NYC Pride 2015
by nycgo.com staff, 04/29/2015
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New York City is an exciting place to discover lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture any time of year. But every June, the five boroughs come alive with parades, festivals and parties that bring this vibrant community's heritage to the forefront of public attention. As we approach the four-year anniversary of marriage equality in New York State, there is a palpable sense of full LGBT equality on the horizon. Thus the theme for this year's Pride Week: "Complete the Dream."
Bronx Borough President & Allies LGBTQ Pride Awards Ceremony
Celebrate pride in the Bronx with the fifth annual Bronx Borough President & Allies LGBTQ Pride Awards Ceremony. Hosted by a number of community organizations, including Boogie Down Pride and LGBT group Brainpower, the awards will honor those who have made positive contributions to the borough’s LGBT community. The event, which will be held at Billy's Sports Bar, gets started at 6pm; along with the awards ceremony, expect refreshments and entertainment.
Queens Pride Parade and Festival
The 23rd annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival, held in Jackson Heights, is one of Queens’ largest LGBT events. The parade and festival celebrate togetherness, open-mindedness and acceptance. Everyone is welcome to march, and there is no cost to participate (groups are asked to register). The march begins at noon at 89th Street and 37th Avenue (and marches toward 75th Street, near the festival site). The festival takes place from 1:30 to 6pm and features vendors, food, information booths and a performance stage that will showcase singers, dance troupes, drag queens, comedians and a headline performance from singer CeCe Peniston.
Brooklyn Pride Parade and Festival
Brooklyn Pride Week pips Manhattan’s by a fortnight, with the celebration on June 13 the main focus. The day kicks off with a 5K fun run in Prospect Park, followed by a street festival on the Fifth Avenue blocks between 3rd and 9th Streets; expect food, crafts and spirited music and dance performances. Come twilight (7:30pm, to be more precise), the parade will begin at Lincoln Place and proceed down Fifth.
Brooklyn Pride LGBT 5K Run
Take a run through beautiful Prospect Park for a good cause. The 18th annual Brooklyn Pride Run is just long enough to get some exercise without straining yourself while supporting the youth organization Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD). The race maxes out at 500 runners, so be sure to register early.
Family Movie Night
Family Movie Night returns with a free outdoor screening of Disney's Finding Nemo. Following the event's success in past years, Movie Night has moved to a bigger Hudson River Park location, this year taking place at Pier 63. Gates open at 7:30pm, and the movie will screen at 8:30pm. Some seating, blankets and noshes will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, or you can pack your own.
The 2015 Pride Ride: Rockin' the Rivers serves as the official kickoff event of Harlem Pride Week. Take a Circle Line cruise along the Hudson while enjoying some spectacular skyline views along with the sounds of DJ Missy B and DJ Stormin Norman. The ride goes from 9pm until midnight; tickets are $50 and include food.
NYC Pride Rally
A month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, five hundred peaceful protesters gathered in Washington Square Park to express solidarity and gay pride. Forty-six years later, the New York City LGBT Pride Rally continues to serve as the official kickoff for Pride Week. Taking place at Pier 26 in TriBeCa, the rally features dozens of well-known speakers and performers and attracts thousands of attendees. The rally goes from 7 to 9:30pm.
Harlem Pride Day
Taking place in Jackie Robinson Park, the sixth annual Harlem Pride extravaganza includes artists, food, entertainment, vendors, health care organizations and activities for families, adults and youth of all cultures. The free festival takes place from noon to 6pm.
Thousands of women dancing on Pier 26? It's the ultimate Teaze party. DJs Ruby Rose, Sherock and Whitney Day spin high-energy sets at the 12th annual Pride Week rave for women. The dance (formerly known as Rapture on the River) runs from 3 to 10pm, creating a day-into-night party. Proceeds from this wildly popular evening benefit Pride Week events and community organizations.
The VIP Rooftop Party
Be a part of one of the most popular boys' parties of NYC Pride Week, and dance the afternoon and night away on the rooftop of Hudson Terrace. DJs Ben Baker, Saul Ruiz, Grind and Cindel keep the energy going throughout this eight-hour celebration. Proceeds from the party, which sells out every year, benefit Pride Week events and community organizations.
The streets of New York City are never so festive, outrageous and energized as they are during the annual Pride March. Outlandish floats and spontaneous dance parties blend perfectly with the political components of this civil rights march, which begins in Midtown at noon (at Fifth Avenue and 36th Street) and makes its way downtown, to the West Village. This event is free and open to the public (though to march in the parade, individuals must affiliate themselves with an officially registered group; a list of groups accepting individuals will be posted on the Pride Week website in June).
The streets spill over with a vibrant mixture of food and craft vendors, musicians, entertainers and local residents at the annual Pride Week street fair, now in its 21st year. The PrideFest smorgasbord runs along Hudson Street, from 14th Street to Abingdon Square, just a few blocks away from the end of the march route, and also just a few blocks from the Hudson River piers, an excellent place to watch the sunset after a day of celebration. This event is free and open to the public and takes place from 11am to 6pm.
Dance on the Pier
Capping off the excitement of Pride Week, Dance on the Pier is an invigorating montage of bodies, lights and music. World-class talents like DJ Wayne G and DJ Ralphi Rosario will be manning the turntables and keeping the crowds grooving into the night. The dance reaches its climax with the annual LGBT fireworks display. Proceeds will benefit NYC's LGBT Pride Week events and community organizations.
Staten Island PrideFest
Extending Pride Month all the way into July, Staten Island's PrideFest celebrates 11 years of SI pride with a daylong party at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. The morning gets off to a fast start with a 5K run/walk through the grounds of the Snug Harbor campus. The day continues with live music, drag performers, food trucks, craft vendors and plenty of activities for folks of all ages, providing a platform for the borough's growing LGBT community to show its numbers—and its pride.