A Guide to Celebrating NYC Pride 2016April 11, 2016 - by Linda Sheridan
June is commonly regarded as LGBT Pride Month in New York, to commemorate the June 28, 1969 riots centered around Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn—which recently received landmark status in the city. We’ve included here a roundup of NYC festivities to get into the spirit of celebrating respect and equality—for all.
NYC Pride 2016: June 5
Queens Pride 2016. This long-running festival, held in Jackson Heights, is one of Queens’ largest LGBT events. The parade and festival celebrate togetherness, open-mindedness and acceptance. Everyone is welcome to march, and there is no cost to participate. Starting point is at Main Stage at 85th Street and 37th Road (and marches down 37th Avenue). 11am. queenspride.org
NYC Pride 2016: June 5-11
Brooklyn Pride Week kicks off with a (6/5) flag ceremony. It culminates with the annual Brooklyn Pride LGBT 5k Run (6/11) and festivities on Fifth Avenue between 3rd and 9th streets. Twilight Party parade at 7:30pm. brooklynpride.org
NYC Pride 2016: June 21
Family Night Enjoy a family-friendly flick, appropriate for all ages, while lounging under the stars on Hudson River Park's Pier 63. Film screening TBA. Doors open at 7:30pm. This event is FREE. VIP packages available. nycpride.org
NYC Pride 2016: June 22, 24, 25
Lorna Luft Celebrates Pride Week at Feinstein's/54 Below. After several sold-out Feinstein’s/54 Below engagements, Lorna Luft returns with a brand new show to celebrate Pride Week in NYC! The evening will be a celebration of what it means to be proud. Join Lorna Luft as she sings, tells stories, and focuses on the history behind New York City Pride and what it means to her while also dedicating her show to everyone who has pride in themselves. This is a show for all ages, shapes, and sizes and is a true celebration of who we all are, Lorna- style! 54below.com
NYC Pride 2016: June 24
NYC LGBT Pride Rally. A month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, 500 peaceful protesters gathered in Washington Square Park to express solidarity and gay pride. Forty-seven years later, the New York City LGBT Pride Rally continues to be the official kickoff for Pride Week. Taking place at Pier 26 in Tribeca, the rally features dozens of well-known performers and speakers and attracts thousands of attendees. The rally goes from 7pm to 9:30pm. nycpride.org
Fantasy: A Burlesque Masquerade at The Diamond Horseshoe. Hidden beneath Times Square, this $20 million event space showcases some of the best performance artists, lighting, sound, and special effects in New York City. This year's masquerade is organized by NYC Pride. DJs TBA. 10pm-5am *Masquerade masks suggested but not required and will be available for purchase at the door. Tickets required.
NYC Pride 2016: June 25
Harlem Pride Week. Now in its seventh year, this celebration includes vendors, healthcare organizations, artists, food, entertainment and activities for families, adults and youth of all cultures. Jackie Robinson Park, harlempride.org
Teaze (formerly Rapture on the River). DJs Samantha Ronson, Tonk K, and DJ Tatiana, will turn up the heat, in this party for women! 3pm-10pm, at Hudson River Park, Pier 26. 21+ nycpride.org
VIP Rooftop Party. DJs Eddie Martinez, Paulo, and Peter Napoli will take the festivities to sonic heights. 2pm-10pm, at Hudson Terrace. nycpride.org
Graffiti at Hammerstein Ballroom. Join over 3,500 of the hottest men and women from around the world at the main Saturday event of NYC Pride as Masterbeat presents an all new theme—Graffiti—and transforms the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom with its legendary production featuring: six points of line array concert sound, full color lasers, 3D LED visuals, and shows that are beyond your imagination. 10pm-6am. Tickets required.
NYC Pride 2016: June 26
NYC Pridefest. The streets spill over with a vibrant mixture of food and craft vendors, musicians, entertainers and local residents at the annual Pride Week street fair, now in its 21st year. The PrideFest smorgasbord starts at Hudson and 14th Streets, just a quick walk from the Hudson River piers, an excellent place to watch the sunset after a day of celebration. Grand Marshals, three this year, Jazz Jennings, Subhi Nahas, and Cecilia Chung. 11am–6pm.Hudson Terrace, 2pm-10pm, nycpride.org
LGBT Pride March. The streets of New York City are never so festive, outrageous and energized as they are during the annual LGBT Pride March. Outlandish floats and spontaneous dance parties blend perfectly with the political components of this civil rights march. The march begins in Midtown at Fifth Avenue and 36th Street at noon, and ends in the West Village. T Lineup, 11am, stepoff, noon. This event is free and open to the public. nycpride.org
Dance on the Pier. Stay tuned for info on this year's special guest! DJ performances by Ben Baker, Honeysound System, Hoxton Whores, and Alain Jackinsky. The event takes place at Hudson River Park, Pier 26. 2pm-10m. 21 and over. Tickets required.
Pride Fireworks Cruises. Dine, dance and delight aboard Bateaux or Spirit of New York, as you take in enchanting skyline views of the city's most iconic sights, like the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, and the Brooklyn Bridge. You'll also catch the city's world-class fireworks display in honor of NYC Pride Week.
NYC Pride 2016: July 10
Disability Pride NYC. Get involved in NYC's second annual Disability Pride Parade. Parade starts at 11am in Union Square Park, and goes up to Madison Square Park, where there will be a huge festival until 4pm. disabilitypridenyc.com
NYC Pride 2016: Ongoing
July 21, Aug. 15, Sept. 21 (*note, June 23 sold out)
Zephyr Pride Cruise. Introducing our ZEPHYR Pride Cruise, what better way to celebrate Thursday night than on a luxurious yacht taking in the vivacious views of Manhattan? Our Zephyr Yacht transforms into the ultimate pride party with LED uplighting and a professional HD sound system. New liquor sponsors every cruise, giveaways and live entertainment! Sails 9:30pm-12am. 21+ nywatertaxi.com