NYC Pride 2013
by nycgo.com staff, 04/18/2013
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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 truly come alive with parades, festivals and parties that bring the heritage of this vibrant community to the forefront of public attention. As we approach the two-year anniversary of the same-sex marriage bill being passed in New York State, there's even more of a reason for locals to celebrate.
Read on for the best and biggest ways to experience NYC Pride.
Staten Island LGBT Parade & Festival
Kick off NYC Pride Month on Staten Island by claiming your spot on the sidelines for this annual parade through St. George. The high-energy celebration starts at Central and Slosson Avenues and marches toward Tompkinsville Park, where you’ll find entertainment, vendors selling Pride Month gear and a lineup of LGBT-related non-profits.
Queens Pride Parade and Multicultural Festival
The 21st annual Queens Pride Parade & Multicultural Festival, held in the Jackson Heights neighborhood, 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. The march begins at noon at the Main Stage at 85th Street and 37th Road (and marches down 37th Avenue).
This annual celebration of Brooklyn’s gay community is more low-key than the popular LGBT Pride March in Manhattan. The 17th annual celebration includes a Pride 5K Fun Run, Multicultural Festival, a parade and live entertainment. The festivities kick off at 11am on Fifth Avenue between 3rd and 9th Streets.
Brooklyn Pride LGBT 5k Run
Take a run through beautiful Prospect Park for a good cause. The 16th annual Brooklyn Pride LGBT 5k Run is just long enough to get some exercise without straining yourself while supporting GLOBE, a campaign that focuses on LGBTQ youth in high schools. The race maxes out at 500 runners, so be sure to register early.
Bronx LGBT Allies Award Ceremony
Celebrate Pride in the Bronx with the third annual Bronx LGBT Allies Award Ceremony. Hosted by Bronx Borough President Rubin Diaz, Jr., in partnership with nonprofit community organization Boogie Down Pride and LGBT association Brainpower, the event will honor those who have made positive contributions to the borough’s LGBT community. The event takes place in the Grand Concourse rotunda, beginning at 6pm.
Harlem Pride VIP Launch Party
Harlem Pride’s 2013 VIP Launch Party promises to be fabulous and full of surprises. Entertainment is provided by R&B singer Jessica Betts, and the event also features an array of food, drinks, gifts and several items up for auction. The VIP Launch Party also serves as an opportunity to honor those who have made significant contributions to the LGBT community of Harlem and beyond with Harlem Pride's "Legacy of Pride Awards." The party is from 6pm to midnight at the Aloft Harlem Hotel.
NYC LGBT Pride Rally
A month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, 500 peaceful protesters gathered in Washington Square Park to express solidarity and gay pride. Forty-four years later, the New York City LGBT Pride Rally continues to be the official kickoff for Pride Week. Taking place at Pier 26 in TriBeCa, the rally features dozens of well-known performers and speakers and attracts thousands of attendees. The rally goes from 7 to 10pm.
Harlem Pride Celebration Day
Taking place at Harlem’s famed Jackie Robinson Park, this celebration includes vendors, healthcare organizations, artists, food, entertainment and activities for families, adults and youth of all cultures. The festival is appropriate for all ages, so feel free to bring your entire circle of family and friends.
Rapture on the River
Thousands of women dancing on Pier 26? Rapture, indeed. Popular DJs spin high-energy sets at Rapture on the River, the tenth annual Pride Week rave for women. The dance takes place 3 to 10pm, creating a day-into-night party. All 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 parties of NYC Pride Week and dance the afternoon and night away on the rooftop of Hudson Terrace. DJs Serving Ovahness, Marco Da Silva and Frankie Knuckles keep the energy going throughout this eight-hour celebration, along with soon-to-be announced live acts.
The streets of New York City are never so festive, outrageous and energized as they are during the annual LGBT Pride March. Outlandish floats and spontaneous dance parties blend perfectly with the political components of this civil rights march. The march begins in Midtown at Fifth Avenue and 36th Street at noon, and ends in the West Village. This event is free and open to the public.
NYC LGBT Dance on the Pier
Capping off the excitement of Pride Week, the New York City LGBT Dance on the Pier is an invigorating montage of bodies, lights and music. Some of the City’s hottest DJs—including Dave Audé and Oscar G—keep the crowds grooving into the night. All proceeds from this event will benefit NYC's LGBT Pride Week events and community organizations.
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 starts at Hudson and 14th Streets, just a quick walk 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 11am–6pm.
New to NYC's Pride events this year is Poolside, taking place at the Hotel Americano from noon to 6pm. Cool off during the hot summer weather while you sip cocktails on the swanky sundeck and groove to house music.