Here are nine of the best Pride 2024 events taking place across the continent this summer (Photo: Getty Images)

Prepare your loudest, proudest outfits: this summer is the perfect excuse to plan a holiday around a European Pride event. Here are nine of the best Pride 2024 events taking place across the continent this summer.

March past the Colosseum in Rome: June 15

The Rome Pride parade passes the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre in the world – surely one of the most iconic backdrops for a Pride parade anywhere. This year the event is also celebrating its 30th anniversary, so expect an even bigger turnout of floats, DJs and entertainers splashing colour across the Italian capital.

Sitting near the Trevi Fountain, W Rome puts you within easy walking distance of the parade, which begins at the famous Piazza della Repubblica and culminates at the Roman Forum. After a long day of celebrations, retreat to the hotel’s welcoming embrace to enjoy beautiful Sicilian food at Giano restaurant, social areas and rooftop bar sundowners.

Join the EuroPride party in Thessaloniki: 21–29 June

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EuroPride 2024, hosted in the picturesque waterside city of Thessaloniki, Greece, promises to be a vibrant and dynamic celebration of the LGBTQ+ community (Photo: Getty Images) 

EuroPride, a pan-European international event featuring a Pride parade, is hosted by a different city each year, attracting a diverse crowd of LGBTQ+ people and their allies from all across Europe. For 2024 the host city is the waterside Greek city of Thessaloniki, a popular student hub with some of the country’s best nightlife and a well-established LGBTQ+ community. The MonAsty, Thessaloniki, Autograph Collection seamlessly blends the wonders of the Byzantine era with modern comforts. Equipped with lavish rooms, relaxing spas, and an unforgettable restaurant and bar, the hotel perfectly captures the grandeur of the past while embracing the city's lively atmosphere.

Go to an intimate Pride in Hungarian capital Budapest: 22 June

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Budapest Pride boasts the largest annual Pride event in Hungary, bringing together cinema festivals, exhibitions, markets, concerts and street parties (Photo Getty Images) 

Budapest’s Pride event is more intimate in size than most on Europe’s LGBTQ+ calendar. As well as the traditional parade, with a myriad of floats and thousands of marching locals, there's a range of events to explore, such as the ‘LGBT Rights in a Diverse Hungary’ exhibition at the City Hall Park. When the Pride fun is over, recharge on your comfy bed at W Budapest, housed in a historic building that has been updated with a modern sense of sophistication, including a sleek subterranean spa and fusion cuisine.

Kick off a big Parisian summer with the city’s Pride festival: 29 June

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Experience the romance of Paris at the vibrant LGBTQ+ Pride festival in the heart of the French capital (Photo: Getty Images) 

With the arrival of prestigious sporting events, everyone’s talking about Paris this summer. But Pride hits the French capital first, with half a million people anticipated to gather for the event, which always has a wonderfully vibrant atmosphere. Following the parade, there’s free live music at the Place de la Republique. Unwind at Moxy Paris Bastille, where there are games, small plates and craft cocktails behind the bar to stretch out the celebrations long after the public event has finished.

Experience Irish hospitality and Pride celebrations in Dublin: 29 June

Woman at Irish Pride Festival

The Irish Pride parade journeys through the city centre and typically welcomes over 60,000 LGBTQ+ people and their allies (Photo: Getty Images) 

The Irish are famous for their warmth and hospitality, and the biggest Pride event on the island of Ireland is no exception. The Irish Pride parade journeys through the city centre from O’Connell Street to Merrion Square, and typically welcomes over 60,000 LGBTQ+ people and their allies. This year campaigning focuses on diversity, inclusion and belonging for LGBTQ+ people in the workplace, and there’s a free community and culture festival. Stay at Moxy Dublin City, a gorgeously colourful hotel an easy walk from the main attractions.

Dance the night away in atmospheric Barcelona: July 15

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Approximately a quarter of a million LGBTQ+ people and their allies enjoy Barcelona's Pride celebrations every year (Photo: Getty Images) 

Barcelona‘s Pride event is the biggest in the Mediterranean. Some 250,000 people join the city's parade, which skirts through this architecturally and atmospherically stunning destination. The Catalan capital has some of the best LGBTQ+ venues and a brilliantly welcoming crowd who are famous for keeping the dance floor populated until the small hours. Lay your head at Moxy Barcelona with its cool industrial-chic feel – think polished concrete and neon decorating the bar – or opt for W Barcelona, which has perfected a refined ambience that's sure to soothe after a long night on the tiles.

Float away with the Canal Parade in Amsterdam: 27 July – 4 August

Amsterdam Pride celebrations throng its iconic canals and riversides, with a range of activities for all to enjoy (Photo: Getty Images) 

At Amsterdam Pride, the floats actually do float – and down the city’s iconic canals, too. Aside from the activity along and around the waterways, there’s a wealth of activities to enjoy, from music to open-air cinema at the Vondelpark, where film screenings run all summer. Afterwards, experience life in Amsterdam’s oldest working harbour with a stay at Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens, which offers a 24-hour bar, great views across the city and handsome waterfront strolls. Alternatively, treat yourself to a rooftop pool with more of those stunning city views at W Amsterdam.

Party with a boundary-pushing crowd in Berlin: 27 July

Young partygoers, Berlin Pride

Berlin Pride, also known as Christopher Street Day (CSD) Berlin, is one of the largest and most vibrant Pride celebrations in Europe (Photo: Getty Images)

The German capital has always had a reputation for boundary-pushing culture and fashion, and the city is a huge beacon for queer people who celebrate the city’s progressive ideology. Berlin’s parade ends at the famous Brandenburg Gate, before the ‘Berlin CSD’ – as the Pride event is called – disbands into dozens of parties across the city. Expect boat parties, live music and art, and speeches from influential LGBTQ+ people up until midnight, when crowds hang around at the Brandenburg Gate. Sink into your bed at Moxy Berlin Humboldthain Park or Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof, which both offer stylish, modern stays that reflect the creativity of this incredible city.

Celebrate with one of the UK’s best LGBTQ+ scenes in Manchester: 23–26 August

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Manchester boasts one of the UK's biggest and best LGBTQ+ scenes, with the iconic Canal Street serving as its beating heart (Photo: Gettty Images) 

Manchester has one of the UK’s most flourishing LGBTQ+ scenes, with Canal Street offering dozens of bars for the queer community. Brilliant at any time of year, with its pretty waterside venues, Canal Street plays a central role in the city’s Pride event, hosting the Gay Village Party, which this year includes performances from Eurovision’s Loreen and Jessie J. There’s a truly local feel to Manchester’s celebrations and it’s lovely that the big party takes place in one neat little part of town. The place to go after all the fun is Moxy Manchester City, which does what all good hotels do: it matches your mood, serving good coffee and casual vibes by day and punchy cocktails by night, with comfy beds awaiting upstairs. 

Remember, too, that Pride in London returns on 29 June – a great opportunity to explore the city's LGBTQ+ scene. There are brilliant bars, clubs and event spaces all across the capital, ranging from venues in east London staging more experimental drag and comedy shows, to the famous gay bars of Old Compton Street in Soho. Some of those, like Admiral Duncan, have been around for 40 years, and have become historical landmarks earmarking where the city's LGBTQ+ history began. London also has a wealth of alternative events, including talks and tours at the Science Museum, British Museum and Queer Britain, Britain's first LGBTQ+ museum.

Whether you’re taking a stand or just getting together with friends, have a brilliant Pride this year.


Published: June 06, 2024

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