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NYC’s 5 Best Pride Parties

June 22, 2011 2:00 PM

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Many U.S. cities host Pride events, but like most things, no one does it quite like New York. This is one of the biggest and best places for the LGBT community and its family, friends and supporters to celebrate individuality and promote equality. The festivities start on Saturday, June 16 with the Pride Rally and continue on to Sunday, June 24 for the Pride March, a fun parade through the streets of New York City (mainly in the West Village) showcasing the different groups and individuals that are bringing Pride to the forefront of the city. PrideFest takes place the same day, June 24, and is an annual street fair that takes place on Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.After all the fun  and festivities at the Pride events are over, you’ll need somewhere to go to keep the party going. Check out these great places for Pride after-parties in NYC.
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Dance on Pier: Dance 26
Pier 54 (13th St. the West Side Highway)
New York, New York 10014
www.nycpride.org

Hours: Sunday, June 24th, 2012 – 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Dance on the Pier is by far the most well-known Pride party in New York City. It has run for 26 years and is still going strong. This is the last year the Dance on Pier will take place on Pier 54; next year it will have a different location, so expect a crazy-fun send-off for 2012. The headlining this year is DJ Boris, who is best known for his out-of-control beats and massive drops. “Pride and the Pier have always been a huge deal in NYC. It’s a huge weekend with many people coming from all over the world,” said DJ Boris. Los Angeles-based DJs The Perry Twins will start the party off right, with beats beginning at 4 p.m.  For tickets and the lastest up to the minute details check out their site.

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The Monster
30 Grove Street (near Sheridan Square)
New York, New York 10014
(212) 924-3558
www.manhattan-monster.com

Hours: Saturday, June 23rd – 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The Monster is a Greenwich Village LGBT staple, with the party rolling well into the night most days of the week. During Pride, they will be offering an action-packed schedule complete with DJs, cheap drink specials and male go-go dancers to keep the party going. On Saturday nights, wristbands are $8 and get you into the party until closing time at 4 a.m. The Monster is going to be packed the day of Pride, so get there early to secure your spot on the dance floor downstairs.

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Rapture on the River: A Women’s Dance
Pier 54 (13th St at the West Side Highway)
New York, New York 10014
www.nycpride.org

Hours: Saturday, June 23rd – 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Rapture on the River is a Pride event that is solely for women. It takes place in Hudson River Park on Saturday, June 23, and promises to be one of the most memorable events for women during Pride. There will be amazing DJs spinning for the crowd from until 11 p.m., including headlining DJ Whitney Day. The opening DJs are Missy B & Trini, and these two will definitely get the crowd bumping and grinding. This is the 9th annual Rapture on the River, so it’s sure to be an amazing time in an even better setting.

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Splash
50 West 17th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue)
New York, New York 10011
(212) 691-0073
www.splashbar.com

This is the ultimate big city gay bar — there are giant TV screens with scantily clad dancers, strong drinks and cute cocktail servers. Splash used to be known as SBNY, but the name is the only thing that has changed in this Chelsea hot spot.  During Pride, there will be drink specials all day, as well as guest DJs spinning high above the dance floor. Get to Splash right after the parade and street fair and you’ll be surrounded by fellow Pride revelers.

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Boxers
37 West 20th St. (between 5th and 6th Ave.)
New York, New York 10011
(212) 255-5082
www.boxersnyc.com

Boxers is one of the only gay sports bars in New York City, and they proudly show all major sports games on the plethora of televisions inside.  On the day of the Pride March, Boxers is offering affordable drink specials: $4 domestic beers and $5 well drinks until 9 p.m. After that, the drinks are full price, but don’t let that stop you from staying until closing. This hot bar will be filled to the brim and the drinks will be flowing all night.  Boxers was named one of the top 10 gay hangouts in the world by GayTravel.com, so you know you’ll be entertained all night long.

Check out CBS Local’s Guide to Celebrating NYC Pride

Jessica Costello is a freelance writer and a wide-eyed New Yorker. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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