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San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride

San Francisco's annual gay pride parade draws hundreds of thousands of people to downtown San Francisco to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride. The rainbow flag, designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, symbolizes gay pride and the LGBT community's diversity. 960 1280

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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

A parade goers pose prior during the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade in Australia. The March event, which includes a parade, dance parties, fair and drag races, is one of Australia's biggest events, generating about $30 million for the state of New South Wales each year. 960 1280

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EuroPride in Madrid

EuroPride in Madrid

A man holds a gay flag during the EuroPride in Madrid. EuroPride, in the Spanish capital, marks the highlight of a week of events. The first EuroPride event took place in London in 1992. Riga, Latvia, and Amsterdam are the host cities for EuroPride in 2015 and 2016 respectively. 960 1280

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NYC Pride

NYC Pride

In New York City, a spectators can expect to see the group 'Dykes on Bikes' and parade floats that commemorate the Stonewall riots, which erupted after a 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street. The riots launched the gay-rights movement, and gave birth to the annual march that now includes 170 floats, thousands of marchers, supporters and spectators. 960 1280

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Amsterdam Gay Pride

Amsterdam Gay Pride

The Dutch LGBT community participates in the annual Gay Pride parade along the canals in Amsterdam. The city's Gay Pride celebration, held over the course of a week in August, includes separate parties and events for lesbians. Amsterdam's liberal reputation is one of the reasons why it's a top travel destination for thousands of gays and lesbians. 960 1280

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Pride Barcelona

Pride Barcelona

There's something for everyone at Pride Barcelona. Event organizers pack dozens of events into the 10-day celebration held in late June, including Pride Kids. The 2-day event is set up to provide children with the opportunity to play games and sports, and to participate in fun workshops and other activities. 960 1280

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Christopher Street Day

Christopher Street Day

People in Berlin take Christopher Street Day (CSD) seriously.  Germany and Switzerland call their Gay Pride event CSD in memory of the uprising of LGBT people against police assaults on NYC's Christopher Street in the 1960s. 960 1280

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CSD Berlin

CSD Berlin

A group of men dance on top of a float during the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin. Also known as Berlin Pride Celebration, the first CSDs took place in the city in 1979; today Berlin is the leading gay city in Europe, hosting 4 major gay festivals each year. 960 1280

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Delhi Queer Pride

Delhi Queer Pride

Members of the LGBT community and supporters march in the Delhi Queer Pride parade in New Delhi. The LGBT community demanded equal rights -- something that has slowly begun to be realized in recent years: In July 2009, the High Court of Delhi repealed Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which had previously criminalized gay rights. 960 1280

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Tokyo Rainbow Pride

Tokyo Rainbow Pride

Participants in the Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade march through the streets of Tokyo’s Shibuya district in April 2013. The parade celebrates the diversity of Japan’s LGBT community; organizers estimated about 12,000 people participated in this year’s inaugural parade. 960 1280

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Marriage Equality in France

Marriage Equality in France

People hold rainbow flags to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in France. After months of debate and hundreds of protests, France's National Assembly approved same-sex marriage on April 23, 2013, becoming the 14th country to do so. 960 1280

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Sao Paulo Gay Pride

Sao Paulo Gay Pride

Each year thousands of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people walk down Paulista Avenue for the annual Gay Pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Held in early June, the 17th annual parade attracted nearly 4 million people in 2013, making it the biggest gay parade in the world. 960 1280

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Puerto Rico Pride

Puerto Rico Pride

People march during the annual gay pride parade in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2013 brought extra reason to celebrate: The Puerto Rican House of Representatives approved bills in late May that protect LGBT people in employment, housing, governmental services and public accommodations. The new measures also add sexual orientation to Puerto Rico’s domestic violence laws. 960 1280

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Bangalore Pride

Bangalore Pride

Members of the LGBT community take part in the Bangalore “Queer Pride” Parade in December 2012. The fifth-annual parade, held in India’s third most populous city, drew more than 1,000 people last year. The celebration was organized by the Coalition for Sexual Minority Rights (CSMR), a group of lawyers and human-rights activists who first rallied together in response to police harassment of gay individuals in the city. 960 1280

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Coney Island
Coney Island

Coney Island

Coney Island is the birthplace of the world’s first roller coaster, the Switchback Railway that opened here in 1884. 960 1280

  

Coney Island

Coney Island

The original visual pleasures of New York City were old-school Vaudevillian shows, and this is a tradition that Coney Island continues with its circus sideshow acts. 960 1280

  

Coney Island

Coney Island

The Brooklyn Flyer at Coney Island is just one of the many stomach-churning rides on this famous island that’s not really an island ... it’s a peninsula! 960 1280

  

Coney Island

Coney Island

Located in the borough of Brooklyn, just an hour from Times Square, Coney Island is the Big Apple’s beach, with the most famous boardwalk in the country. 960 1280

  

Coney Island

Coney Island

Coney Island’s history goes back nearly 2 centuries when the first resort opened in 1829. It was a destination by horse and buggy, train or trolley car and an escape from the city squalor. 960 1280

  

Coney Island

Coney Island

Three hours away from Coney Island is another hot spot with a uniquely wild attitude. Welcome to the Wildwood, NJ, boardwalk … a destination with lots of swagger. 960 1280

  

Wildwood, NJ

Wildwood, NJ

For generations, Wildwood has held claim to the tallest, fastest and scariest rides around. 960 1280

  

Wildwood, NJ

Wildwood, NJ

Today, Wildwood’s boardwalk is nearly 2 miles long, and there’s no better way to start a day at Wildwood than with an epic, heart-pounding ride. 960 1280

  

Wildwood, NJ

Wildwood, NJ

Right on the southernmost tip of the New Jersey shore, just around the corner from Cape May, Wildwood is New Jersey’s top-rated beach. You can tan, splash, or scream at this ultimate summer playground. 960 1280

  

Coney Island

Coney Island

Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel was built in 1920, and it’s still rocking and rolling today. It’s one of the only Ferris wheels in the world with cars that slide from side to side as the wheel turns. 960 1280

  

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