NYC Pride 2015
by nycgo.com staff, 04/28/2015 [Updated 06/26/2015]
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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. This June's events, however, are different—and historic. With the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States, the theme for Pride Week 2015, "Complete the Dream," has already become a reality.
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.