NYC’s Pride Week is right around the corner; festivities kick off on June 28th. Come visit us and have a blast while supporting equality and our LGBT chums. Here’s a roundup of the official events:
Friday, June 28: There will be a rally at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 on West St. in Tribeca from 7-10 pm. (Did you know that the first ever rally occurred right here in Washington Square Park one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969? If you didn’t, now you do!)
There will be two parties on Saturday the 29th:
The official VIP Rooftop Party takes place from 2-10 pm at the Hudson Terrace (46th between 11th and 12th). Expect DJs, dancing and general mayhem. Advance tickets currently start at $49 and can go all the way up to $500 (which includes bottles of high-end booze).
The other party on the 29th is billed as the only official women’s event of Pride Week. Head to Pier 26 in Hudson River Park to find a DJ, dancing and beautiful gals.Tickets run from $35 to a fancy schmancy $1500 super-VIP one.
The parade takes place on the Sunday the 30th. Grand Marshals are Edith Windsor (plaintiff in the Defense of Marriage Act court case), Earl Fowlkes (head of the Center for Black Equality) and Harry Belafonte (passionate social activist and King of Calypso). Folks should line up at 36th St. and 5th Ave. to march at 11 am and step off at noon. The parade winds down at Christopher and Greenwich.
Next comes Pridefest, an LGBT street fair, “that combines vendors, entertainers and activities for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality.” Head to Hudson St. between Abingdon Square and W. 14th St. between 11 am to 6 pm to join in on the fun.
Finally, there are two more parties scheduled on the 30th:
Pride (Poolside) is a swanky pool party at the Hotel Americano in Chelsea. Revelers can rock their speedos from 12 pm to 6 pm. Tickets start at $45.
Dance on the Pier will take place at Hudson Park’s Pier 26 (the site of the rally) from 3-10 pm. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit NYC’s official Pride events and LGBT community organizations. Tickets cost $45 and will be well worth it, as the event ends with fireworks, people! Boom!
As always, you can never have enough hands; the organizers are looking for volunteers for the events. Check out the nycpride.org website to purchase tickets to any of these events and to see what you can do to help out!
Let’s celebrate equality!