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Guide To NYC Pride Week

June 4, 2012 6:10 AM

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NYC Pride Week
Heritage of Pride, Inc.
154 Christopher St., Ste. 1D
New York, NY 10014
(212) 807-7433
www.nycpride.org/
Dates: June 16 to June 24

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 raid — 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. Last year’s NYC Pride, coming on the heels of New York State passing the same-sex marriage bill, attracted 1.7 million people.

Events

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The Rally
East River Bandshell at East River Park
between Grand and Jackson Streets
New York, NY 10002
(212) 360-8290

Price: free
Hours: Sat, June 16 – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Rally, the annual kick-off to NYC Pride, sets the tone for each year’s event. Inspirational speakers and well-known performers will take the stage before thousands of spectators for an afternoon of fun, but always focused on issues important to the LGBT community. This year’s event hosts are Chelsea Lately‘s Fortune Feimster and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alum Jai Rodriguez. Entertainment will be provided by a number of music and dance acts based out of New York’s gay community, with the goal of creating a rousing kickoff to this year’s pride.

The March
kicks off at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue
ends at Christopher and Greenwich Streets
www.nycpride.org/

Hours: Sun, June 24 – noon

The centerpiece of NYC Pride is the annual march to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969 and celebrate the pride of the LGBT community. Hundreds of thousands of spectators will line the streets heading down Fifth Avenue and ending in the West Village to view the colorful floats, enjoy an array of performers and support community groups. Grand marshals of this year’s march are music legend and gay rights activist Cyndi Lauper; philanthropist and president of Kiehl’s skin care products Chris Salgardo; and the first same-sex couple legally married in New York City, Connie Kopelov and Phyllis Siegel.

PrideFest
Hudson Street between West 14th Street and Abingdon Square
www.nycpride.org/
Sunday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Now in its 19th year, PrideFest is a giant street fair that brings together New York’s gay community, its supporters, business owners and influential leaders. It’s a fun, family-friendly afternoon of entertainment and unique vendors, food concessions and community awareness. Admission is free and open to the public.

Parties

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VIP Rooftop Party
Hudson Terrace, 621 W.46th St.
www.nycpride.org/

Saturday, June 23, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tickets are $45 in advance, with bundled Dance on the Pier and Rooftop Party tickets also available. You must be 21 or older to be admitted.

This is always the hottest ticket of the weekend, and advance tickets are strongly recommended. The luxurious three-level rooftop setting at Hudson Terrace has indoor and outdoor dancing and spectacular river and skyline views. An all-star DJ lineup will be mixing the music, and there will be live performances from surprise guests. In case of inclement weather, Hudson Terrace has a retractable roof so the party goes on rain or shine.

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Rapture on the River
PIer 57 at Hudson RIver Park
www.nycpride.org/rapture.php

Saturday, June 23, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 day of event.

This is the party for lesbians and all other “queer-identified” women, scheduled to kick off after the annual Dyke March. Now in its ninth year, Rapture on the River is bigger, better and longer than ever—the organizers have moved the location to the more spacious Pier 57 and extended the party by three hours, starting it at 4 p.m. and dancing into the night. Check out a live performance from Showtime’s Real L Word‘s Hunter Valentine.

Dance on the Pier
Pier 57 at Hudson River Park
www.nycpride.org/pierdance.php

Sunday, June 24, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tickets purchased before June 1 are $65, and $90 after.

Dance on the Pier is a true celebration of pride through music and dance, led by headlining DJ Boris and opening with The Perry Twins. Eddie Paez will also man the turntables 5-7 p.m. Note that the location has changed from Pier 54 to the larger, neighboring Pier 57. VIP tickets are available for $165, which include expedited entry, open bar, fresh fruit, elevated viewing platform and access to the VitaminWater lounge.

Lodging

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The OUT NYC
510 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 947-2999
theoutnyc.com

Click here for availability and pricing

New York’s first gay urban resort, located in Hell’s Kitchen, opened in March and 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 city’s newest and hottest nightclub and cabaret.

Morgans Group Hotel is NYC Pride’s host hotel. Check out special NYC Pride pricing here.

Hudson
356 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 554-6000

Royalton
44 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 869-4400

Mondrian SoHo
9 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 389 1000

Morgans
237 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 686-0300

Chelsea Pines Inn
317 West 14th St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 929-1023
www.chelseapinesinn.com/

Click here for availability and pricing

Favored by savvy gay visitors for years, the Chelsea offers standard amenities, an ideal location and ambiance enough to please any guest. Decorated with old-school movie posters, each room here is dedicated to a hero from the golden age of Hollywood. Since 1983, this inn has been owned and operated by Jay Lesiger and his partner, offering luxurious lodging that inspired author H.P. Lovecraft to write one of his famous short stories about it.

Check out CBS Local’s Guide to Celebrating NYC Pride

Michael Browne is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City, specializing in travel and the hospitality industry. Browne is the former managing editor of Travel Agent magazine. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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