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Rainbows in the Big Apple: Where to celebrate Pride month in NYC

Throughout June, Pride celebrations light up New York City, as LGBTQ+ residents, visitors, and allies come together to reflect on progress and push for more change. What began more than 50 years ago as a commemoration of the Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village has now expanded to include parades, concerts, dance parties, marches, and art installations across all five boroughs. Kick off your celebrations with a tour of notable LGBTQ+ historic sites and dive into some of these popular Pride festivities to fill your calendar.

NYC Pride March

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Location: 25th Street and Fifth Avenue, Flatiron District, Manhattan
Date: June 30th

The NYC Pride March is the city’s largest annual civil rights demonstration, transforming downtown Manhattan with a day of inclusive celebration. Experience awe-inspiring floats, incredible performances, dazzling costumes, and streets packed with revelers. This year’s grand marshals include GLAAD’s DaShawn Usher, transgender activist Miss Major, and singer Michelle Visage. The event is a powerful blend of activism and celebration, bringing the community together in a vibrant display of solidarity and joy.

Youth Pride

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Location: South Street Seaport Museum, Pier 16 and Pier 17, The Seaport, Manhattan
Date: June 29

Youth Pride is an event specifically for young participants, drawing over 5,000 attendees each year. It features carnival attractions, a nonalcoholic beverage bar, free food, DJ and musical performances, and special guest appearances. This event provides a safe and joyous space for LGBTQ+ youth to celebrate their identities and enjoy the festivities.

Bliss Days (formerly known as Femme Fatale)

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Location: The DL Rooftop & Lounge, 95 Delancey St.
Date: June 30

Celebrate LGBTQIA+ womxn at NYC Pride’s annual event, showcasing a dynamic lineup of rotating DJs, dancers, pop-up performances, and special guest appearances. Join us in honouring the love, light, and contributions of womxn in the community. All proceeds support NYC Pride and its free annual events, such as Youth Pride, The March, PrideFest, and more!

Front Runners NY LGBT Pride Run 4M

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Location: TBA, Central Park, Manhattan
Date: June 29

The Front Runners NY LGBT Pride Run is a 4-mile course weaving through Central Park, following the footsteps of the city’s first Pride Run in 1982. The event has become incredibly popular, breaking a Guinness World Record for the largest Pride charity run in 2019. This year’s race benefits the Audre Lorde Project, supporting LGBTQ+ people of colour.

The Stonewall Jukebox: A Documentary Concert

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Location: City Winery 25 11th Ave (Pier 57)

Date: June 28

David Driver’s ‘The Stonewall Jukebox: A Documentary Concert*’ is part jubilant musical performance, part little-known oral history. It tells the uplifting story of the Stonewall Uprising and its impact on contemporary LGBTQ+ culture. Through musical performances interwoven with contemporaneous texts from magazines, books, interviews, and actual songs played at The Stonewall Inn, the show honours the real people who lived, fought, and survived the Uprising, illuminating the social and political climate that paved the way for these remarkable events. Featuring guest singers and narrators like Michael Musto, Stew, Aisha de Haas, Tigger!, Everett Bradley, Machine Dazzle, and more, the tale unfolds through the music of artists like Sly & the Family Stone, Judy Garland, The Flirtations, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Petula Clark, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Lesley Gore, and The Beatles.

Ladyland Festival

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Location: Under the K Bridge Park, Brooklyn
Date: June 28-29

Experience an unforgettable outdoor Pride music festival and intimate concert at Under the K Bridge, celebrating with some of the best queer and allied talent from around the world. Over two days, enjoy performances across three stages featuring more than 50 acts, with secret surprises you won’t want to miss. Each year, this event proudly showcases top established and emerging queer talent, along with beloved gay icons, ensuring a unique alternative Pride celebration that will keep NYC dancing!

Garden Party

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Location: Pier 76, Hudson River Park
Date: June 24

An evening of music, special guests, bites, and beverages awaits, along with sponsored activations and more. Enjoy beats by Bright Light Bright Light, DJ Jon Ali, remarks from The Centre’s new CEO, Dr. Carla Smith, and additional announcements to follow. Tickets start at $99 and include open Smirnoff Vodka & Tito’s Handmade Vodka bars (with a special full open bar for VIP ticket holders), access to complimentary food stations, all sponsor experiences, views of the city skyline, and exclusive culinary tastings from various VIP area restaurant partners.

Dreamland Pride in Central Park

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Location: SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park; enter at East 69th or 72nd Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Date: June 30

Dreamland Pride in Central Park is a massive neon-lit dance party attracting thousands of celebrants. This year’s performers include DJs John Summit, Disco Dom, and Suri. The event offers an unforgettable night of music, dancing, and celebration under the stars in one of NYC’s most iconic parks.

PrideFest Street Fair

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Location: Greenwich Village
Date: June 30

PrideFest returns for the annual LGBTQIA+ street fair, blending exhibitors, entertainers, food, and activities for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality. The event gathers NYC locals, families, sponsors, community leaders, local business owners, and talent from around the world performing at StageFest. PrideFest offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy live performances, grab a bite to eat, shop local vendors, and pick up some great Pride gear.

‘TEAZE’ Queer Party Experience 

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Location: Club Lambda, Brooklyn

Date: June 22

Get ready to immerse yourself in the ultimate 21+ Queer party experience with TEAZE! Hosted at one of New York’s most inclusive venues, TEAZE invites revellers to dance the day away to the beats of beloved DJs and show-stopping performers. This unforgettable celebration of diversity, love, and liberation is a highlight of NYC Pride. Participants can enjoy two unique Queer party experiences during this day-long event, both of which center BIPOC individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community and provide safe spaces year-round.

Brooklyn Pride

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Location: Various locations, Brooklyn
Date: June 4–June 15

Brooklyn’s Pride events span nearly two weeks, featuring a comedy show at Branded Saloon (June 5), a Brooklyn Cyclones Pride night (June 6), a movie screening of Caribbean Queen (June 7), and a Youth Pride celebration (June 15). The biggest day is June 8, with a 5K run-walk, a festival in Prospect Park, performances at JJ Byrne Playground in Park Slope, and a twilight parade along Fifth Avenue. Brooklyn Pride captures the diverse and inclusive spirit of the borough.

Harlem Pride

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Location:: Twelfth Avenue at 133rd Street, Harlem, Manhattan
Date: June 29

Celebrating its 15th year, Harlem Pride expects to attract over 20,000 participants for a day of community and special events. The celebration includes food and merchandise vendors, along with several lead-up gatherings like a youth game and karaoke night, and a health and wellness chat and chew. Harlem Pride emphasises the rich cultural heritage and vibrant community spirit of the Harlem neighbourhood.

Zara Flavia Dmello

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