Join the JCC in Manhattan for a ball for the ladies and gentlemen of southern high society in the Southern Fried Pride LGBTQ Pride Party 2008. The JCC’s annual Pride Party takes a trip down south with finger lickin’ food and the plunky sounds of Dixieland, bluegrass and other low country treats. As much music, morsels, and mint jew-leps as you can hold.
June 23 at Hudson River Park’s Pier 54, join the LGBT Center for Garden Party 25, the official kick-off to NYC’s Pride Week and the only LGBT tasting event in the country. This year, both The Center and the Garden Party celebrate their 25th anniversary with more than 30 restaurants, an open bar and star-powered entertainment including the return of host Kate Clinton. Gourmet Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl chairs the event, and, thanks to her participation, two of the restaurants offering tastings of their award-winning dishes are David Chang of Momofuku and April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig.
If watching a crowd of 15,000 lesbians march down Fifth Avenue is exciting, walking among them is even better. Hit the streets and make some noise with your sisters at the 16th Annual NYC Dyke March, this June 28. The March, which is not a parade but a protest against the ongoing discrimination against lesbians, begins in Bryant Park and ends in Washington Square Park. Bring signs, banners, noisemakers and all your dyke friends to show your support!
Join Heritage of Pride, the organizer of NYC’s Pride events, to commemorate the Stonewall riots in a full roster of events in June. The Pride Rally kicks off Pride week on June 22 in Bryant Park. Hosted by Judy Gold and Bob Smith, the rally features well-known performers and speakers from the LGBT community to inspire the crowd for the week’s celebrations. June 28, head to Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 and celebrate the love of women with Rapture on the River, HOP’s annual Pride pier dance featuring DJ Susan Levine. On June 29, show your true colors with the annual Pride March, the famous parade that begins at Fifth Ave and 52nd St and ends at Christopher and Greenwich. This year’s grand marshals are Candis Cayne, PFLAG, The Center and Gilbert Baker (don’t forget to check out the eye candy on the GO float!). After the parade, welcome back Pridefest at Hudson St between Abingdon Square and W 14th. Keep checking gomag.com for more hot events to keep your ‘08 Pride season pumping.