Gay Pride New York is right on up there as one of the biggest and best gay prides in the globe, after all it is the Big Apple we're talking about. Taking place in the month of June, during the height of New York's summer, NYC Pride illuminates the city with a range of LGBTQ-related parties, events, conferences, and of course one incredible and colorful parade.
The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, that launched the modern Gay Rights Movement. In the morning of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a local gay bar in Greenwich Village that very much represented the city's underground LGBTQ culture. Following these violent and discriminatory attacks, 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park a month later. This was followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. A year later in 1970, the very first NYC Pride March took place on June 28.
Gay Pride New York has continued this proud tradition by hosting the event in various locations throughout the city. The March passes by the site of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, location of the June 1969 Stonewall riots. Today, the New York Pride parade rivals Sao Paulo Gay Pride Parade and Madrid Pride as the largest pride parade in the world, attracting each year in June hundreds of thousands of participants and millions of sidewalk spectators.
In 2019, New York celebrated a special pride, in the form of WorldPride NYC. The iconic event transpired for the entire month of June, and celebrated 50 years since the Stonewall Riots. Various festivities including PrideFest and Pride Island dazzled the city, with headline acts including Melissa Etheridge and Madonna.
Each year during Gay Pride New York, there are a series of parties and celebrations which take place throughout NYC, and continue right up until the concluding Pride Parade, which happens towards the end of June. While the main parade usually transpires in the heart of Manhatten, pride events often occur in other areas of the city too, including Brooklyn and Staten Island.
The aim of NYC Pride, as with every other pride, is to seek a future without discrimination. A future in which LGBTQ people can not only be recognized and accepted, but also one where they can enjoy the same rights as everyone else. Gay Pride New York aims to achieve this by curating a rich program of events that can inspire, commemorate, educate, and celebrate every shade of the pride rainbow. So will we be seeing you this year in the Big Apple for Gay Pride New York? Naturally!
In 2021, NYC Pride Parade will be virtual, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Full details, including how to watch the live stream can be found here. The theme for NYC Pride 2021 is aptly, "The Fight Continues" which references not only the Covid-19 pandemic which shook the world, but also many national and local issues including police brutality, state anti-LGBTQ legislation, and economic hardship to name a few. The goal of NYC Pride 2021 is to recognize the power of solidarity and the overall strength and resilience of our community.
For the entire month of June, NYC Pride will be curated a series of online events including the iconic NYC Pride March which will take place on Sunday June 27 along with the Pride Rally which is scheduled for June 25, and will feature a diverse array of speakers and activists in a virtual format. Popular PrideFest and Pride Island will also return on June 27, however, specific details concerning how these will take place are yet to be determined, so stay tuned.
The following is the event program of a previous pride edition.
New York Pride 2020 dates are June 14 to 28, and we couldn't be more excited! The Big Apple is exuberant at the best of times, and during Gay Pride New York things reach an all time high. After all, what's not to love about a massive Pride Parade, and loads of other LGBTQ-related parties happening in the city that never sleeps?
The theme for Gay Pride NYC 2020 is "The Future Is..." which intends to connect the past, present, and future of the LGBTQ community. It seeks to connect the storied past, milestones, and exciting future for the community, and is inclusive of identity, race, age, religion, language and body types. "The Future Is..." hopes to recognise the diversity of the LGBTQ community, all the while acknowleding every individual's unique and valued outlook for the future.
2020 will be special for Gay Pride New York as it will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the NYC Pride March on June 28. In keeping with tradition, the New York Pride Parade 2020 will kick off on Sunday, June 28 at 12pm. The location is still TBD, so stay tuned for details. While the sheer scale cannot be expected to be quite as big as that of WorldPride 2019, 2018 welcomed more than 100 floats, along with 550 marching contingents. So in keeping with NYC and its pride traditions, we can expect something big.
Along with the iconic Pride Parade, you can look forward to a jam-packed program for New York Gay Pride 2020. Those looking to celebrate their pride with a series of lively parties can do so at the popular Pride Island. The location, and line-up are all yet to be determined, so stay tuned for details, but we can tell you all the fun will be taking place over the weekend of June 26 to 28.
Love a good street party? So do we! If you want to experience your pride dancing along the city streets of the Big Apple, you need to get yourself to the iconic PrideFest, which will this year take place on Sunday June 28, from 11am to 6pm. This free and open-to-all street fair brings together exhibitors, entertainers, and activities for a fun-filled day that promotes equality. All the action will be taking place on 4th Avenue, between Union Square and Astor Place.
Those looking for something other than festivities and parties should look to the Human Rights Conference, which will take place on Thursday, June 25 at the New York Law School. Uniting a range of professions in the one space, including activists, journalists, educators, policy makers and more, this conference will be a unique experience to discuss pertinent human rights issues concerning the global LGBTQ community.
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