An estimated 1 million people pack Times Square to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, but the NYC Pride March draws the largest annual crowd for the city, boasting 2.5 million spectators in a normal year and more than 5 million during 2019’s WorldPride celebration. Pride events flood the Big Apple for the entire month of June, as they do in several cities across the country, bringing marches, symposiums, performances, parties and more to venues citywide.
Outside of the United States, pride is celebrated on all six inhabited continents and even made its way to the Middle East, where week-long Tel Aviv Pride culminates in a family-friendly parade drawing an estimated 250,000 revelers. Asia’s largest event takes place in Taipei, Taiwan, attracting 200,000 viewers to a parade that shares the road with regular traffic, which means it’s technically possible for anyone to join. Tokyo Rainbow Pride boasts a similar attendance and offers more of the glitzy (and commercial) parade floats and costumes most expect, but few international pride events are as showy as Sydney Mardi Gras in Australia’s capital. This year’s host of WorldPride, Sydney Mardi Gras remains the state’s second-largest economic driver on the annual events calendar and includes plenty of parties, drag “Olympics” at Bondi Beach, a film festival and, of course, an over-the-top parade.
In South America, Brazil draws the largest crowd with the São Paulo Gay Pride Parade, breaking the Guinness World Record for attendance multiple times and topped only by Carnaval in economic impact on the capital, once rated best city in Latin America for the LGBTQIA+ community. African pride events are unfortunately limited to cities only in South Africa, where gay marriage has been legal since 2006, though these lean decidedly more political and somber than celebratory. Caribbean pride events are similarly scarce, with most falling under the umbrella of private events hosted at resorts, but Curaçao celebrates 10 years of Curaçao Pride this summer with a multiday calendar of joyful programming in June.
Once you’ve boarded Regent’s Seven Seas Grandeur, it is immediately apparent this recently launched cruise ship delivers what the name promises. Jewel box opulence dominates in most of the public areas, while quiet luxury teamed with clever function defines the cabins (save for the individually decorated top-tier suites). The ship, designed by internationally acclaimed Studio DADO and constructed by Ancona, Italy, ship builder Fincantieri, holds up to 746 guests and is serviced by a staff of 548 for optimal passenger-to-staff service.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
The St. Regis San Francisco recently debuted a Lunar New Year-themed The Art of Tea to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Available for only a few more days, through Feb. 25, the afternoon menu boasts Asian-inspired sweet and savory items, a selection of tea and a complimentary welcome toast with Champgane Lallier R.018.
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After a stressful pre-holiday season and a busy work schedule, there was no better time for a relaxing spa experience than during my recent trip to Pasadena with the FXExpress Publications, Inc. team. We headed to The Langham Huntington, Pasadena for the 20th anniversary of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, which meant a jam-packed trip, but I managed to carve a little time out of our busy schedule to visit Chuan Spa at the hotel.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
Keep New Year’s resolutions going with a stay at The Westin Tempe. The hotel recently launched a wellness stay offer in partnership with Lululemon. The limited-time Lululemon In-Room Fitness Experience includes accommodations in a guestroom equipped with a Lululemon-branded yoga mat and yoga block.