In New York City, Gay Pride events are a big to-do! At the end of June, the city and private organizations put on a host of events across all five boroughs and you can expect to find plenty of queer parties, protests and marches to mark the occasion. NYC is ripe with LGBTQ history so it’s a great chance to get involved, support the LGBTQ community, learn a little history, and, of course, have lots of fun in the sun! Here are some of the summer celebration events that you should know about if you’re planning to be in town for the festivities.
When the city is filled with pride, everyone is ready to celebrate! Pride Island is a 3-day long multi-cultural music experience that features some amazing artists and musicians. This year, artists like Deborah Cox, Patti LaBelle, Tegan & Sara, Years & Years and Nelly Furtado will take the stage at Pier 26. It turns into a wild dance party on the pier and the ticket proceeds help NYC Pride raise money to host free events all over the city, such as PrideFest, The March and The Rally. The event starts on June 23rd.
PrideFest is a whole separate event from the Pride Parade. It’s a giant street fair that crops up on Hudson Street between Abingdon Square Park and W. 14th Street and is a fabulous celebration of LGBTQ life. You’ll find all of the regular street fair fun like t-shirts, snacks and souvenirs, plus lots of information about public health organizations, swag from the sponsors and proud residents and visitors alike. Once PrideFest wraps up, everyone heads over to the Dance on the Pier to kick back and relax by the water.
Village Voice Pride Awards
The Village Voice is NYC’s local newspaper and this year they are hosting the Pride Awards, hosted by Alan Cumming. The event honors some of the big names and influencers in the LGBTQ community and this is the debut year so you can bet they are going to go all out! Tegan & Sara are performing and awards will be handed out to Tyler Ford, Edie Windsor, the Ali Forney Center and more!
Annual Trans Day of Action
This march helps to raise visibility and awareness for trans, non-gender conforming individuals as well as queer people of color. It also serves to get people involved in the fight to house homeless queer people in the year to come. The march takes place on Friday June 10th.
The main event is obviously the gay pride parade itself! It’s one of the most extravagant parades of the year and thousands of people flock to 5th Avenue to see what all the fuss is about. Show up early and get a good spot to see all the action – there will be more than 80 floats, 350 marching organizations and thousands of spectators dancing in the streets. It starts at 5th Ave and 36th Street and continues down south to the West Village where it disperses into plenty of amazing parties all over downtown.
There is, as always, a lot going on in NYC for Pride this year! Make sure to check out a full list of events so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!