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List of largest LGBT events

The list presents the largest LGBT events ( pride parades and festivals) worldwide by attendance. Statistics are announced both by the organizers and authorities (police). In this table, the largest single event by city as well as notable international events such as WorldPride or Europride are indicated. Only referenced statistics are accepted. National parades are generally further supported by nationwide LGBT associations and medias. Certain statistics may include celebrations or festivals that may be exclusive of the parade. They are typically held in late June, in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots.

As of 2022, the NYC Pride March in New York City, considered an epicenter of the global LGBTQIA+ sociopolitical ecosystem, is consistently North America's biggest pride parade, with 2.1 million attendees in 2015 and 2.5 million in 2016; [1] in 2018, and again in 2023, [2] attendance was estimated around two million, [3] increasing back up to 2.5 million in 2024. [4] During Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019 in Manhattan, over 5 million took part over the final weekend, [5] [6] with an estimated four million in attendance at the parade. [7] [8]

The São Paulo Gay Pride Parade in Brazil is South America's largest event, and was listed by Guinness World Records as the world's largest Pride parade in 2006 with 2.5 million people. [9] It broke the Guinness record in 2009 with four million attendees, [10] with similar numbers to at least 2016, [11] and up to five million attending in 2017. [1] [12] As of 2019, it had three to five million each year. [13]

Pride Toronto is the largest pride event in Canada. In Asia, Taiwan Pride and Tokyo Rainbow Pride in Japan are Asia's largest pride events.

As of June 2019, the largest LGBTQ events in other parts of the world included:

Brooklyn Liberation March, the largest transgender rights demonstration in LGBTQ history, took place on June 14, 2020, stretching from Grand Army Plaza to Fort Greene, Brooklyn in New York City, and focused on supporting Black transgender lives, drawing an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 participants. [16] [17]

On September 7, 2019, London hosted the largest ever Bi Pride celebration, Bi Pride UK, with more than 1,300 people in attendance.

All-time statistics

Rank City Support Year Organizers' statistics Authorities' statistics Type
1 United States New York City WorldPride 2019 4,000,000 [18] 5,000,000 [19] March/Festival
2 Brazil São Paulo Local 2011 4,000,000 [20] Parade
3 Spain Madrid WorldPride 2017 3,500,000 [21] 2,300,000 [22] Festival
4 United States New York City Local 2024 2,500,000 [4] March
5 Canada Toronto Local 2023 2,400,000 [23] March/Festival
6 Spain Madrid EuroPride 2007 2,300,000 [24] Festival
7 United States New York City Local 2016 2,100,000+ [25] [26] 2,500,000 [27] March
8 (tie) Argentina Buenos Aires Local 2023 2,000,000 [28] March
8 (tie) United States New York City Local 2023 2,000,000 [2] March
8 (tie) United States New York City Local 2018 2,000,000 [3] March
11 United States San Francisco Local 2014 1,700,000 [29] Parade/Festival
12 United States San Francisco Local 2019 1,700,000 [30] Parade/Festival
13 Spain Madrid Local 2019 1,600,000 [31] Parade
14 Spain Madrid Local 2016 1,500,000 [32] Parade
15 (tie) Germany Cologne EuroPride 2002 1,400,000 [33] Parade
15 (tie) Germany Cologne Local 2023 1,400,000 [34] Parade/Festival
17 Canada Toronto Local 2012 1,220,000 [35] Festival
18 (tie) Germany Cologne Local 2022 1,200,000 [36] Festival
18 (tie) Germany Cologne Local 2019 1,200,000 [36] Parade
20 Germany Cologne Local 2018 1,200,000 [37] Parade
21 Spain Madrid National 2012 1,200,000 [38] 700,000 [38] Parade
22 United Kingdom London National 2019 1,500,000+ [39] Parade
23 United States Chicago Local 2016 1,000,000+ [40] Parade
24 United States San Francisco Local 2015 1,000,000+ [41] Parade/Festival
25 Germany Berlin National 2012 1,000,000 Parade
26 Germany Cologne Local 2013 1,000,000 [42] 900,000 [42] Parade
27 Italy Rome EuroPride 2011 1,000,000 [43] Festival
28 France Paris National 2010 800,000 [44] 100,000 [44] Parade
29 United States Houston Local 2017 750,000 [45] Parade
30 United Kingdom London Local 2014 750,000 [46] Parade
31 United States Boston Local 2019 750,000 [47] Parade
32 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Local 2011 700,000 [48] Parade
33 Netherlands Amsterdam Local 2014 560,000 [49] 450,000 [50] Parade
34 United States Denver Local 2019 525,000 [51] Parade & Festival
35 United States Columbus Local 2019 750,000 [52] Parade and Festival
36 Argentina Buenos Aires National 2019 500,000 [53] [54] Parade
37 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Local 2010 500,000 [55] Parade
38 Mexico Mexico City National 2010 500,000 [56] Parade
39 United Kingdom Brighton Local 2018 450,000 [57] 450,000 [58] [59] Parade & Festival
40 United States Los Angeles Local 2015 400,000 [60] Parade
41 United States Minneapolis Local 2016 400,000 [61] Festival
42 United States San Diego Local 2019 360,000 [62] Parade/Festival
43 Germany Berlin Local 2022 350,000 [63] Parade/Festival
44 United States Atlanta Local 2018 300,000 [64] Parade & Festival
45 Australia Sydney Local 2020 300,000 [65] [66]
Largest: 500,000 (1993) [67] [68]
Parade
46 Canada Montreal Local 2012 290,000 [69] Parade
47 Australia Melbourne Local 2020 261,806 [70] 264,895 [71] Parade & Festival
48 Israel Tel Aviv Local 2019 250,000 [72] Parade & Festival
49 United States St. Petersburg Local 2019 265,000 [73] Parade & Festival
50 Italy Rome WorldPride 2000 250,000 [74] Parade
51 United States New Orleans Local 2019 250,000 [75] Parade & Festival
52 Israel Tel Aviv Local 2018 250,000 [76] Parade
53 United States Charlotte Local 2019 200,000 [77] [78] Parade & Festival
54 Brazil Belo Horizonte Local 2019 200,000 [79] 200,000 [79] Parade
55 Argentina Buenos Aires National 2012 200,000 [80] Parade
56 Austria Vienna National 2023 300,000 [3] Parade
57 Japan Tokyo Local 2019 200,000 [81] [82] Parade & Festival
58 Taiwan Taipei National 2019 200,000 [83] Parade
59 United States Miami Local 2018 180,000 [84] Parade & Festival
60 Germany Hamburg Local 2018 180,000 [85] Parade
61 Germany Munich Local 2018 160,000 [86] Parade
62 Italy Palermo National 2013 150,000 [87] 135,000 [88] Parade
63 Belgium Brussels Local 2023 150,000 [89] 100,000 [90] Parade & Festival
64 Canada Ottawa Local 2019 125,000 [91] Festival
65 Denmark Copenhagen Local 2014 120,000 [92] Parade
66 South Korea Seoul National 2018 120,000 [93] Parade & Festival
67 Belgium Brussels National 2022 120,000 [90] Parade & Festival
68 Philippines Quezon City Local 2023 110,752 [94] 110,752 [94] Festival
69 Turkey Istanbul Local 2014 100,000 [95] March
70 Colombia Bogotá Local 2023 100,000 [96] March

See also

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