In a year that our political leaders are taking us 300 years back in time we need to go out and dance as loud and united as we can. The aim for equality most be a every day practice for all of us. Here is a pick of 12 gay events that will connect us with our brothers and sisters around the globe this year. Pick one and bring your friends, your lovers and your family and dance for the rights to be free, respected and celebrated. See you around the world!
One of the top things you should do before you die. The hottest men on earth, with African-Brazilian music, and their Brazilian Goddess Ivete Sangalo singing for eternity…literally, she is singing for 4 days, non-stop…you think Madonna is a thing? Check out this woman. I have never felt more joy in my life. It sounds dramatic but it is one of those things that is hard to describe with words. So you might as well go and experience it for yourself. I will be working on an extensive article about my experience in Carnival in Salvador…coming soon…
The reason why I moved to Australia! The biggest gay celebration in this part of the world. On March 4, thousands of Australians get together around Oxford street to celebrate the biggest and most colorful gay parade of the country. After the Parade everyone heads up to what is promised to be the most epic party of Sydney. Once a year the closing party of Mardi Gras brings over 12,000 party-goers from all around the world. This will be my first year at Mardi Gras, so I will make sure to take some amazing pictures and videos for all of you. In the meantime, enjoy a video from the wonderful and talented Vincent Rommelaere…
If Mardi Gras is the biggest gay party of Oceania, this is the biggest gay party of Asia! Taking as an excuse Thailand’s New Year celebration, gCircuit family have been throwing this incredible, 4-day, non-stop dance festival for the last 10 years. Last year the event brought more than 50,000 guys! Want to see how epic it is?
Speaking of taking things to the next level, Brazil brings us the biggest gay parade in the world with an established world Guinness record since 2006! Each year over 400,000 tourists come to Sao Paolo to walk for 3 miles (4.4 km) of Avenida Paulista, next to 3 million proud Brazilians. With a whole month packed with partying and events, the most anticipated day is the parade. Even though Sao Paolo has one of the biggest night clubs in South America, The Week, if you are planning to go get your ticket before hand. As you can imagine, it sells out pretty fast. Brazil events are made to be lived and not recorded, if you try to bring a camera it will be stolen; this is the reason you can’t find any good videos of Carnival or this Parade. But don’t let that hold you back…just leave it at your hotel and you will be fine.
On June 9 one of my favorite prides in the world takes place. What makes Tel Aviv pride so special? The guys. For 4 hours, you and 200,000 guys are walking in their speedos next to the beach, splashing like fish from the water into the parade, and from the parade into the water to join a closing party right at the end of the beach with the hottest guys from the Middle East. What else you need in this world? Home of our dear Papa Party host, Eliad Cohen, you can be sure you will remember the pride parties. “Tel Aviv ya habibi Tel Aviv” will be stuck in your head for eternity and you will not be mad about it. Let me just show you the video of last year’s parade…
June 23- July 2
Sao Paolo can be the biggest gay parade, but Madrid is my favorite gay parade in the world so far. Have been lucky to go for two years now, but if possible I would go every single year. Madrileños have mastered the parade and festivities, with an incredibly organized and civil event. What I love so much about this one is that you don’t have barricades dividing performers and spectators, the entire city dresses in rainbow and goes out to the street to walk together and show their love and support of the community. It almost doesn’t feel like a gay pride; it’s more of a love pride. Don’t be surprised by the amount of families with their kids all over the city. Madrid’s sense of freedom and celebration is an overwhelming one; no wonder it is the favorite of any one that goes. Did I mention that this year’s promotional video for the event brought me tears of joy?
Berlin pride is not as exciting as the other parades that I have shared in this list, but their parties…here, it’s really about the party. No one in the world parties like a German, and maybe the reason why is that in no other part of the world is there a 24/7 club with an ice cream store inside. Berghain, the best techno club in the world, is a massive industrial building with many rooms and many things happening inside of it…imagine Alice falling through the hole; you will surely meet the Mad Hatter at the other side. They say that to experience the magic of the place you need to be there at least 12 hours…I was there 18. Famous also for their strict door policy, the Sunday after the parade is considered a gay event and almost everyone has a free pass that day. But don’t dress like a journalist; if you don’t look cool and low-key they will turn you away. Try to go between 1:00 and 4:00 pm to secure entrance.
Beach, sunset, party, beach, sunset, party, repeat. Xlsior takes you to a 4-day reunion of all the Circuit guys you’ll meet at all the other parades. It really feels like a reunion. The good thing is, if you don’t feel like partying here you can get on a motorcycle, find a boy, and have a romantic weekend on a Greek island. With one of the most iconic sunsets of the world, you will be dancing with the top Circuit lovers. See how Xlsior festival ruined the life of this poor fisherman…
Not an event, not a parade, not a festival…an alternative way of living. To be honestly celebrated for who you are is one the best gifts this place gives to its participants. The experience was so profound that I have been sober ever since. I still get high…but with life. Every year a city of 70,000 people is built from nothingness, in the middle of the desert, and on the last day everything must go. In here, everyone coexists with each other under 10 principles. Every single human being should have this experience at least once. Here are the principles:
- Radical Inclusion Anyone may be a part of Burning Man.
- Gifting Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
- Decommodification In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising.
- Radical Self-reliance Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
- Radical Self-expression
- Communal Effort
- Civic Responsibility
- Leaving No Trace
- Immediacy Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
One of the best nights to be in New York City, no doubt. It’s incredible how its millions of residents take this day so seriously, and pretty much everyone goes out with the mindset of having an epic night. I lived in New York for 5 years and Halloween was, by far, my favorite party night. The weekend of, there will be over a dozen queer-gay parties going on around the entire city, from Manhattan to Brooklyn. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for an old warehouse or a fancy club, you will find the perfect spot for you. Finally, you’ll be able to put on all that makeup, the high heels, and wings that you’ve been hiding in the closet all year!
Honk Kong has been celebrating its gay parade since 2008 and homosexuality is legal since 1991, but they still don’t have legal recognition of same-sex relationships and the protection against discrimination is very limited. If planning to visit this capital of the world try to make it around this time so you can stand in line and fight for the rights of our fellow Asian brothers. The fight in the West seems to be moving forward, but there are still other places in the world that needs our activism and energy. Let’s all go to Hong Kong this year!
December 28- January 2
Went this year for the first time and it completely blew my mind. By far the best new year gay celebration in the world. This event brings all the gays, from all around Australia, together into a field in the northern valleys of New South Whales, and for four days people are camping and dancing together every night. The days are for hiking, the rivers, and the nearby beach, and the nights are for partying, cabarets, drag queen pageants, and foam pools. Come with all your friends and have a wonderful New Year the Aussie way!
Well…That was fun 🙂
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