Gay Pride New York 2013

HOW COOL IS THAT PHOTO? Such CELEBRATION!  

I think it’s pretty hard to beat Gay Pride in New York! 40+ years since the Stonewall Riots…and LOOK how far we have come!

Two Years Following the Passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act, NYC Remains Nation’s Most Popular LGBT Travel Destination, Attracting Visitors From Around the Globe.
Nearly 2 Million Expected to Attend Flagship Heritage of Pride Events this June.

NYC & Company,
New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership
organization, is highlighting several annual gay pride events taking
place throughout the City as the summer travel season begins.
Recognized as the number one LGBT travel destination in the United
States, New York City will be brimming with energy, diversity and
excitement. From the flagship Heritage of Pride events in
Manhattan—where nearly 2 million people are expected to attend—to
the diverse pride events and celebrations happening in the boroughs
outside Manhattan, New York City is the ideal destination for visitors
seeking a unique and festive pride experience.

“New York City is an
iconic destination for LGBT travel, particularly during our annual
Pride Week celebrations,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC &
Company. “Following the legalization of same-sex marriage
in New York two years ago, the City remains the most popular gay travel
destination in the United States. We encourage visitors from around the
world to book their travel now and experience the many pride
festivities taking place throughout the five boroughs.”

A full listing of NYC 2013 pride activity can be accessed at nycgo.com/gay.  Highlights of activity taking place throughout
the City, organized by borough, follows: 

 

Manhattan

 

Heritage of Pride,
which organizes the City’s flagship LGBT events and
commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots that sparked the modern
gay-rights movement, features the theme “Rain to Rainbows” for its
lineup of pride events this year.

 

“After
years of inequality in this country we are finally turning the course
toward receiving full equality. While this won’t be achieved overnight
we
are proud of our community’s accomplishments over the last decade and
look to the future with a positive stance on the state of LGBT rights,”
said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of Heritage of Pride. “With the
Supreme Court deciding on same-sex marriage
days prior to NYC Pride’s largest day we are projecting an increase in
attendance to nearly 2 million individuals and are excited to welcome
the world with open arms.”

The PrideFest street fair, now in its 20th year, will take place on
Sunday, June 30, 11am–6pm. Thousands of visitors attend the event at
Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street each
year, joining locals, corporate sponsors, community leaders and business
owners.

With Edith Windsor (the central figure
in the case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act), Harry
Belafonte (singer, songwriter and longtime social activist) and Earl
Fowlkes (president and CEO of the
Center for Black Equity) as the grand marshals, The March will
take place on Sunday, June 30, at noon. The parade, which has taken
place to celebrate the gay community since 1970, begins at 36th Street
and Fifth Avenue and ends in Greenwich Village.
Free registration is now open online.

Three events will take place at Pier 26 (on the West Side Highway; attendees should cross at Laight Street) this year:

 

·        
The Rally will take place on Friday, June 28, 7–10pm, showcasing speakers and well-known
performers in honor of the first NYC pride rally that occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots.

·        
Rapture on the River,
one of the nation’s largest ladies-only dance events, will celebrate
its 10-year anniversary on Saturday, June 29, 3–10pm. Tickets
are available online.

·        
On Sunday, June 30,
Dance on the Pier is back for its 27th year with
award-winning DJs and the world’s longest-running LGBT fireworks display
along the Hudson River. The event, 3–10pm, is the official close to NYC
Pride events. Tickets are available
online.

To purchase tickets, register and access a comprehensive list of all events, visit
nycpride.org or follow Heritage of Pride on Twitter (
twitter.com/nycpride)
or on Facebook (
facebook.com/nycpride).

 

Bronx

 

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in partnership with Boogie Down Pride and Brainpower, will host the third annual
Bronx LGBT Allies Award Ceremony on Thursday, June 20, 2013, 6pm,
at the Rotunda at 851 Grand Concourse. The event will honor individuals
who have made positive contributions to the LGBT community in the
Bronx. For more information, go to
bronxboropres.nyc.gov/.

 

Brooklyn

 

New
York City’s most populous borough celebrates gay pride with events on
Saturday, June 8. Brooklyn Pride 2013 features the 16th annual
Brooklyn Pride LGBT 5K Run through the historic Prospect Park. Runners must sign up at
nycruns.com (limited to 500 participants). Runners can check in at 8am; the
race starts at 10am.

 

Also on June 8, visitors and locals can attend the
Brooklyn Pride Festival, 11am–5pm at a new location, on
Fifth Avenue, between Third and Ninth Streets. This year’s festival will
feature two stages for local performers and LGBT–friendly sports teams
that will be playing behind the Old Stone House
at J.J. Byrne Park.


At 7:30pm, the Brooklyn Pride Parade will begin at a new location, at Sterling Place, and march down Fifth Avenue, ending at Ninth Street.

 

For more information, please visit
brooklynpride.org.

 

Queens

 

On Sunday, June 2, Queens Pride, which promotes education and awareness of LGBT issues in the borough, hosts its
Parade and Multicultural Festival, noon–6pm, in Jackson Heights,
with the theme “Equality. Everyday. Everyone.”  The parade starts at
85th Street and 37th Avenue at noon, and will follow 37th Avenue through
75th Street. Also starting at noon, the festival
will take place through 6pm on 37th Road between 74th and 77th Streets.
Parade participants will have the opportunity to win “Queenie Awards,”
ranging from the best use of color to the best drag performance.

 

For more information and to register for the events, go to
queenspride.org.

 

Staten Island

 

The Staten Island LGBT Community Center hosts the
LGBT Pride Parade & Festival 2013 in the St. George
neighborhood on Saturday, June 1, noon–5pm. The parade kicks off at noon
at on Central Avenue at Slosson Terrace, ending at Tompkinsville Park,
where the festival will feature LGBT–friendly entertainment,
amusements and vendors till 5pm.

 

For more information and to register for the events, visit
silgbtcenter.org or
facebook.com/statenislandparade.

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