2014 NY Pre-Pride Guide

Get ready to party!

Queens Pride
Jun 1, queenspride.org. Queens Pride promotes awareness and education within the LGBTQ community of Queens. This year’s theme is “A World of Pride.” Festivities consist of a parade along 37th Avenue from 85th Street to 75th Street, and a festival on 37th Road between 74th and 77th Streets. Both events begin at noon.

Jersey Pride
Jun 1, Asbury Park, NJ, jerseypride.org. Jersey Proud, Jersey Strong! New Jerseyans and other attendees at the 23rd annual LGBTI Pride Celebration will be ready to party in Asbury Park on June 1. Bank of America sponsors the day-long event with a parade, festival with top-name live acts, a family zone and much more.

Staten Island Pride Parade and Festival
New date TBA, Tompkinsville Park, silgbtcenter.org/ parade. The Parade begins at Central and Slosson Avenues, winds through the streets of St. George, and leads into the Pride festival in Tompkinsville Park. Entertainment, vendors and LGBT-friendly nonprofits will be on hand to keep you happy, safe and healthy!

VCS Gay Pride Rockland
Jun 8, Nyack, NY, gaypriderockland.org. This free, family-friendly LGBT Pride celebration includes kids’ activities, speakers, exciting entertainment, street vendors and live music from 11am to 5pm.

LGBT Pride Month Reception
Jun 10, Chelsea, transgenderlegal.org. Trans-gender Legal Defense and Education Fund hosts its 5th annual Pride month cocktail party from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Attendees will learn about TLDEF’s groundbreaking litigation, while drinking and mingling.

Brooklyn Pride
Jun 14, brooklynpride.org. The region’s only twilight Pride parade is the main event in an entire week of celebrations. A 5K Pride run and the multicultural festival – featuring vendors, food trucks and live performances – -will take place in the afternoon.

Long Island Pride
Jun 14, Huntington, NY, liglbtnetwork.org/pride. Long Island’s largest LGBT Pride celebration happens in Huntington, where tens of thousands of participants and spectators gather for a gigantic parade of floats, live acts and marchers. Afterwards, PrideFest takes over nearby Heckscher Park with more performances, food vendors, a beer and wine garden, local business booths and more.

Women’s Pride in the Pines
Jun 21, Fire Island Pines, hmi.org/womens-pride. This year’s women’s event in the Pines is hosted by Hetrick-Martin Institute. Founded in 2011 by chair Linda Gottlieb, the event draws more than 400 women to the Pines each June. The afternoon begins with a summer tea dance (2:30pm-6pm) and concludes with a VIP dinner (7pm-9:30pm). DJ Charo Velecio spins.

Women’s Pride in Cherry Grove
Jun 21, Fire Island Cherry Grove, facebook.com/ womensprideincherrygrove. Party for a great cause at the Island Breeze from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. Open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction benefiting the EMS Initiative in Cherry Grove. WABC-TV’s David Novarro is the MC and DJ Stacy keeps the beats pumping.

Harlem Pride Week
Jun 22-29, harlempride.org. Join NYC’s SGL/LGBT organization representing the residents of the uptown enclave for the 5th Annual Harlem Pride Week. The theme of this year’s week-long bash is “There’s No Place Like Home,” a reference to the 40th anniversary of the Broadway musical, The Wiz.

Garden PartyJun 23, location TBA, gaycenter.org. At 6pm, celebrate with hundreds of LGBT foodies at the Center’s signature Pride fundraiser. Dozens of NYC’s top restaurants participate, offering tastes of distinctive dishes.

Fusion: AVP Pride Party

Jun 25, XL Nightclub, avp.org. Party with the New York City Anti-Violence Project from 6pm to 9pm to celebrate Pride and raise awareness about anti-LGBTQ violence.

Pride Rally
Jun 27, Hudson River Park: Pier 26, nycpride.org. The official kickoff to NYC Pride takes place on the Friday before the parade. The evening rally features top music acts and speakers from the LGBT community to get people pumped for an amazing Pride.

VIP Rooftop Party
Jun 28, Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St, nycpride.org. NYC Pride and Rafferty/Mazur Events proudly present the VIP Pride Rooftop Party from 2pm to 10pm. Dance on one of the most exclusive rooftop venues overlooking the greatest city in the world, during the best weekend of the year!

Jun 28, Hudson River Park: Pier 26, nycpride.org. “Rocking women’s worlds!” Teaze (formerly Rapture on the River) is the official women’s event of NYC Pride and takes place from 3pm to 10pm. This hottest of celebrations will be held outdoors amidst the stunning views at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in TriBeCa.  DJ Dimples and DJ Susan Levine spin.

Dyke March
Jun 28, facebook.com/dykemarchnyc. Now more than two decades strong, the Dyke March is a beloved Pride weekend tradition. More than 20,000 lesbians beat drums, carry signs and shout positive messages as they make their way down Fifth Avenue. Who needs a freakin’ permit?

Jun 29, Hudson St btw Abingdon Sq and W 14th St, nycpride.org. For two decades, PrideFest has reigned as the official LGBT street fair with locals, families, community leaders and business owners. Expect vendors, food trucks and stands, tons of live entertainment and amazing people-watching.

Pride March
Jun 29, starts near Fifth Ave and 36th St, nycpride.org. One of the biggest and most flamboyant Pride events in the world kicks off at noon and fills Fifth Avenue with colorful floats, marching contingents, drag stars, hot grrls and muscle boys in underwear. This year’s March commemorates the 45th anniversary of Stonewall!

Dance on the Pier
Jun 29, Hudson River Park: Pier 26, nycpride.org. After the March, dance on the pier! This event includes high-profile performers and features world-renowned DJs. NYC Pride is planning to make 2014’s Dance on the Pier its biggest party ever.

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