Annual gay pride events happen in cities throughout the U.S., but with so many options, of course you want to get the biggest bang for your buck. Whether you’re interested in your local Pride event or in making a gaycation out of it, here are the top 3 pride events GayTravel recommends here in the U.S.

1. San Francisco Pride

The San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the biggest pride parade in the nation and attracts people from around the world. Going on its 47th year, the celebration takes place in the famously gay-friendly city where clothing is optional and an estimated 1 in 6 attendees is gay. Whacky wardrobes are par for the course, and the event spans over an entire weekend, making this a perfect opportunity to explore the famous Castro district.

2. NYC’s Pride Island

This year, the Big Apple is taking Pride to a new level with Pride Island, featuring the biggest live music event in the history of NYC Pride. To avoid long lines and get a little added comfort, reserve VIP or Ultra Premium Cabana tickets with a group. Those looking for a more unique and budget-friendly option might want to roll up their sleeves and volunteer for NYC Pride.

3. Anchorage PrideFest

Of course, not all pride events are in major cities. For those interested in a different experience, Anchorage PrideFest's 40th annual celebration is predicted to be its biggest one yet. The entire week will be chock-full of events, including a Rainbow Run, lube wrestling and drag queen bingo. If the week leaves you craving a chance to wind down as you explore the Alaskan wilderness, we’re planning a full-service wilderness adventure at a fishing lodge starting right after PrideFest with a special rate for all GayTravel guests!

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