June marks the 47th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a momentous event in the history of LGBT rights widely regarded as the catalyst for the gay liberation movement. The uprising by the gay community in response to police raids sparked the formation of civil rights groups across the US, most notably the Gay Liberation Front. More than 40 years on, millions of people around the world will commemorate and celebrate the milestone with colourful festivals and parades.
IBTimes UK takes a look at some of the biggest and best LGBT pride festivals worldwide:
A drag queen and dancers attend the annual LGBT Pride Parade in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv in June 2016
Erik Sudduth hugs Sam Branman after proposing to him during New York's Gay Pride Parade on 28 June 2015. The parade ran two days after the Supreme Court's landmark decision guaranteeing nationwide gay marriage rights.
Masked women face each other during a pride parade in Istanbul, as part of the Trans Pride Week 2014
People take part in the annual LGBT Pride Parade on 27 June 2015 in Dublin
Police officers take part in the annual Pride in London Parade on 27 June 2015. Pride in London is one of the world's biggest LGBT celebrations, with thousands taking part across the city.
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in San Salvador on 27 June 2015.
Participants dance during an LGBT Pride Parade as part of the "Korea Queer Festival" in Seoul on 28 June 2015. Thousands of participants of South Korea's annual gay pride parade marched across central Seoul, South Korea.
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Filipino members and supporters of the LGBT community take part in an annual LGBT Pride march in 2015 calling for equal rights for LGBT people in Manila
Revelers protest against Brazilian interim President Michel Temer during the 20th LGBT Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 29 may 2016. The theme was "Gender identity law, NOW! Everyone together against transphobia!"
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Around 10,000 people took part in the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade in Sydney on 5 March 2016.
People take part in the annual LGBT pride march on 27 June 2015 in Paris, France
Participants in the WorldPride Parade dance on a float as the parade makes its way down a street in Toronto, Canada
People hold a rainbow flag as they take part in the annual Gay Pride Parade in Durban, South Africa, in June 2015
People pose for photos during the Pride Parade in Tokyo. About 3,000 people took part in the annual gay parade in 2015.
A man poses for photos during the annual Taipei Gay Pride in Taiwan. It is one of Asia's largest gay pride parades.
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Hundreds of thousands of participants attend the Christopher Street Day parade in front of the Brandenburger in 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Christopher Street Day is an annual European LGBT celebration held in various cities across Europe for the rights of LGBT people.
People take part in the gay pride parade in Bogota, Colombia, on 28 June 2015. The banner on the car reads "Love is stronger!"
People wave flags during the Pride Parade in Entebbe, Uganda, in 2015. Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence.
A member of the LGBT community takes part in a pride march in Mumbai, India, in February 2016
A woman puts her hand over her heart while holding a rainbow California state flag during gay pride weekend festivities on 27 June 2015 in San Francisco, California. The Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide without regard to their state's laws.