NYC Pride announced on May 11 that Ariana Grande will headline its 29th Dance on the Pier on Sunday, June 28 at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in Tribeca. Grande joins a number of legendary performers including Cher, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson—and most recently, Demi Lovato—all of whom have given extraordinary performances at the biggest party of NYC Pride Week.
Grande is an amazing performer and a strong LGBT ally. Last year she told The Advocate that her song about a gay affair, “Break Your Heart Right Back”—about a guy who leaves his girlfriend for another guy—was a “very fun” concept that she loved recording. (Wanna bet she’ll belt that one out at the dance?)
“We are delighted to welcome Ariana Grande to one of the world’s top-tier LGBT events,” said José Ramos, director of the event. “Dance on the Pier is a highly anticipated part of Pride, thanks in part to amazing DJs and incredible performers. This year will be no different.”
Nearly 10,000 attendees are expected at the dance. Before Grande gets onstage, award-winning DJs Ralphi Rosario, Wayne G and The Cube Guys (world-renowned Italian producers Roberto Intrallazzi and Luca Provera) will keep the beats pumping.
The event will close with a spectacular fireworks display, courtesy of Pyro Engineering.
Dance on the Pier is NYC Pride’s largest fundraiser. Its proceeds go to support NYC Pride’s annual events and allow the organization to provide more than $45,000 in grants to local LGBT community groups annually. In 2014, the event had a record-breaking year, with more than 20 community groups receiving grants!
This year, with Grande’s help, we hope the epic Dance on the Pier breaks another record.