NYC Pride Events for the End of June

NYC Pride Events for the End of June

June has been declared LGBT Pride month and New York City is known for hosting events and the LGBT Pride March (aka the Pride Parade) to celebrate the LGBT community and commemorate the riots at Stonewall Inn that happened in 1969.

Participants in a prior NYC Pride parade. (©Chris Gagliardi)

This is the final weekend of NYC Pride for 2016 and there are a few huge parties left.

On Saturday, June 25, there is an exclusive event for the women of Pride at Pier 26 at Hudson River Park. Teaze (previously known as “Rapture on the River”) is a chance for ladies to rock-out with each other to a trio of some of the hottest DJs around—DJ Samantha Ronson (yes, that Samantha Ronson), DJ Toni*K and DJ Tatiana. The party rages on from 3:00 pm-10:00 pm. There is a mandatory no bag policy and this party is for those age 21 and older. This is also a ticketed event, so make sure to click here for more information on tickets and nearby parking. 

The Pride Parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, June 26, at 36th St. & Fifth Ave., making its way down to Christopher & Greenwich sts. This is a free event and requires no ticket. Folks can watch along the parade route and see all the floats and people marching in support of the LGBT community. Last year’s parade had 80 floats and over 350 entities (nonprofits, corporate partners, etc) participating—you’ll have to stop by on Sunday to see if this year’s parade has even more participants!

The first NYC Pride Parade was in 1970, the year after Stonewall. Since then, then parade has grown from a way to remember the anniversary of the riots to include a continued push for civil rights equality, as well as AIDS awareness, and to honor members of the community who have passed because of violence, neglect or illness. This year’s parade theme is “Equality Needs You.”

Each year the parade has a few Grand Marshals. This year, those honors go to Jazz Jennings, Subhi Nahas and Cecilia Chung. At 15, Jennings is the youngest Grand Marshal in the parade’s history and her memoir, “Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen,” was released earlier in June. Nahas started the first LGBT magazine in Syria, “Mawaleh,” and is a Syrian refugee. Chung is a civil rights activist who is on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and is also a Senior Strategist for the Transgender Law Center.

There are also prizes given out for floats, marchers, best use of the year’s theme and for various performances during the parade. (Prizes are given out at a later date during the Volunteer Party.)

The Pride parade celebrates the LGBT community, but is for everyone to enjoy. NYC Pride is one of the most well-known and large-scale Pride events all over the world, so it’s a great opportunity to show solidarity for the LGBT community and have a lot of fun in the process.

Likewise, Dance on the Pier is F-U-N for everyone (well, everyone over age 21). This giant party at Pier 26 at Hudson River Park is both the largest fundraiser for NYC Pride and Heritage of Pride's LGBT nonprofit grant winners. The event runs on Sunday June 26 from 2:00 pm-10:00 pm and provides both live and DJed music for your dancing needs. (Fergie is headlining—be ready to dance!) As the night draws to a close, enjoy an LGBT fireworks display over the Hudson, produced by Pyro Engineering, Inc. Like Teaze, this is a ticketed event with a strict no bag policy. Click here for tickets and additional information.

Have fun! Wear sunscreen! Love is love!


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