Gay Pride Season in Review: Budapest, Essex, Madrid

Author: , July 7th, 2013

Gay PrideMore pride event reviews coming in from around the world.

Budapest Pride 2013

Although it was much smaller, Budapest Pride in Hungary was also successful this year. O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da reports:

Today Budapest celebrated its 18th annual Gay Pride Parade. The Budapest Pride Film & Cultural Festival 2013 has been held on the first Saturday of July every year since 1997. This year’s seems to be wildly successful as HVG.HU reported: “The Andrassy Avenue, about eight thousand people marched in LMBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) people jogegyenl\0x0151segeert. This is the biggest Budapest Pride.”

Essex Pride 2013

Gay Web Source reviews Essex Pride 2013:

This is the first year that Essex has had a 2 day pride since the original “Chelmsford Pride” in 2003. In true ‘the only way is Essex’ style the community of Essex came out and ‘glamped it up’ regardless of the rain. Note however, I don’t glamp… so when it rained I ran for the nearest beer tent… Based in Chelmsford’s Central Park Essex Pride consisted of community tents housing local sponsors and services, a main open air stage and a large dance tent (that housed the bar). On the main stage we saw performances from local singers, old favorite’s and even a national dance troop. Music performances were also put on from the very classic Booty Luv and vocalist Angie Brown.

Madrid Pride 2013

Gay Star News reports that more than a million people came to the Pride celebration in the capital of Spain:

According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, two of the country’s leading LGBT rights groups Cogam and the Spanish LGBT Federation (FELGTB) estimated 1.2 million people from Spain, Europe and the world over took to Madrid’s streets in celebration of gay pride. El Pais transmitted a live broadcast of the parade on its website, narrating through the throngs of people who came out to celebrate this year’s pride themed Youth Without Closets.

Essex: UK’s Gay Cruising Capital

Author: , January 12th, 2013

The county of Essex has been crowned the “Randiest Place in Britain” by TheGayUK, which examined page-view numbers on all its cruising pages.

Made famous by the UK version of Jersey Shore, The Only Way Is Essex–the town was followed by Surrey, Cumbria and Glasgow in second, fifth and tenth place, respectively.

TheGayUK is a nonprofit site providing businesses, accommodations and other listings for Britain’s LGBT community.

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Ontario, Canada: Windsor-Essex Courting the Gay Travel Market

Author: , April 27th, 2012

Canada: Windsor-Essex Courting the Gay Travel MarketOfficials and business leaders from Windsor-Essex are courting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tourists. Travel Gay Canada, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture have partnered to establish LGBT tourist destinations in the province. Windsor is one of them.

The three organizations say the LGBT group could bring a lot of money to the region. According to those luring the group to the area, they also tend to be “brand-loyal.” That means if they come and have an enjoyable time, they tend to come back again and again.

“Windsor-Essex has so many wonderful experiences and attractions that appeal to the LGBT market,” said Darell Schuurman, the executive director of Travel Gay Canada.

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