A whirlwind of rainbows, showers of glitter, streams of bubbles and pulsating dance beats – what’s not to love? You can literally feel the love, joy and support emanating from these vibrant Pride Festival Photos. After all, the whole festival is to celebrate the freedom to love whomever naturally inhabits your heart and a designated time for the LGBTQ community to show the world that they are present and okay with who they are – even if society as a whole is a step behind. Pride festivals also welcome supporters as a demonstration of solidarity. All you have to do is go, enjoy the day and not be a jerk.

Please enjoy these pride festival photos from parades in Vancouver 2013 and New York City 2014. Both were beautiful days in big cities, where couples of all gender combinations happily held hands, waved flags and felt unencumbered in the safe space that they had created.

Pride Festival Photos

Pride Festival Photos

Pride Festival Photos

Pride Festival Photos

Pride Festival Photos

Pride Festival Photos

Pride Festival Photos

Pride Festival Photos

Pride Festival Photos