7 Underrated But Colorful Pride Parades To Attend In 2024

Millions attend Pride parades in big cities and smaller towns to celebrate the LGBTQ+ scene, but these fun, underrated parades are worth it.

Also known as pride marches, pride events, and pride festivals, Pride parades are where people of various orientations and genders come together to celebrate who they are. Since June 1970, LGBTQ+ people have continued to gather together in June to march with pride about who they are.

These events are in solidarity with and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, and queer (LGBTQ) acceptance, achievements, legal rights, and, of course, pride. The movement has gathered momentum over the years to the extent that Virgin Atlantic launched a ‘Pride Flight’, entirely staffed by LGBTQ+ crew in 2018.

Pride parades today are vibrant affairs with floats and celebrities, joyous festivals, and workshops. Every year since 1970, many colorful places across America celebrate the event with fun, flamboyant, wild, and boisterous festivities.

Last year, there were many fantastic places to celebrate pride all across the country. In 2024, popular destinations will continue hosting Pride parades in June, which are sure to get all the crowds. However, these underrated, yet equally colorful parades will also be worth visiting.

### 7. Minneapolis, Minnesota

The 52nd annual Twin Cities Pride Festival will be held at Loring Park and Parade Park in Minneapolis. It is Minnesota’s second-largest festival and the largest FREE Pride festival. However, Grandstand passes are available for a more personal experience. With over 650 vendors, including LGBTQIA+ & BIPOC community resources, the event features several stages and performances, including some big-name acts.

### 6. Austin, Texas

Summer is a great time to visit Austin. Outdoor activities are the name of the game, such as kayaking Lady Bird Lake or cooling off in one of the many swimming holes in Austin. These activities enable folks to take a refreshing dip and beat the heat. But summer also brings the colorful fun and festivities of the Pride Parade.

### 5. Denver, Colorado

From the stunning scenery of Red Rocks Park to educational experiences at the Aquarium, Zoo, and Museum, the mile-high city of Denver has plenty for visitors to do and experience. Come June, another event in Denver holds the attention of the country.

### 4. Charlotte, North Carolina

Known for NASCAR and the financial services industry, Charlotte surprisingly offers plenty of free things for visitors. The vibrant and colorful Pride Festival and Parade is one of them, as it returns to Uptown Charlotte in 2024, with a week full of events leading up to the main event.

### 3. Phoenix, Arizona

The Phoenix Pride Parade in 2024 brings over 2,000 individual participants with decorated vehicles, colorful floats, and thousands of walkers to celebrate the city’s diverse LGBTQ+ and allied communities. With over 15,000 spectators, the Parade features the city’s Grand Marshals, local luminaries, and lots of music.

### 2. Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine, is a hip coastal city with diverse attractions and every little bit of fun to offer. The Pride Festival & Parade in Portland is not just an event; it’s a community-driven celebration. It’s powered by the passion and contributions of our community members, making it an exceptional experience. The parade starts from Monument Square and ends at Deering Oaks Park, where the festival is held.

### 1. Buffalo, New York

Buffalo Pride is more than just a parade and festival; it’s a vibrant celebration where the entire Buffalo community, including the LGBTQ+ community and families, come together to honor and embrace LGBTQ+ culture and identity. The Parade and Festival, held on the first Sunday of each June, starts with the parade from Elmwood at Forest Avenue and is free and open to all.