The Very Best of NYC Pride Events

Harlem Pride, Orange County Gay Pride, Fusion, Garden Party and much more

Brooklyn Pride returns to Park Slope with an entire day devoted to LGBT equality on Jun 14. Think you can handle a 5K run? Join your fit friends at 10am, then relax at the following multicultural Pride festival. Nosh on food truck fare and browse the array of vendors and community organizations’ booths before marching down Fifth Avenue in the twilight Pride Parade.

Catch a screening of Milk on Jun 20 to kick off the first annual Orange County Gay Pride, presented by the LGBTQ Center of the Warwick Valley in upstate New York. Festivities continue through Sunday, Jun 22, and feature family entertainment, a Pride dance, games, live music and more.

This year, celebrate the fifth annual Harlem Pride extravaganza with VIP parties, film screenings, a Pride march and celebrations in Jackie Robinson Park, beginning Jun 22! This cultural festival showcases leading artists, community leaders and LGBT movers and shakers in upper Manhattan. Thru Jun 29.

On Jun 23, join the Center for its 31st Annual Garden Party: A Taste of Pride. Dress “summer chic” for this signature fundraising event to kick off Pride Week. Enjoy tastings from dozens of NYC’s premier restaurants. Sip on delicious, seasonal cocktails at the open bar while you bid on silent auction items and watch the sunset over the Hudson. And it’s all for a great cause. Proceeds from the party will support the Center’s life-changing and lifesaving programs and services, and keep their doors open to everyone in our community 365 days a year.

Fusion, the annual Pride party hosted by the New York City Anti-Violence Project takes place Jun 25! At BPM Nightclub, DJ Randy Bettis will launch the evening into high gear, pumping beats for more than 400 guests excited to get their Pride on. The event will also feature a photo booth and live entertainment. It’s always one of the best parties of the season!

Of course, the biggest Pride events in NYC take place during Pride Weekend, which officially starts with the NYC Pride Rally on Jun 27 at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26. On Jun 28, there will be a VIP Rooftop Party at Hudson Terrace for the boys; and Teaze, the famous dance formerly called Rapture on the River (also at Pier 26), for the ladies. Jun 29 brings us the motherlode of Pride events, the immense Pride March, beginning at noon at 36th Street and 5th Avenue, led by this year’s Grand Marshals Laverne Cox, Rea Carey and Jonathan Groff. PrideFest, now in its 20th year, is the day-long street fair, where you can people-watch or stock up on LGBT-themed swag. Later on that day, also at Pier 26, is Dance on the Pier, Pride’s biggest fundraiser. Don’t miss the headline performance by Demi Lovato!

If you haven’t marched in the Dyke March at least once, you’ll need to forfeit your lezzie membership card. OK, just kidding, but you really ought to join thousands of sapphic sisters on Jun 28 as they (we) march down Fifth Avenue for the 22nd annual Dyke March. Shout for your rights, protest against discrimination and harassment, and celebrate your fellow LBTQ women.

Staten Island PrideFest is celebrating a decade of Pride on Staten Island on Jul 12. They’re kicking it off with a first-ever PrideDay 5K Fun Run/Walk, a Doggy Drag Show (hosted by David Frei of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show) and a slew of new activities, events, and performers—Clinical Trials, Yeti, Pussywolf, Plastiq Passion and Spread the Rumor among them.

The 2014 Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair is being presented by the LGBTQ Community Services Center of the Bronx Jul 19. The event returns this year to the amphitheatre in Crotona Park and attendees can look forward to exhibits, awards, entertainment, speakers and special appearances by elected officials. Yay, Boogie Down Bronx. It’s gonna be awesome!

And Pride doesn’t stop in August, either! Show your Pride at the 14th Annual Jersey City Pride Festival, Aug 2 on Grove Street in Jersey City. Hudson Pride Connections Center and Humanity Pride Productions co-host the afternoon festivities, which include live entertainment, great food and drink, and family-friendly fun in a beautiful downtown setting.

“Celebrating our roots. Charting our future” is the  inspiring slogan of this year’s NYC Black Pride celebration from Aug 13-17. The festivities will include an awards ceremony, film festival, expo, beach party, cool-sounding Latex Ball, and much more. The host hotel is the iconic Hotel Pennsylvania. Stay tuned for more info.

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