The biggest gay Pride events in the USA - ranked

Here are the biggest and best gay Pride events in the Land of the Free

America hosts some of the world’s largest and most exciting Pride parades and events. Bigger isn’t always better (no sniggering at the back), but there is something appealing about an epic Pride party. In this list, we'll also reveal the largest LGBTQ+ event ever held.

We’re going to move on swiftly so we don’t have to riff on the word “big” anymore. Here’s a look at the top five can’t-miss Pride celebrations nationwide.

1) New York City Pride

New York City is the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement, with its annual Pride March commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots. The NYC Pride March is one of the oldest and largest in the world, drawing millions of participants and spectators. The event features a week-long series of activities culminating in the parade through the heart of Manhattan. New York hosted WorldPride in 2019 attracting over four million people, making it the largest LGBTQ+ event ever held.

2) San Francisco Pride

Known for its historic roots in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, San Francisco Pride is a huge event each June, attended by hundreds of thousands. The parade runs along Market Street, from Embarcadero to Civic Center, where a massive celebration with multiple stages for live performances, speeches, and community engagement takes place. San Francisco was the home of the Gay Renaissance in the 1970s, as viewers of the film Milk will know.