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We Have Pride!

Yes, we’re proud of the fact that NYC–and especially Greenwich Village–is home to one of the world’s most vibrant gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

As you all know, June is Gay Pride Month, which culminates in the ever-popular Pride Weekend.

Read on for the activities:

The annual NYC Pride Rally is held annually right here in our backyard, Washington Square Park. It all began in June 1969, when hundreds of the Village’s gay residents gathered here to express solidarity a month after the Stonewall riots, and is considered the first blush of the widespread LGBTQ pride we see today. The celebration takes place this year on Friday, June 22nd at 6 p.m. You can expect to hear many well-known speakers and performers voicing their support.

That same evening, revelers will head to the Slate club in Chelsea for Fantasy: Leather Edition, an almost-all-night party. Guests are asked to dress in their roughest leather gear and dance their chaps off. Tickets start at $40 and sales will benefit the NYC Pride organization.

LGBTQ teens will be itching to go to Youth Pride on Saturday, the 23rd, an afternoon street fair on 14th Street. Games, interactive experiences and family fun will be the order of the day. Yes, it’s free, but teens and their allies need to register in advance.

Several dance parties will also take place on Saturday afternoon. For the men, the VIP Rooftop Party takes place at Hudson Terrace in Hell’s Kitchen. The women will gather at the DL on Delancey St. for Teaze Her. DJs, dancing and crazy fun will be on the menu at both happenings. Tickets start at $40 for the gals and $75 for the guys and again, the money will benefit NYC Pride.

Then, if your feet don’t hurt, continue dancing that night at the Masterbeat party in the Hammerstein Ballroom. The theme this year is construction, so you can expect hardhat dancers doing their thing and a decor reminiscent of a NYC construction site. If you really could dance all night, you’re lucky. The event runs from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday morning.  Tickets aren’t cheap; they run from $120- $140.

Harlem hosts its own event, Harlem Pride Day on Saturday. Artists, food, and entertainment for the whole family will be on hand near the Hudson River between 125th and 133rd Streets between noon and 6 p.m. Free.

And of course, on Sunday, we have the March. The theme this year is Defiantly Different and our usual colorful and creative bunch of New Yorkers will strut their stuff starting at noon in Chelsea (7th Avenue and 16th St.), heading downtown through the streets of the Village and then up Fifth Ave. to 29th St. Tennis icon Billie Jean King will serve as one of the grand marshals. (We love BJ!)

And, finally, PrideFest, the sister event to the parade, will take place on University Place in Greenwich Village from 13th St. to Waverly Place Sunday afternoon. Fabulous music, crafts, food, and entertainment will be ongoing from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Phew!

In summary, a little bit of marching and a whole lot of dancing will be happening that weekend. There are special package tickets and even more events that you can find out about here.

We welcome all LGBTQ folks and their allies (like us!) and hope they have a crazy fun weekend chock-full of pride. Stop by the lounge at North Square at some point and say hello!

Image via istolethetv/Flickr