NYC Pride Week

Gay pride marches and events are held in many big cities worldwide, but what a better place to celebrate pride week than NYC, where it all begun?

NYC Gay Pride Week, June 24 and June 29, is a series of parties and events, which ends with the world’s largest pride parade. The March starts at noon on 36th St. and 5th Avenue, continues down through 5th Avenue towards Greenwich and Christopher St. The March will be followed by a big party, “Dance on the Pier”, on Pier 26 at the Hudson River Park.

NYC Pride Parade

image: May S. Young

NYC Pride Week History

The first official pride march was in June, 28 1970, starting from Christopher St. in Greenwich Village to the Central Park with thousands of people. The first parade was held exactly a year after the Stonewall Riots, the decisive event in the gay rights movement, where members of the LGBT community protested against harassment and discrimination, in response to the NYC Police raid of the gay bar Stonewall Inn. A year later, pride marches took place in various cities in the US and worldwide, and since the 1980s, they became huge events, combining celebration and political awareness, attracting dozens and hundreds of participants and viewers of every sexual orientation.

NYC Pride Week 2014

In addition to the main march on Sunday, NYC Pride Week includes several other events:

The Rally is the official opening event of the Pride Week, begins Friday, June 27 at 6 PM at Pier 26 in Tribeca with performances by Michelle Visage, Sharon Needles and Betty Who.

Family Movie Night – an outdoor movie screening of the classic Wizard of Oz on Hudson River Park’s Pier 46, on June 24 at 7:30 (move screening starts an hour later), with family-friendly games and entertainment.

Parties – three different parties will be held during Pride Week: the all-guys Click Friday, on BPM NightClub at 516 W and 42nd St. and VIP Rooftop Party on Saturday afternoon at Hudson Terrace, and the all-women party Teaze on Saturday at Pier 26 at Hudson River Park.

PrideFest – the Pride Parade is followed by the traditional street fair of crafts and food, as well as street music and entertainment performances cover Hudson St. between 14th St. and Abingdon Sq.

For full schedule, visit NYC Pride official site.

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