May 05, 2010 10:33 ET Proudly Presents a Top 10 List of Gay Pride Festivals

Celebrate Pride in Style

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) - Gay pride festivals celebrate the history, diversity and culture of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities. The festivals are truly global in nature and take place worldwide., the leader in finding and publishing travel deals, presents a list of the Top 10 Gay Pride Festivals around the world which feature not only the extravagant parades but also street festivals, concerts, film festivals and more.

"Although gay pride festivals take place throughout the year, many of the events are held around June to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall riots -- a defining event in the gay rights movement. And, in fact, President Obama has declared June to be LGBT Pride Month in the United States," says Andrea Mooney, Cheapflights site editor. "So if you're looking for an open invitation to celebrate culture and diversity, consider traveling to one of these top gay pride events around the world. Participating and supporting these events not only increases awareness of the world's ever-growing gay communities, but provides the opportunity to attend some of the world's best parties!"

The following picks from's Top 10 Gay Pride Festivals around the world will be celebrated in the upcoming summer months:

San Francisco - San Francisco's Gay Pride Festival has been known to some as a rite of passage, but to all as the largest pride celebration in the United States. Stroll along Market Street on June 26-27 to experience this year's '40 and Fabulous' theme. Search and compare cheap flights to San Francisco

Amsterdam - On the weekend of August 5-8, Amsterdam will somehow manage to party harder than it usually does. Club circuit parties, street parties, and other rocking events all lead up to the ultimate Canal Parade, where spectators and supporters along Prinsengracht watch boats sail along with a swagger. Search and compare cheap flights to Amsterdam

New York - A full week of activities fills the Big Apple with eclectic and fun events all throughout the city. Beginning with a rally on June 19 and ending with a parade a week later, what happens in between is truly the most exciting and real part of the celebrations, held in a world-class city that some consider to be one of the birthplaces of modern gay rights. Search and compare cheap flights to New York

London - Celebrate Gay Pride in London during its Festival Fortnight, which takes place from June 19 - July 3. Forty years after it began, the Gay Liberation Front has encouraged London to rejoice through Oxford and Regent Street, and from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square, where speakers and performers gather. Search and compare cheap flights to London

Sao Paulo - Officially the world's largest gay pride celebration, the Sao Paulo Pride Festival attracted 3.1 million visitors in 2009, and expects to see 4 million people attend this year's event from June 3-7. An entire month of festivities gives visibility to the LGBT community, encourages recognition of their rights as citizens and builds awareness of sexual diversity in society. Search and compare cheap flights to Sao Paulo

Toronto - From June 25-July 4, Gay Pride Week brightens Toronto with exciting sights, sounds and supporters all ready to enjoy the festivities that surround one of Canada's largest art, film and cultural events. One of the most anticipated events is a free Cyndi Lauper concert in Queens Park on July 3. Search and compare cheap flights to Toronto

Berlin - One of Europe's most well-known gay-friendly cities, Berlin celebrates gay pride in two distinct events. The Lesbian and Gay City Festival, which links itself to chic bars, restaurants and hotels, hosts special events throughout Pride Week, and culminates on June 19, when Christopher Street Day takes over the city and supports gay pride. Search and compare cheap flights to Berlin

The other top Gay Pride festivals to make the list include festivities in Sydney, Miami and Las Vegas -- all worth checking out for next year as these events have already been celebrated in 2010. To read's full Top 10 List of Gay Pride Festivals around the world visit

Another festival worth mentioning is the Long Beach Pride, one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the U.S. You can arrive in style on JetBlue Airways' JetPride flight #1969. The flight departs San Francisco International Airport on May 14, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. and touches down at Long Beach Airport at 2 p.m. after a festive in-flight experience featuring pink cocktails, gift bags and other goodies, plus Australian entertainer Pam Ann, the world's most glamorous "air hostess." The special flight number commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the birth of the gay pride movement. To purchase flights, customers must contact JetBlue's JetPride desk at 888-538-2583 option 4.

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