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The first gay pride, known then as Christopher Street Liberation Day, took place in New York City on June 28, 1970 to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots - an outburst of violent protestations by members of New York City's gay community in response to a police raid of the gay-frequented Stonewall Inn. That same weekend, similar (albeit smaller) marches took place in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. A year later, in 1971, marches began to take root in other U.S. cities like Boston, Dallas and Milwaukee, as well in cities throughout Europe like London, Paris, Stockholm and West Berlin.
In 2015, Gay Pride will be held in cities around the world; many of the events taking place in June, much as the first one had, as a nod to the Stonewall Riots that ushered in the modern gay rights movement 45 years ago.
16: Belgian Pride, Brussels, Belgium
16 & 17: Long Beach, Calif.
Pride festival headliners include Patti LaBelle and Salt N Pepa
17 - 25, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Highlights include actress Lea DeLaria as Grand Marshall and an Andrew Christian Models Party
23 & 24: Birmingham, UK
5 - 14: Boston, Mass.
Boston Pride will have Grammy Award-winning British songstress, Estelle headlining this year's event
6 & 7: Motor City Pride, Detroit, Mich.
Michigan’s largest LGBT Pride Celebration, located at the Hart Plaza, Detroit
7 - 14: Tel Aviv, Israel
10 - 14: Key West, Fla.
12 - 14: Los Angeles, Calif.
Kesha, Tamar Braxton, Ana Barbara and Fifth Harmony are all scheduled to perform
12 - 21: Shanghai, China
13: Athens, Greece
13 & 14: Portland, Ore.
15 - 21: Euro Pride, Riga, Latvia
18 - 22: Sitges, Spain
Last year, its third in existence, Sitges Pride attracted more than 45,000 attendees
18 - 28: Toronto, Canada
20: Vienna, Austria
The highlight of Vienna Pride include the Rainbow Parade on the Saturday along the Vienna Ringstrasse culminating in the "Pride Party", held in various Vienna clubs
25 - 28: Berlin, Germany
Berlin's Pride is known as Christopher Street Day to locals
26 & 27: Nashville, Tenn.
Performers for include St. Lucia, The Veronicas, MYA, Cazwell, Chad Michaels, and more
23 - 28: London, UK
Pride is London largest one-day event, and one of the world’s biggest LGBT celebrations with over 750,000 people attending last year
25 - 28: Twin Cities Pride, Minneapolis, Minn.
An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin kicks off the official four-day Twin Cities Pride Celebration, the third largest in the U.S. Also in concert: Deborah Cox, Peaches, Hunter Valentine, and MAYDA
26 - 28: New York, N.Y.
The original Pride event and home to the Stonewall Bar that started it all. The March kicks off at noon on 5th Avenue and 52nd Street to Christopher and Greenwich Streets.
Pride week ends with a dance party at Pier 54
26 - 28: Barcelona, Spain
One of the festivities involves flooding Avenida Reina Ma Cristiana with foam
27: Paris, France
27: Dublin, Ireland
27 & 28: Seattle, Wash.
27 & 28: San Francisco, Calif.
This will be the city's 45th annual celebration
1 - 4: Orgullo Madrid, Spain
The gay pride - or Orgullo in Spanish - in Madrid is one of the biggest and most popular prides in Europe. 1.5 million people attend the parade every year
3 - 5: Cologne, Germany
17 - 18: San Diego, Calif.
San Diego holds the 5th largest pride in the US and is timed in conjunction with the notorious "Zoo Party", a circuit event held annually at the world famous San Diego Zoo
25 - Aug 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands
One of the biggest pride events around the world. The parade takes place on the canals so that the floats are literally floats
27 - Aug 1: Stockholm, Sweden
10 - 16: Montreal, Canada
One of the highlights is the Post-Parade Mega T-Dance (above)