015 will go down in history as pivotal for the LGBTQ community, and the fact that the verdict of Obergefell v. Hodges came just days before the June 28 anniversary of the Stonewall Riots made this year’s pride events a collection party for the ages.
And who says the party has to end? Take a look at any Pride calendar and you’ll quickly find out that Pride is a year-round event. There are a lot of reasons a Pride is held on a date other than the last Sunday in June. For the southern hemisphere, that’s the dead of winter. In the United States, some cities, like Philadelphia, had their own gay protests independent of the Stonewall, and so commemorate those dates. Others are more practical: The American Southwest is far too hot in summer to have a parade.
Even now, cities across the country are gearing up for their own takes on Pride, and a few are bona fide showstoppers. I’ve been to four that are worth sloppy seconds: