The festivities are upon us once again, so prepare to hit the streets and celebrate all things LGBT

Whether you’re a Pride veteran or a newcomer to the party, the time has come to grab a glittering slice of this year’s action. To get you in the mood, here are just a few of the world’s most colourful parades, along with the top Instagrammers who are always in the thick of it…

NYC Pride (23rd - 28th June)

Since it first launched in 1970, Pride Parade has grown into one helluva popular party (more than a million people rocked up in 2014). Organised by Heritage of Pride, the main events include The March, PrideFest, the Dance on the Pier and The Rally, which commemorates the Stonewall riots – Google it, it’s important.

Who to follow on Instagram: @kat_in_nyc @fashion @takinyerphoto 

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Gay Pride Barcelona (26th - 28th June)

The hottest Pride Festival in the Mediterranean, Gay Pride Barcelona is set to take over this city’s streets, so head downtown for an outrageous flurry of people, performers and floats. Not for the faint-hearted (but which Pride experience ever is?) the main party will last until the wee hours. 

Who to follow on Instagram: @ovunno @sushidetortilla 

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Madrid Pride (1st - 5th July)

Madrid’s Pride festival is not to be missed. A melting pot of high spirits and free culture, MADO’s cultural festival combines theatre, film, literature, fine arts and comedy. Basically, it’s sexed up sophistication. The main party area, Chueca, is a real highlight. Whips and water fights included.

Who to follow on Instagram: @philgonzalez @luison 

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Gay Pride Brazil 

Parada do Orgulho Gay GLBT de Sao Paulo (also known as The Sao Paulo Gay Pride) entered the Guinness Book of Records in 2006 for the world’s biggest Gay Pride celebration. Almost 2.5 million people attended the event that year, now almost a decade ago, so we can only imagine what 2015 has in store…

Who to follow on Instagram: @fabsgrassi @fredbandeira @gmateus

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Pride in London

Whether you live in the Big Smoke or just happen to be visiting, make sure you have your feather boas, heels and sequined Speedos at the ready. Why? Because this city’s biggest one-day event and one of the world’s most extravagent LGBT celebrations is about to commence! Expect Cabaret and much more.

Who to follow on Instagram: @danrubin  @mrwhisper  @greatarsenal

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