Celebrating Pride Month on a Boat.

Best Places in the US to Celebrate PRIDE Month on a Boat

Written by Boatsetter Team
May 25, 2022

You’ve been eagerly anticipating PRIDE Month for weeks, and so have we! Celebrating PRIDE on a boat can be a unique and unforgettable experience. Several waterfront cities have scheduled PRIDE events this June and we’ve got plenty of boat rentals to get festivities out on the water. Here are the best places in the US to celebrate PRIDE on a boat:

  1. New York City, New York
  2. Annapolis, Maryland
  3. Chicago, Illinois
  4. San Francisco, California

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Pride parade.

Snapshot of PRIDE Month

Gay PRIDE Month (or simply PRIDE Month) is usually celebrated during June. The first PRIDE Parade was held in New York City on June 28, 1970. Today, this much-appreciated tradition continues, and every year more cities across the globe join in.

Although every PRIDE event has a different focus, they all celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Parades, street festivals, live music, and specialty offerings make each event a memorable experience.

New York City PRIDE March

This post would be no good to you if we didn’t feature the city that started it all. The New York City PRIDE March is one of the largest and most well-known PRIDE events in the world and takes place annually in June during Pride Month.

Over the years, the NYC PRIDE March has grown in size and scope, attracting hundreds of thousands of participants and spectators from around the world. The march typically features a colorful array of floats, marching bands, dance troupes, and other performers, as well as a diverse array of LGBTQ+ organizations and businesses.

Not to mention, world-class musicians and your favorite celebrities are spotted as attendees, and sometimes hosting events or as performers.

Its scope has grown to include PRIDE celebrations over the water! This year you might want to consider renting a boat to decorate and parade around. The Statute of Liberty on the water and the city embolden by gay pride is quite the view to see.

Get information on this year’s NYC PRIDE.

View available boat rentals for New York City’s Pride March

Annapolis PRIDE Parade and Festival

Most people know Annapolis as one of the East Coast’s top boating destinations, however lesser-known this city is also home to a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, and there are several events and organizations dedicated to promoting pride and inclusivity on land and over the water.

In 2018, Annapolis joined the list of cities hosting PRIDE parades and festivals led by Annapolis Pride, whose mission is to “celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, engaging local residents, businesses and groups to unite in welcoming and embracing diversity in Annapolis.”

As a proud boating city with a thriving LGBTQ community, we encourage you to hop on a boat rental to join pride on the water!

Get information about this year’s Annapolis PRIDE Parade and Festival.

View available boat rentals for Annapolis’ PRIDE fest 

Chicago PRIDE Parade

Chicago Pride.

Every year Chicago hosts an iconic PRIDE parade! Chicago’s first Pride Parade took place on June 27, 1970. It was a modest event, with just a few hundred participants marching through the streets of Lakeview, a neighborhood on the city’s North Side that has long been a hub for LGBTQ+ culture and activism.

Hard to imagine with the iconic Chicago PRIDE Parade we’ve come to know about and LOVE. If you’re looking to attend keep in mind, this is a peopled event. In recent years, organizers have estimated that the parade draws between 1 and 1.5 million people annually. Also good to know, these are some of the most lovely people you will come to know.

In the past, Chi-towns’s street festival featured DJs events, amazing deep dish pizza, LGBTQ art stands and crafts vendors, and even a pet parade.

Get information on this year’s Chicago PRIDE Parade.

View available boat rentals for Chicago’s PRIDE fest

San Francisco PRIDE Festival

San Francisco City Hall illuminated in rainbow colors for Pride Week.

San Francisco’s PRIDE Festival is one of the oldest and most well-known PRIDE events in the world. It typically features a wide variety of events and activities, including a colorful parade that winds its way through the city’s downtown area.

In addition to the festival itself, there are a variety of other events and activities that take place throughout San Francisco during PRIDE Month, including art exhibits, film screenings, lectures and panel discussions, and community outreach programs.

As a top destination for sailing, this year’s San Francisco PRIDE Festival is the perfect opportunity to extend the festivities over our waters.

Get information about this year’s San Francisco PRIDE Festival.

View available boat rentals for San Francisco’s PRIDE fest 

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