NYC Pride Week
Heritage of Pride, Inc.
154 Christopher St., Ste. 1D
New York, NY 10014
Dates: June 21-28
It’s been more than 40 years since the first Gay Pride March was held in New York City, and even the most visionary organizers of that protest march — commemorating the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots — could not have ever imagined what that single event would become. Today, NYC Pride, which is organized by Heritage of Pride, is the largest, most festive and most influential gay pride event in the world. Each year, for one week in June, the city overflows with no less than a million attendees drawn to the holiday’s rallies, speeches, parties and cultural events for the LGBT community.
We’ve narrowed down the best ways to celebrate in NYC. From stand-up comedy and cruises to the main event, we’ve got you covered.
NYC Pride Rally
Hudson River Park
More: Guide To NYC Pride Week
Gear up for Pride weekend at the Friday night Rally. The first NYC Pride Rally took place one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park, followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Sqaure. Todrick Hall will host this compelling event along with a live performance by Bob the Drag Queen from season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Be a part of history by attending this free event starting at 7 p.m. VIP passes are available here. Want to volunteer? Click here to find out more information.
Gay Pride Parade
Be a part of history by marching in the annual Gay Pride Parade! The starting line begins at 36th St. and Fifth Avenue and ends in the West Village. There will be announcers and awards given out throughout the parade at various locations to celebrate everything from Best Float and Best Marching Band or Music Ensemble to Best Dance Performance and Best Use of NYC Pride Theme – which happens to be “Equality Needs You.”
Seek out these restaurants for brief respites, post-parade toasts or a quick refueling during the festivities.
Celebrate with one happy hour after another at bars across New York City. Great drinks and wild parties all add to the fun of the first month of summer. With Pride Week taking place in the last week of the month and a parade rounding it out, revelers will be out in force. Here are our the best bars to celebrate Pride Week in New York City.
Whether you prefer the cozy atmosphere of Brooklyn Pride, the neighborhood vibe of Queens Pride or the blow-out mardi-gras that is New York City Pride, you have simply got to get your rainbow on. Straight, gay or in-between, here are the places to get tee-shirts, accessories and head-to-toe outfits that shout your colors to the world. After all, closets should only be for clothes, so let’s go shopping and join the party.
The OUT NYC
510 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
Click here for availability and pricing
New York’s first gay urban resort, located in Hell’s Kitchen is the perfect home base for out-of-towners looking for a quick intro to the city’s LGBT community. A luxury boutique hotel with just 105 rooms, expect it to be mobbed for its first NYC Pride. If you do get lucky and score a room (or book a bed in its sleep shares) you’ll get to enjoy its outdoor courtyards, including a sun deck and great lawn. The OUT NYC is also home to XL, the one of the city’s hottest nightclubs and cabaret.
Morgans Group Hotel is NYC Pride’s host hotel. Check out special NYC Pride pricing here.
356 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019
44 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
9 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 389 1000
237 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Chelsea Pines Inn
317 West 14th St.
New York, NY 10014
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New York City is known for its diversity, and few cities have a more active alternate-lifestyles community. Still, even here, life can be challenging for those whose social needs differ from the norm. The support groups and organizations presented in this great city offer support, guidance and a social outlet for people set in the LGBT mold.