Whether they intend to visit Mexico City to participate in the annual PRIDE festivities, or whether they happen to be in town during PRIDE Weekend, many visitors to the capital are surprised by how raucous, how well-attended, and how respectful Mexico City‘s annual LGBT parade is. The parade is a reflection of the diversity and relative safety and freedom LGBT residents of Mexico City experience. The city recently established a subsection of its tourism department specifically for LGBT travelers, and an ever-growing roster of annual festivals and events attracts a growing number of LGBT visitors. The annual gay pride parade is held each June. For specific dates, visit the website of the Secretary of Tourism.