Gay Carnival Events

  • The top Gay Carnival Events 2022

    There’s nothing quite like a Carnival. After a long Winter, it’s the perfect excuse to party! From Cologne to Rio, discover the top Carnivals with significant gay events as part of their celebrations.

    The top Gay Carnivals in the world

Let’s face it, Carnival makes a long Winter bearable! It is the perfect excuse to dress up and party in some of the world’s best destinations. From the beaches of Rio to the promenades of Nice, discover the best Carnivals to attend around the world. Although not exclusively gay, the following Carnivals attract a wide and diverse audience and host significant LGBTQ+ events as part of their celebrations, where genderbending is de rigueur! 

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New Orleans Mardi Gras

New Orleans Gay Mardi Gras

From: Feb. 09.2023 - To: Feb. 22.2023
The New Orleans Gay Mardi Gras Weekend takes place from Friday to Fat Tuesday. Dates vary depending on the fall of Easter.

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Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

From: Feb. 17.2023 - To: Feb. 26.2023
Carnival is the best time to experience the pink nightlife in Tenerife's capital, Santa Cruz. The city hosts one of the biggest Carnival parties in Europe.
Bunnies on the Bayou - Houston Easter Gay Party

Bunnies on the Bayou - Houston Easter Gay Party

From: Apr. 09.2023 - To: Apr. 09.2023
Bunnies on the Bayou 2022- Houston Easter Gay Party thousands gather on the shores of Buffalo Bayou for one of the biggest annual parties in H-Town.

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Provincetown Carnival

Provincetown Carnival

From: Aug. 13.2022 - To: Aug. 20.2022
Provincetown Carnival attracts 90,000 people to the coast for this week long event in August, including a major parade, pool parties & a costume ball
Provincetown Carnival Sunset Boat Cruise

Provincetown Carnival Sunset Boat Cruise

From: Aug. 14.2022 - To: Aug. 14.2022
Kick off Carnival in style by cruising somewhere over the rainbow while the sun sets over our Provincetown.
Boatslip Resort Carnival Opening Party

Boatslip Resort Carnival Opening Party

From: Aug. 14.2022 - To: Aug. 14.2022
Kick start your celebrations with one of the most famous gay Summer carnival events at the Opening Party in PTown
PTown Carnival Pool Party at the Brass Key

PTown Carnival Pool Party at the Brass Key

From: Aug. 15.2022 - To: Aug. 15.2022
If you can only make it to one pool party this season, make it this one! Provincetown Carnival's epic pool adventure at the Brass Key is a Summer Season highlight to remember.
Carnaval Des Couleurs Montreal

Carnaval Des Couleurs Montreal

From: Oct. 06.2022 - To: Oct. 10.2022
The Carnaval Des Couleurs Montreal is a gathering and celebration of multicultural and LGBTQ + communities
Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival

From: Feb. 04.2023 - To: Feb. 21.2023
Venice Carnival will give you the opportunity to go back in time and live a daydream. It takes place each year at the end of February to early March.
Carnival Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Carnival Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

From: Feb. 07.2023 - To: Mar. 01.2024
On the island of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas Carnival is one of the oldest and most traditional festivals on the Canary Islands, filling the city streets with an explosion of colour, joy, music, and dance.
New Orleans Mardi Gras

New Orleans Gay Mardi Gras

From: Feb. 09.2023 - To: Feb. 22.2023
The New Orleans Gay Mardi Gras Weekend takes place from Friday to Fat Tuesday. Dates vary depending on the fall of Easter.
Nice Carnival

Nice Carnival

From: Feb. 10.2023 - To: Feb. 26.2023
More than 1 million people will descend upon Nice on the French Rivera for the annual Carnival festivities, one of the top 3 carnivals in the world.
Galveston Mardi Gras

Galveston Mardi Gras

From: Feb. 10.2023 - To: Feb. 22.2023
The two-week celebration is best known for its lavish parades held on the streets of the city's historic downtown and beachfront.
Curaçao Carnival

Curaçao Carnival

From: Feb. 13.2023 - To: Feb. 22.2023
The Curaçao Carnival is a unique celebration that takes over the entire Island with amazing competitions such as the Tumba music and Calypso festivals, beauty pageants, street parties
Sydney Mardi Gras

Sydney Mardi Gras

From: Feb. 15.2023 - To: Mar. 05.2023
Earth's largest gay festival, Sydney Mardi Gras takes place during Febryary and March and is one event every gay person needs to visit at least once!
Sitges Carnival

Sitges Carnival

From: Feb. 15.2023 - To: Feb. 22.2023
Sitges better known as a gay beach resort in the summer months, comes alive in February for carnival
Dusseldorf Carnival

Dusseldorf Carnival

From: Feb. 16.2023 - To: Feb. 20.2023
Along with Cologne, Düsseldorf puts on one of the largest Carnival celebrations in Germany, involving colourful costumes, parades and a series of Carnival parties and costume balls.
Cologne Carnival

Cologne Carnival

From: Feb. 16.2023 - To: Feb. 22.2023
Although Cologne Carnival is not a gay event in itself, it is very gay friendly and runs each year between February and March, depending on Easter.
Cologne Sexy Carnival Festival

Sexy Carnival Festival Cologne

From: Feb. 16.2023 - To: Feb. 19.2023
Sexy Carnival Festival takes place during the Cologne Carnival and features 3 days of the world's biggest circuit events and DJs. Unmissable.
Florianopolis Gay Carnival

Florianopolis Gay Carnival

From: Feb. 16.2023 - To: Feb. 22.2023
The Florianópolis Gay Carnival is one of Brazil's biggest LGBT events, attracting more than 50,000 visitors each year.
Malta Carnival

