NYC Pride Week 2016: A Complete Guide

June 16, 2016 6:10 AM

FILE -- Someone holds a rainbow flag at the 2014 Pride Parade in New York City. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

FILE — Someone holds a rainbow flag at the 2014 Pride Parade in New York City. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

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

Best Pride Week Events And Parties

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

(credit: nycpride.org)

(credit: nycpride.org)

Hudson River Park

Pier 26
New York, NY

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

Participants march down the Fifth Avenue during the 2015 New York City Pride parade in New York on June 28, 2015. Under a sea of rainbow flags, hundreds of thousands of jubilant supporters poured onto New York's streets for the annual Gay Pride March, two days after the US Supreme Court's landmark ruling to legalize gay marriage. (Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Participants march down the Fifth Avenue during the 2015 New York City Pride parade in New York on June 28, 2015.  (Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

The March

W. 36th St. and Fifth Ave.
New York, NY

More: 5 Best Places To Get Last Minute Pride Outfits In New York

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.”

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(credit: Eataly)

Best Eats Around NYC’s Pride Parade

Seek out these restaurants for brief respites, post-parade toasts or a quick refueling during the festivities.

(credit: Hudson Sky Terrace)

(credit: Hudson Sky Terrace)

Best Bars To Celebrate Pride Week

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.

Best Gay Bars In New York City

People wait for the start of the 2015 New York City Pride Parade in New York on June 28, 2015. Under a sea of rainbow flags, hundreds of thousands of jubilant supporters poured onto New York's streets for the annual Gay Pride March, two days after the US Supreme Court's landmark ruling to legalize gay marriage. (Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

People wait for the start of the 2015 New York City Pride Parade in New York on June 28, 2015. (Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Best Places To Get Last-Minute Pride Outfits

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.

Lodging

theoutny NYC Pride Week 2016: A Complete Guide

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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 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.

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.

(credit: Brooklyn Community Pride Center)

(credit: Brooklyn Community Pride Center)

Local LGBT Resources In New York City

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.

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