This weekend we’re honouring all kinds of couples – the Mr & Mrs Smiths, the Mr & Mr Smiths, and the Mrs & Mrs Smiths. To do so, we’ve switched things up and tweaked our standard logo. That’s because we’re proud to provide unforgettable experiences for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification. You’ll always be welcome at our hotels, whoever you are, no matter who shares your hotel room.
Also, because we’re prone to flights of festive travel, we’ve rounded up some of the weekend’s pride events in major cities around the globe. Be proud and bon voyage!
London Who doesn’t love a parade? But in addition to the weekend’s main event (which, by the way, happens on Saturday 25 June), there’s a four-hour lip-sync-a-thon at Bloc Bar in Camden Town. The fierce fake singing kicks off on Saturday at 5pm… no queen is safe and no song is off limits.
New York Don your biggest wig, most bedraggled fishnets and highest platforms for a drag-centric brunch. It all goes down at Señor Frogs in Times Square… ok wait! We can explain. Here’s one event that actually makes braving the 42nd Street crowds worth it (trust us). There’s an open bar, live music, loads of food and performers from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Sashay as you gorge on chips and salsa.
San Francisco After the parade on Sunday 26 June, make your way to Civic Center for a day full of performances. Check out a David Bowie tribute from Bay Area-based band Bluebird, plus a drag performance by Carnie Asada, and electropunk tunes from Peaches.
Mexico City After the city’s own pride parade on the 25th – that’s la marcha del orgullo in español, FYI – let (even more) loose at after party Bananarama. If the name doesn’t set the tone, the theme, which is ‘festishes’, certainly will.
Paris Revel in old-school hits like ‘Lowrider’ and ‘Insane in the Brain’ when Cypress Hill takes to the stage on Sunday 26 June. The concert is part of Solidays – a full weekend of music to benefit the fight against AIDS.
Shanghai Butter up your popcorn – or more appropriately, hit the concession stand for some kimchi – and sit back for a weekend of free movies. The 10-day ShanghaiPRIDE film festival continues through Sunday.
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