NYC - The Official Guide

Pride 2018

 
Updated 03/13/2018
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Manhattan’s NYC Pride Week takes place every June. The marquee global gathering invites millions of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people and their allies to one of the largest, most over-the-top demonstrations 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 one and only Pride celebration. During the same month (and sometimes earlier), the City’s other boroughs also come alive with dozens of other Pride parades and festivals.

Grassroots happenings in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island celebrate the many heritages, languages, cuisines and musical styles of NYC’s famously diverse population. Along with the variety of offerings in Manhattan, these events are worth seeking out for unique experiences and to meet the people and cultures that make up the vibrant social fabric of NYC.

Below, see our guide to this year’s wide range of events. Then make your travel plans: we’ll be happy to welcome you here.

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Staten Island PrideFest

May 11–19
Getting a jump on the traditional Pride month, Staten Island's PrideFest celebrates 14 years with a full week of events in May, including a 5K fun run, a Sober Coffee House and a Youth Prom at the Greenbelt Nature Center. 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 3
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 9
Sign up for a 5K run through scenic Prospect Park to celebrate Pride, diversity and inclusion. For the second 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 9
The borough puts its own twist on its pride parade with a march starting at dusk through the streets of Park Slope.

Pride Luminaries Brunch

Saturday, June 17
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 planning for the World Pride 2019 and Stonewall 50 celebrations.  

OutCinema

Monday, June 18
One of the nmore recent additions to the Pride Week lineup, OutCinema showcases a new LGBTQ film in a special screening 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, this screening will present a current movie that has made special impact on this community. The selection will be announced in spring 2018, and advance tickets will be available online at NYC Pride's website

Photo: Kate Glicksberg

Family Movie Night

Tuesday, June 19
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 7:30pm 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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NYC Pride Rally NYC Pride Rally. Photo: Alexader Thompson

NYC Pride Rally

Friday, June 22
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 Week. This free event will feature dozens of well-known speakers and performers. The event starts at 6pm and ends around 8pm.

Fantasy

Friday, June 22
Join the Pride Week party for a night of dancing and special acts at this themed event at Slate in Chelsea. The party starts at 10pm and rages until 4am.

Youth Pride

Saturday, June 23
A wonderful event for LGBTQ teens and their allies, this afternoon street fair on 14th Street 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 23
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 23
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. The festivities will once again be hosted by The DL, located on the Lower East Side, and the party runs from 4pm to 10pm.

Masterbeat: Masterbuilt

Saturday, June 23
The Hammerstein Ballroom hosts the official Saturday night Pride dance party, Masterbeat. This four-level space, built by Oscar Hammerstein more than a hundred years ago, will be packed with up to 3,000 revelers for a night of dancing. This year's event features a construction theme, with a promise of hard-hat dancers and decor that will bring to mind an NYC construction site. The fun runs all night from 10pm until 9am Sunday morning.

Pride Island: Saturday

Saturday, June 23
Pride Island will be moving uptown this year to Pier 95 in Hell’s Kitchen, with some exciting acts on this first of two nights of outdoor dancing along the Hudson River. The lineup for this mix of DJs and live-music dance party on Saturday night features Tove Lo, DJ Simon Dunmore, Big Freedia and Drag Race sensation Sasha Velour.

Harlem Pride Day

Sunday, June 24
Taking place near the Hudson River between 125th and 133th Streets, the ninth 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.

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NYC Pride March NYC Pride March. Photo: Alexander Thompson

The March

Sunday, June 24
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. With the theme of “Defiantly Different,” the parade runs a different route this year; stepping off at noon in Chelsea (Seventh Avenue and 16th Street), heading downtown through the streets of the West Village and then up Fifth Avenue to 29th Street. Famed tennis player and LGBTQ activist Billie Jean King will be serving as one of the grand marshals. 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 Street scene during PrideFest. Photo: Alexander Thompson

PrideFest

Sunday, June 24
The streets of the West Village 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 25th year. It runs along Hudson Street from Abingdon Square to 14th Street, just a few blocks from the Hudson River. PrideFest takes place from 11am to 6pm.

Femme Fatale

Sunday, June 24
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 24
Pride Week culminates with this epic party, formerly known as Dance on the Pier. DJs Ralphi Rosario, Corey Craig and Grind 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 will be international gay icon and pop queen Kylie Minogue.


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