2015 NY Pre-Pride Guide

Get ready to party!

Queens Pride
June 7, Jackson Heights, queenspride.org. Queens Pride promotes awareness and education within the LGBTQ community of Queens. This year's theme is "PRIDE—STRENGTH—UNITY." Festivities consist of a parade along 37th Avenue from 89th Street to 75th Street, kicking off at noon, and a festival on 37th Road and 75th Street, beginning at 1pm.

Women's Pride in Cherry Grove
June 7, Fire Island Cherry Grove, facebook.com/womensprideincherrygrove. Party for a great cause at the Island Breeze from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Enjoy a buffet brunch with unlimited cocktails and a silent auction benefiting the EMS Initiative and funding a new truck for CGFD.

Jersey Pride
June 7, Asbury Park, NJ, facebook.com/JerseyPrideInc. Jersey Proud, Jersey Strong! New Jerseyans and other attendees at the 24th annual LGBTI Pride Celebration will be ready to party in Asbury Park from noon to 7pm. Celebrate at the beach with a day-long event featuring a parade, festival with top-name live acts, vendors and much more.

VCS Gay Pride Rockland
June 12-14, Nyack, NY, gaypriderockland.org. This LGBT Pride celebration boasts a weekend full of fabulous activities: a concert, dance and the main event on June 14—VCS Pride Sunday—that includes kid-friendly activities, speakers, exciting entertainment, street vendors and live music.

Brooklyn Pride
June 13, brooklynpride.org. The region’s only twilight Pride parade is the main event in an entire week of celebrations. A multicultural festival—featuring vendors, food trucks and live performances—will take place on 5th Avenue between 3rd and 9th Streets, starting at 11am.

Long Island Pride
June 13, Huntington, NY, lgbtnetwork.org/pride. LI’s largest LGBT Pride celebration happens in Huntington, where tens of thousands of revelers gather for a gigantic parade of floats, live acts and marchers. Afterwards, PrideFest rocks Heckscher Park with more performances, food vendors, a beer and wine garden, local business booths and more.

Women's Pride in the Pines
June 13, Whyte Hall, Fire Island Pines, hmi.org/womensprideinthepines. This year’s event is hosted by Hetrick-Martin Institute and will draw hundreds of women to the Pines. The afternoon begins with a dance (2:30pm-6pm) and concludes with a VIP dinner and show (7pm-9:30pm). Music by Johnny Dynell and Susan Levine, with special guest performer Joi Cardwell.

Orange County’s 2nd Annual Pride Weekend

June 19-21, Warwick, NY, gaywarwick.wix.com/ocnyprideweekend. Last year's inaugural pride event, presented by the LGBTQ Center of the Warwick Valley, was an overwhelming success with 5,000 visitors. In 2015 they’re going bigger! The weekend’s festivities, including vendors and entertainment, take place along Railroad Avenue.

Harlem Pride 2015
June 21-28, harlempride.org. Join the residents of the uptown enclave for the 6th annual Harlem Pride celebration. The week-long festivities include the Celebration of Life Event on June 23, the much-anticipated Pride Ride on June 26 and Pride Celebration Day on June 27.

Garden Party
June 22, Pier 84, gaycenter.org. From 6pm to 10pm, celebrate with hundreds of LGBT foodies at the Center's signature Pride fundraiser. NYC's top restaurants will participate, providing tastes of distinctive culinary offerings.

Fusion: AVP Pride Party
June 24, avp.org/support-avp/fusion-2015. Party with the NYC Anti-Violence Project to celebrate Pride and raise awareness about anti-LGBTQ violence. Check the website for venue location and other details.

Pride Rally
June 26, Pier 26, nycpride.org. The first NYC Pride Rally took place a month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered in Washington Square Park for a "Gay Power" demonstration. Today, that tradition continues and the Pride Rally serves as the official kick-off to NYC Pride!

VIP Rooftop Party
June 27, Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St, nycpride.org. NYC Pride and Brian Rafferty proudly present the 5th anniversary of the VIP Rooftop Party! Dance on one of NYC's most exclusive rooftop venues while overlooking the greatest city in the world during the nation’s largest Pride week!

June 27, Pier 26, nycpride.org. Teaze (formerly Rapture on the River) takes place from 3pm to 10pm and is NYC Pride's exclusive event for women. This hottest of celebrations will be held outdoors amidst the stunning views at Hudson River Park's Pier 26. Stay tuned for the DJ lineup and other details!

Dyke March
June 27, Bryant Park, facebook.com/dykemarchnyc. For the past 23 years, the Dyke March has been 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?

Pride March
June 28, begins at 36th St and Fifth Ave, nycpride.org. The first March was held in 1970 and is now one of the world’s biggest Pride events! The March kicks off at noon and fills Fifth Avenue with colorful array of floats, marchers, drag stars, hot grrls and muscle boys in underwear. It is a true celebration of our lives and our community!

June 28, Hudson St btw Abingdon Sq and W 14th St, nycpride.org. Going on its 21st year, PrideFest has reigned as the official LGBT street fair of NYC Pride, with locals, families, community leaders and business owners. Expect vendors, great food, tons of live entertainment and amazing people-watching.

Dance on the Pier
June 28, Pier 26, nycpride.org. After the March, dance on the pier! This event features high-profile performers and world-renowned DJs. It’s the perfect way to wrap up an epic Pride week, with all proceeds benefiting NYC's official Pride events and local LGBT community organizations.

LGBT Pride Month Reception
June 30, The Shearman Room, Shearman & Sterling LLP, 599 Lexington Avenue, transgenderlegal.org. Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund hosts its 6th annual Pride month cocktail party from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Attendees will learn about TLDEF's groundbreaking litigation, while drinking and mingling.

Staten Island Pride Parade and Festival
July 11, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, pridecentersi.org/pridefest-1. This year marks the 11th annual celebration of Pride on Staten Island, from the boardwalk in Midland Beach, to the park and streets of St. George. The day kicks off with a Pride Day 5K PrideFest Run/Walk around the gorgeous 83-acre campus.

What Do You Think?