too. Born out of riots to demand LGBTQ rights, Pride is about community above all, and volunteering makes an excellent way to give back this Pride season. LA Pride is running a month-long volunteering program called Pride Makes a Difference, while in New Zealand you can Sweat With Pride for 21-minutes a day through June to raise money for LGBTQ causes.
7. Watch the Stonewall doc online
Get to grips with the origins of present-day Pride by watching the (free!) Stonewall documentary, directed by Ro Haber. In it, diverse voices—including homeless, trans, and people of color—come together to recount the legacy of Stonewall, tracing the story from the riots through to the future of queer rights.
8. Postpone your Pride
Pride doesn’t—and shouldn’t have to—exist only in June. This year that’s truer than ever as Pride events around the world have been postponed in response to the ongoing pandemic. Pride participants in Amsterdam, Prague, and Stockholm won’t see any in-person Pride parades ‘til August, while Londoners and Las Vegans will be taking to the streets with pride in September and October, respectively. Meanwhile, in Aus, Adelaide won’t welcome Pride festivities until November.
9. Plan for future Prides
You might not feel comfortable attending any in-person Pride events this year, and that’s OK! Celebrate instead by daydreaming about your future LGBTQ-themed trips and Pride parades. Whether you want to learn more about LGBTQ history around the world or just want to hit up global gay bars and drag performances with a gay or lesbian guide, now’s the time to get researching.