Malta Carnival

From: Feb. 16.2023 - To: Feb. 22.2023
Carnival in Malta is an epic event, held across the island with the main parade taking pride of place in Valetta. Pack your costumes and get ready to party
Carnaval Puerto Vallarta

Carnaval Puerto Vallarta

From: Feb. 17.2023 - To: Feb. 22.2023
Carnaval Puerto Vallarta Annual Mardi Gras parade brings together gay, straight, male, female, to celebrate the diversity of the city
Heaven Club Rio, Carnival Edition

Heaven Club Rio Carnival Edition

From: Feb. 17.2023 - To: Feb. 22.2023
Rio Carnival is one of the biggest parties in the world. Once the parades and the street parties end, the party continues late into the night and early morning at Heaven, one of the city's top gay night venues.
Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

From: Feb. 17.2023 - To: Feb. 26.2023
Carnival is the best time to experience the pink nightlife in Tenerife's capital, Santa Cruz. The city hosts one of the biggest Carnival parties in Europe.
Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival

From: Feb. 17.2023 - To: Feb. 25.2023
Rio Carnival is the worlds largest and most famous in the world. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro takes place in Feb or March, depending on when Easter falls.
Carnival Sao Paulo

Carnival Sao Paulo

From: Feb. 17.2023 - To: Feb. 25.2023
Carnival Sao Paulo, Carnival's main events takes place in the Sambadrome on the Friday and Saturday night of the week of Carnival
Tulum Carnival

Tulum Carnival

From: Feb. 17.2023 - To: Feb. 19.2023
Carnival Tulum is a colorful affair attracting thousands of visitors from all around Quintana Roo, Cancun and beyond for 3 days of parties, shows and parades
ZüriCarneval, Zurich Carnival

Zurich Carnival

From: Feb. 24.2023 - To: Feb. 26.2023
Carnival in Zurich is a serious affair, with lots of marching bands, parades and three days of partying, drinking and fun! Many of the city's famous gay bars host special events and parties during the celebration.
Finale, Mardi Gras Sydney Closing Party

Finale Mardi Gras Sydney Closing Party

From: Mar. 05.2023 - To: Mar. 05.2023
Over the last few years at Sydney Mardi Gras, Sunday has become just as popular to party as the Saturday following the parade. This dance-floor is for all those looking to get that little bit more out of their weekend.
Purim Celebrations Tel Aviv

Purim Celebrations Tel Aviv

From: Mar. 06.2023 - To: Mar. 07.2023
Purim Celebrations Tel Aviv has taken on a life of its own, and it’s celebrated by the whole nation of Israel a mashup between Halloween & Mardi Gras
Maspalomas Bear Carnival

Maspalomas Bear Carnival

From: Mar. 18.2023 - To: Mar. 23.2023
Maspalomas Bear Carnival is a large-scale bear meeting in Gran Canaria (Spain),,on during the famous Maspalomas Carnival.
Carnavall Scala Rio - Rio Carnival Gay Ball

Carnaval Scala Rio Carnival Gay Ball

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Carnavall Scala Rio Carnival Gay Ball The Red Carpet arrival gala is broadcast on television with some of the most stunning costumes on display
Pink Carnival Weekend Torremolinos

Gala Drag Queen Torremolinos

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Pink Carnival Weekend Torremolinos will feature a show of about twenty drags acts, think Lacquered wigs, shocking make-up, ostentatious costumes
Lou Queernaval, Nice Gay Carnival & Circuit Parties

Lou Queernaval Nice Gay Carnival & Circuit Parties

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Lou Queernaval is the first gay Carnival in France and takes place on the Friday during the second week of Nice Carnival, one of the world's most significant carnival events.
Revolution Rio, Carnival Edition

Revolution Rio Carnival Edition

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Celebrate Carnival with some of the hottest gay guys on the planet in Rio as the R:Evolution party hosts a spectacular series of events
Super Festas, Carnival São Paulo Circuit Weekend

Super Festas Carnival São Paulo Circuit Weekend

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Superfestas is the biggest party promoter in São Paulo and brings world-class DJs to the hottest events in the city. The Carnival weekend is one of their biggest events of the year.
Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise

Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise

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Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise canapés as the sun melts over the best stage in Sydney. This is THE event for outgoing locals & international guests
Mallorca Carnival

Mallorca Carnival

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Mallorca Carnival - Sa Rua & Sa Rueta & Easter Fira del Ram 2022 is a colourful event full of energy and life with parades and shows.
Revolution Beach Club Party, Rio

Revolution Beach Club Party Rio

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Revolution has been one of Rio's most successful party promoters over the past two decades, and their beach parties are world-famous
Carnevale, Acireale - Carnival Sicily

Carnevale Acireale - Carnival Sicily

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Carnevale is celebrated all over Sicily, but this one is one of the most famous in Italy. Acireale is just 10 minutes by train from Catania between Mount Etna and the sea.
Maspalomas Carnival

Maspalomas Carnival

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Maspalomas Carnival is one of Gran Canaria's most colourful events with parades, drag queens and sequins, as far as the eye can see! It is the perfect way to enjoy a Carnival experience without the cold, with Maspalomas welcoming visitors with temperatures averaging 22 degrees in the afternoon.
Carnival of Bogotá & El Festival de Verano

Carnival of Bogotá & El Festival de Verano

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Every year in August, the residents of Bogotá commemorate the founding of the city (August 6th) and enjoy about 200 cultural and recreational activities in the city's public parks

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