This year, New York is hosting the largest Pride celebration in the world with events taking place over the entire month of June.
World Pride NYC is designed to be a combined celebration of LGBTQIA+ liberation, an opportunity to honor the Stonewall Uprising and early advocacy efforts, and a commitment, like the early protesters, to keep on fighting the good fight.
Pride 2019 is expected to bring more than three million participants, and organizers have scheduled more than 50 events, starting with the traditional NYC Pride Parade. Along with plenty of parties, there are family-friendly activities on the agenda including craft areas, performances, and more.
For those who want to learn more about the past, present, and future of LGBTQIA+ efforts, there are educational opportunities including tours of the Stonewall and other culturally significant spots like Studio 54, plus New York landmarks like Central Park, Times Square and the Empire State Building. Make sure you have your New York City Explorer Pass to save on admission prices.
Whether you’re here for the weekend or all month long, some of the best Pride events that shouldn’t be missed include…
The world’s largest Pride celebration begins at noon June 30 at the corner of 26th Street and 5th Avenue. In 2018, there were more than 550 unique entries showcasing community groups, non-profits, elected officials and people running for office, floats and more. This year’s grand marshals include transgender activist Monica Hemps; Phyll Opoku-Gyimah; organizations such The Trevor Project, Gay Liberation Front and “POSE,” a dance musical. There’s no charge to watch the parade, but you do need to reserve a free ticket into the accessible reserved seating area at St. Vincent’s Triangle Park.
The second-annual culinary event on June 28 at God’s Love We Deliver includes cooking demonstrations, discussions, tastings, and more fun. Chefs from around the world plan to take part including Chef Renee Blackman from the Food Network along with Julia Turshen, an accomplished author and chef. Proceeds benefit God’s Love We Deliver, an area food-related charity.
Described as “the hottest party of the year,” this June 29 event at the Hudson Terrace will include four DJs and a lively venue to watch people. Ticket sales are $80 per person for general Tier 3 admission of $150 for a Tier 4 VIP pass that includes express entry and access to a special area. Ticket proceeds help keep many of the other Pride events free.
All ages are welcome to Summer Stage in Central Park on June 29. The celebration includes music, games, and memorable experiences plus performances by Ava Max, DJ Nhandi and Deetranada. The event is free but registration is required, and anyone 21 and over must pay $10.
Bring along your popcorn for a free outdoor showing of “Coco” at Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 on June 21. Everyone gets in free but VIP tickets are $50 for blanket seating or $750 for couch seating. Proceeds benefit Heritage of Pride/NYC Pride and other support organizations.
Business leaders from around the country will come together on June 23 to dine and discuss. The seventh-annual gathering at Magic Hour at Molly Hotel celebrates those who have made progress with their leadership.
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