10 Large Gay Pride Festivals Across the U.S.

Gay Pride Festivals celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) culture and history.  

The Stonewall Riots of 1969 were a precursor to Gay Pride. At that time, gay persons protested against homophobia and violence against LGBTQ persons in New York City. 

Other major cities across the world followed suit. Today, there are more than 150 official Gay Pride festivals. Let's look at ten large pride festivals in the United States. 

New York City Pride

NYC Pride is significant because it is America's first Gay Pride March.  Since that time, NYC Pride has become more of a festive occasion. 

San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride takes place annually during Pride Month in June.  It is the biggest Pride festival in America and one of the largest in the world. The first one took place in 1970, a year after the Stonewall Riots in New York City. 

Chicago Pride

The Pride Parade runs through Boystown and has more than 1 million spectators and participants. It is a two-day celebration that brings LGBTQ persons and their allies from all over the nation.