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Pride isn’t over: 18 ways to continue celebrating worldwide in 2021

June 24, 2021
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Pride isn’t over: 18 ways to continue celebrating worldwide in 2021
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While we're nearing the end of Pride Month, June isn't the only time to celebrate and uplift members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Queer-focused celebrations and remembrance are a year-round affair.

This year, there are plenty of events — both in-person and virtual — yet to come. These events commemorate the personal accomplishments and sacrifices of trailblazing individuals who fought (and continue to fight) for true equality.

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Of course, you can also celebrate Pride year-round by donating to organizations that help the LGBTQIA+ community. TPG is working with the nonprofit Rainbow Railroad to match up to $100,000 in donations to help rescue LGBTQIA+ individuals facing persecution based on their sexual orientation or identity.

Let's take a dive into the virtual and in-person celebrations around the world you can check out during the last week of June and beyond.

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Ways to celebrate virtually this month

While many Pride celebrations will once again happen in-person this year, most cities have set up a hybrid format with at least a handful of events available online. That means you can catch some of the amazing Pride festivities happening around the world from the comfort of your home.

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Pride performance: June 24

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in April 2019. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Stringer/Getty Images)

Watch a special live performance by the world-renowned San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, right in your living room. This is an official event of San Francisco Pride and will feature singing, dancing and other showstopping performances from RuPaul and Todrick Hall — along with special appearances from Brandi Carlile and LeAnn Rimes. You can get tickets here.

Related: What your favorite travel brands are doing to celebrate Pride this year

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NYC Pride March broadcast and Pride Island: June 27

The NYC Pride March will be broadcast live on June 27. The livestream will include performances, interviews and streetside activities featuring groups who would normally march in the parade. In addition, there will be a virtual format for NYC Pride’s legendary Pride Island event. You can find tickets and more information for the Pride March here and Pride Island here.

Munich Pride livestream: July 9-10

Christopher Street Day in Munich. (Photo by Tobias Hase/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Due to COVID-19, Munich's Pride event will be primarily a streamed affair — which means you can experience it from anywhere in the world. In Switzerland and Germany, Pride is known as Christopher Street Day, referring to the New York City street where the historic bar Stonewall is located. You can learn more about the Munich Pride livestream on the event's website.

San Diego Pride livestream: July 17

The San Diego Pride Festival at Balboa Park in 2018. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

San Diego Pride will be streamed entirely online, but in-person events will also be happening throughout the month of July. You can find more information on the event and stream it here.

Prague Pride livestream: Aug. 2-8

Despite celebrating its 11th anniversary in 2021, Prague Pride is still a relative newcomer to the scene. Most of Prague Pride in 2021 will be held virtually, including live streams of LGBTQIA+ art exhibitions, debates, concerts and more. You can learn more and stay up to date on their Facebook event page.

Charlotte Pride livestreams: August through November

Charlotte Pride’s annual events will be held both in-person and virtually. The usual weeklong celebration has been expanded into a full Pride season running from August through November. You can find all of the events and more information here.

Streaming LGBTQIA+ content

(Photo by Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Your favorite streaming service likely has a genre page for Pride Month where you can celebrate by watching Pride-themed and Pride-supporting content.

For instance, Netflix has a Pride Month page which includes movies, TV shows, documentaries, GLAAD award nominees and more. New seasons of "Feel Good" and "Elite" are available this June. Amazon Prime Video also has a specific section to honor Pride Month.

Scheduled in-person celebrations

These Pride events are scheduled for the last week of June and beyond. Note that most of these programs, especially later this summer and fall, have not been finalized. Organizers are continuing to work through the logistics of each event with COVID-19 precautions in mind.

NYC Pride March and Queer Liberation March: June 27

The Queer Liberation March in 2020. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

NYC's Pride March will be mostly streamed online, but there will be a variety of in-person events in the West Village. On the same day, the Reclaim Pride Coalition’s Queer Liberation March, which organizers bill as a “no cops, no corporations, no politicians” event, will be held in person. The march starts at Bryant Park and finishes with a rally in the West Village.

Madrid Pride Parade: July 3

Madrid. (Photo by Alberto Sibaja/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The highlight of Madrid's Pride celebrations is the parade that takes place in downtown Madrid. This year, organizers have announced that the event will take place in person with added COVID-19 precautions. You can find more information on their website here.

Athens Pride: July through September

Greece was one of the first European countries to reopen to travelers. This year, Athens Pride will fill the entire summer. A dynamic week of events will take place during July 18-25, with the celebration aiming to culminate in a grand finale on Sept. 11.

Reykjavík Pride: Aug. 3-8

(Photo by Matte Enrico/The Points Guy)

Iceland was one of the first countries to reopen to vaccinated U.S. travelers earlier this spring. More information about this year's event can be found on Reykjavík Pride's website here.

Other notable events later this summer and fall

Here is a snapshot of some of the other in-person events happening later this year:

June may be the official Pride Month, but there's never a bad time to celebrate. While traveling to a Pride event in June may not be in the cards, some of the events happening this fall might be more accessible for visitors as destinations continue to reopen.

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