NYC Pride 2014
by nycgo.com staff, 05/02/2014
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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 three-year anniversary of marriage equality in New York State, and as it takes hold across the nation, there's even more reason for locals to celebrate. Thus the theme for this year's Pride Week: "We have won when we're one."
Queens Pride Parade and Festival
The 22nd 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 85th Street and 37th Avenue (and marches toward 75th Street, near the festival site). A number of awards will be given, including the Screaming Queens award for best-sounding group, the Rainbow Award for best use of color and costumes and the Drag Race prize for best drag performance.
Bronx LGBTQ and Allies Awards
Celebrate Pride in the Bronx with the fourth annual Bronx LGBTQ and Allies Awards ceremony. Hosted by nonprofit community organization 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 the Bronx Museum of Arts, gets started at 6pm; along with the awards ceremony, expect refreshments, entertainment and an art exhibition.
This annual celebration of Brooklyn’s gay community is more low-key than its Manhattan counterpart. Now in its 18th year, Brooklyn Pride comprises nearly a full week of activities (June 9–14), culminating on Saturday, June 14, with a 5K Pride Run, festival (on Fifth Avenue, from 3rd to 9th Streets), parade and live entertainment. Starting at 7:30pm, the twilight procession begins at Lincoln Place and makes its way down Fifth Avenue.
Brooklyn Pride LGBT 5K Run
Take a run through beautiful Prospect Park for a good cause. The 17th annual Brooklyn Pride Run is just long enough to get some exercise without straining yourself, and you can enjoy the event and the park's scenery while supporting the youth organization Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD). The race maxes out at 500 runners, so be sure to register early.
While what is today known as Stonewall wasn't the first LGBT protest, it was the one with the largest impact. To mark its 45th anniversary, Stonewall 45 tells the history of the 1969 uprising and the subsequent political response through a series of posters in shop windows along Christopher Street that serve as windows to the street's past.
Family Movie Night
It's back. After a one-year hiatus Family Movie Night returns with a free outdoor screening of none other than the wonderful Wizard of Oz, in glorious Technicolor. So gather up the young ones and follow the Yellow Brick Road to Pier 46 on the Hudson River. Gates open at 7:30pm, and the movie will screen at dusk. Some seating, blankets and noshes will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, or you can pack your own.
Harlem Pride VIP Launch Party
Harlem Pride’s 2014 VIP Launch Party promises to be fabulous and full of surprises. Entertainment is provided by Anthony Wayne, who channels the disco icon Sylvester, and the event also features an array of food, drinks, door prizes and raffles. The party, which runs from 7 to 10pm at the Aloft Harlem hotel, also serves as an opportunity to honor those who have made significant contributions to the local LGBT community and beyond; the organization recognizes these leaders with its Legacy of Pride Awards.
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-five 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 (Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance last year) and attracts thousands of attendees. The rally goes from 6 to 9:30pm.
Harlem Pride Day
Taking place in famed Jackie Robinson Park, the fifth annual Harlem Pride extravaganza includes artists, food, entertainment, vendors, health care organizations and activities for families, adults and youth of all cultures. The festival's theme this year, "There's No Place Like Home," marks the 40th anniversary of the original musical production of The Wiz, and in that spirit the celebration prides itself on making people of all ages feel right at home, so feel free to bring your entire circle of family and friends. In the evening, the celebration moves to St. Nicholas Park, for a free outdoor screening of The Wiz.
Thousands of women dancing on Pier 26? It's the ultimate Teaze party. DJ Dimples and DJ Susan Levine spin high-energy sets at the 11th annual Pride Week rave for women. The dance (formerly known as Rapture on the River) runs from 4 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 Dave Audé, Escape and Nacho Chapado 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 individuals must affiliate themselves with an officially registered group to march; a list of groups accepting individuals will be posted on the NYC Pride 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 20th 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 Grind and DJ Pagano 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 10 years of SI pride this year with a daylong party at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and 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.