Pride 2019

 

(Updated 10/05/2018)

Manhattan’s NYC Pride Week takes place every June. This marquee global gathering invites millions of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people and their allies to one of the largest, most over-the-top celebrations of human rights, queer history, social progress and love anywhere in the world. It’s an event everyone should experience once in their life (preferably many times!), but it’s not the City’s only Pride celebration: during the same month and earlier, the other boroughs come alive with their own Pride events.

Grassroots happenings in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island celebrate the many heritages, languages and musical styles of NYC’s famously diverse population. All these events are worth seeking out for their unique experiences to meet the people and cultures that make up the vibrant social fabric of New York City. Below, see our guide to the wide range of events for Pride 2019. Then make your travel plans: we’ll be happy to welcome you here!

Staten Island PrideFest

Mid-May 2019
Getting a jump on the traditional Pride month, Staten Island's PrideFest celebrates 15 years with a full week of events in May, including a 5K fun run, a Sober Coffee House and a Youth Prom. The week ends with an afternoon festival on the grounds of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden featuring live music, drag performers, food trucks, craft vendors and plenty of activities for folks of all ages.

Queens Pride

Sunday, June 2
Pride month kicks off in the heart of Queens with this annual parade down 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, followed by an afternoon street festival in the neighborhood that features music, drag performances and local cuisine.

5K Pride Run

Saturday, June 8
Sign up for a 5K run through scenic Prospect Park to celebrate Pride, diversity and inclusion. For the third year, this event has a transgender/gender nonconforming category for runners who do not fall into the male and female categories.

Brooklyn Twilight Parade

Saturday, June 8
The borough of Brooklyn puts its own twist on its pride parade with their non-traditional march starting at dusk through the streets of Park Slope.

Pride Luminaries Brunch

Mid-June, TBA
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosts the Pride Luminaries Brunch as part of the City's Pride festivities in June. This annual event celebrates local business leaders and the impact they have made on their queer communities. Proceeds from the event will benefit NYC Pride and the World Pride 2019 and Stonewall 50 celebrations.

OutCinema

June 24–28
One of the more recent additions to the Pride Week lineup, OutCinema showcases new LGBTQ films at Chelsea's SVA Theatre, with stars and filmmakers in attendance. Organized with the help of the programmers at NewFest, NYC's annual LGBTQ film festival, it presents current films that have made a special impact on this community. The selections will be announced in Spring 2019, and with advance tickets available online at NYC Pride's website.

Photo: Kate Glicksberg

Pride Family Movie Night

Thursday, June 20
LGBTQ families are welcomed to the West Village’s Pier 45 for a free evening of outdoor, kid-friendly movie watching. The pier will open to the public at 6:30pm for folks to grab a good spot for picnicking before the film starts at dusk. While the event is free, there will also be premium tickets for sale (for reserved seating and prepackaged meals) to support the Heritage of Pride foundation.

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Harlem Pride Day

June 29
Taking place near the Hudson River between 125th and 133th Streets, the 10th annual Harlem Pride extravaganza includes artists, food, entertainment and activities for families, adults and youth of all cultures. This free festival celebrating all things LGBTQ takes place from noon to 6pm.

NYC Pride Rally. Photo: Alexader Thompson

Rally: Stonewall 50 Commemoration

Friday, June 28
A month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, five hundred peaceful protesters gathered in Washington Square Park to express solidarity and gay pride. Decades later, the annual Pride Rally continues to serve as the official kickoff for Pride Weekend. This year's free event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stoneall and feature dozens of well-known speakers and performers.

Fantasy

Friday, June 28
Join the Pride Week party for a night of dancing and special acts at this annual themed event. The party starts at 10pm and rages until 4am.

Youth Pride

Saturday, June 29
A wonderful event for LGBTQ teens and their allies, this afternoon street fair downtown is loaded with tons of games, interactive experiences and family fun. It's free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.

The VIP Rooftop Party

Saturday, June 29
Be a part of one of the most popular boy’s parties of NYC Pride Week, and dance the afternoon away on the rooftop of Hudson Terrace in Hell’s Kitchen. A lineup of the best NYC DJs will keep the energy going throughout this eight-hour tea dance. Proceeds from the party, which sells out every year, benefit Pride Week events and community organizations.

Teaze HER

Saturday, June 29
This women's dance party takes place on the Saturday afternoon of Pride Weekend, bringing together a diverse crowd for an event that benefits LGBTQ groups.

Masterbeat

Saturday, June 29
The official Saturday night Pride dance party for men, Masterbeat will be packed with up to 3,000 revelers for a night of dancing. The fun runs all night from 10pm until 9am Sunday morning.

Pride Island: Saturday

Saturday, June 29
Pride Island is a two-night outdoor dance party on the Hudson River with big-name DJs and world-famous acts. Last year's lineup for this mix of dance party on Saturday night featured Drag Race's Sasha Velour and Tove Lo.

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NYC Pride March. Photo: Alexander Thompson

The March

Sunday, June 30
Extravagant floats, outlandish outfits and spontaneous dance parties are mixed in with the political components of this civil rights march, which started in 1970 on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The parade steps off at noon. This event is free and open to the public, though to march individuals must be with a registered group; an official list will be posted on the Pride Week website in June.

Street scene during PrideFest. Photo: Alexander Thompson

PrideFest

Sunday, June 30
Greenwich Village's University Place will be filled with a vibrant mixture of food and craft vendors, musicians, entertainers, and local residents at the annual Pride Week street fair, now in its 26th year. From 13th Street to Waverly Place the street will be filled with fun and festivities on the day of the annual Pride March, happening nearby on Fifth Avenue.

Femme Fatale

Sunday, June 30
After the Pride March, more than a thousand woman gather on the rooftop of Hudson Terrace for one of NYC’s biggest girl parties. Eat, drink and mingle with queer women at Pride’s hottest rooftop party that kicks off with an hourlong open bar at 4pm.

Pride Island: Sunday

Sunday, June 30
Pride Week culminates with this epic party, formerly known as Dance on the Pier. Famed DJs will keep the beats flowing at this nine-hour dance marathon as the sun sets on the Hudson and lavender fireworks light up the sky. The headliner for this final Pride Week event is always a big star; last year, international gay icon and pop queen Kylie Minogue performed.


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