New York City is no stranger to the history of the LGBTQ+ community. Some of their most iconic landmarks can be found in the heart of the Big Apple. To keep their history alive and celebrate how far they’ve come, the city is proud to host NYC Pride and create several events for the community throughout the month of June. Whether you want to dance the night away, learn more about the history of Pride Month or meet other members of the community, there’s something for everyone in this great city.
Pride Month in New York
Hester Street Fair
It might not be what you usually find at Pride, but the Hester Street Fair is offering fun this year that everyone can join. This fair is located at Pier 17 in Seaport, an event space with a perfect view of the water at any time of day. They’re combining with Pride this year to create the Pride Market, an opportunity for LGBTQ+-owned and operated businesses to share their vendors with others on June 25. Starting at 11 a.m., visitors can find a variety of goods that are sure to catch your eye. Thanks to their partnership with Pride, you’ll also find ways to get moving throughout the day, such as music by Bill Coleman and other live performances.
The music industry is a great way for LGBTQ+ voices to be heard through song, and there’s one event during Pride that celebrates each one. Happening on June 25 and 26, Pride Island is returning to the celebrations with a new venue at Governors Island. This music festival brings together some of the biggest LGBT+ artists today to share their songs and get everyone on their feet. This year’s headline act is Kim Petras, who’ll be performing on June 26. You’ll also find other top artists on stage throughout the weekend, such as Lil’ Kim, Shenseea and Raye.
If you’re looking for a different kind of party experience during Pride, head over to 3 Dollar Bill in Brooklyn on June 25. They’re this year’s host for Teaze, the ultimate Pride party experience. Teaze is returning after a two-year hiatus and hosts four different parties under one roof. Each one has a unique theme that you won’t find anywhere else in the city and caters to every kind of party you love. Get creative with parties celebrating the arts like “Parks & Rec” and “Ballroom Bashment,” or come together with the Asian and Black communities at “Bubble_T” or “Bklyn Boihood.”
June 26 marks a major milestone for the LGBT+ community, so that’s when you’ll find some of their biggest events in the city. The fun begins with their annual street fair, PrideFest. When you visit Greenwich Village, you’ll find a variety of outdoor fun waiting for you in this neighborhood. You can jam out to some music thanks to their entertainment stage, get everyone in on the fun at their interactive family area or taste some delicious local food along the streets. PrideFest begins at 11 a.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to check out what’s in store before the rest of the day’s festivities begin.
The biggest event Pride is known for is the Pride March, as the very first March in 1970 is what sparked the movement we currently have today. This year is the 53rd year of the March, and it’s promising to be just as grand as years before. Beginning at noon, participants can march through Madison Square Park, Greenwich Village and Chelsea and celebrate their history in the neighborhood streets. The route includes several LGBTQ+ landmarks along the path, including the Stonewall National Monument and the New York City AIDS Memorial. This year’s March will be led by five grand marshals made up of various LGBT+ celebrities and activists, including Punkie Johnson, Schuyler Bailar and Dominique Morgan. Come be a part of what Pride is all about and see where it all began on June 26.
After the March is through, there’s a place for LGBTQ+ womxn to celebrate with their own community. Formerly known as Femme Fatale, Bliss Days is returning to Pride after a two-year hiatus to give all womxn a chance to party with their community. When you step onto Harbor Rooftop in Midtown West, you’ll find a dance party filled with special acts throughout the afternoon. You can dance along to songs from rotating DJs, see a pop-up performance and get a chance to meet a special guest. Best of all, you’re sure to meet someone new and join others in the community to end Pride Month with a bang.