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How to Celebrate Pride in New York City

June 21, 2019 by Michael Gioia
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As the LGBTQ+ community marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, the beginning of the gay liberation movement, WorldPride is celebrated for the first time in America. As New York City readies to host the anticipated event, here are ways to show your pride in and around Manhattan. From the World Pride Opening Ceremony and the annual NYC March to dining, drinking and celebrating in the boroughs of New York, here is your guide to Pride.

Main Events and Marches
World Pride Opening Ceremony
When: June 26, 7-10PM
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn
What: Whoopi Goldberg will host the official opening ceremony for WorldPride 2019 — the first WorldPride hosted in America — in Brooklyn. The concert will feature performances from Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, Chaka Khan, Ciara, Daya and Todrick Hall and benefit Ali Forney Center, Immigration Equality and SAGE — three leading organizations in the LGBTQ+ movement. For more information, go here.

Stonewall 50 Commemoration
When: June 28, 6-9pm
Where: Christopher Street & Waverly Place
What: Fifty years to the day since the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, the LGBTQ+ community will take it back to the streets alongside community activists, organizers and politicians for a re-imagined rally honoring those who stood up for same-sex rights. Speakers include Barbara Poma, the owner of the Pulse Nightclub and founder of the onePULSE Foundation; Harnaam Kaur, a body positivity activist otherwise known as The Bearded Dame; and more. For more information, go here.

NYC Pride March
When: June 30, beginning at noon
Where: Step off at 26th Street & 5th Avenue
What: Since 1970, members of the LGBTQ+ community come from around the world to march the streets of New York City and show their pride. Led by cast members from the FX series “Pose,” Gay Liberation Front, The Trevor Project and more, over 100 floats will make their way to 23rd Street and 7th Avenue. For more information, including the March map, the March rules and FAQ, go here.

NYC Dyke March
When: June 29, beginning at 5pm
Where: Bryant Park
What: Unlike the NYC Pride March, the New York City Dyke March defines itself as a protest march — not a parade. Any person who identifies as a dyke is welcome to march regardless of gender expression or identity, sex assigned at birth, sexual orientation, race, age, political affiliation, religious identity, ability, class or immigration status. For more information, go here.

WorldPride Closing Ceremony
When: June 30, 7-10pm; entry begins at 5pm
Where: Times Square
What: Send out Pride month with sparkles, celebrity speakers and some of the best talent New York City has to offer! Hosted by Margaret Cho, the closing ceremony will feature performances from Deborah Cox, the cast of Broadway’s “The Prom” and more. For more information, go here.

Go See a Show

Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnunen in “The Prom.” (Photographed by Deen van Meer)

Broadway and Beyond
With hundreds of shows to catch in New York City, dozens on and Off-Broadway and beyond celebrate the LGBTQ+ experience on stage. From Broadway’s “The Prom,” where a teenage lesbian couple takes center stage, to Off-Broadway’s “OSCAR at the Crown,” an immersive experience in Brooklyn celebrating queer icon Oscar Wilde, you’ll be sure to find yourself or someone you know represented under the spotlights. For more information, go here.

Learn the History

Gay Secrets Tour of the Met Museum
When: June 30, 10am-noon
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art
What: Led by gay historian Professor Andrew Lear, the Gay Secrets tour will uncover hidden gems in Metropolitan Museum masterpieces — and the tour will end just in time to make the beginning of the NYC Pride March. For more information, go here .

Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50
When: Open through July 13
Where: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
What: The free exhibition at the New York Public Library commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots through the photojournalists who captured the iconic events in 1969. For more information, go here.

The NAMES Project/AIDS Memorial Quilt
Where: Various locations around the world
What: Throughout the month of June, various locations in New York City will display The AIDS Memorial Quilt, which commemorates and honors those lost to AIDS. Over 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels have been sewn together to make the Quilt. For a list of locations, go here.

Attend Drag Brunch

The Official Drag Brunch of WorldPride
When: June 30, 1-4pm
Where: Burger & Lobster
What: Bob The Drag Queen will DJ WorldPride’s official drag brunch, featuring performances by Brooke Lynn Hytes, Sapphira Cristal, Kandy Muse, Sherry Pie, Iris Spectre and Selma Nilla as well as a special guest appearance from Brooke Lynn Hytes from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 11. Seating for the show will start at noon, and VIP/Meet & Greet tickets are available for purchase, which includes premium seating and a photo with the cast after the show. For more information, go here.

Go Out for a Drink with Friends

Here are some of the city’s popular LGBTQ+ bars

The Ritz: 369 W. 46th Street

Boxers: 37 W. 20th Street; 742 9th Avenue; 3820 Broadway

Pieces: 8 Christopher Street

Gym: 167 8th Avenue

Rebar: 225 W. 19th Street

Club Cumming: 505 E. 6th Street

Atlas Social Club: 753 9th Avenue

Barrage: 401 W. 47th Street

Flaming Saddles: 793 9th Avenue

Hardware: 697 10th Avenue

Industry: 355 W. 52nd Street

9th Avenue Saloon: 656 9th Avenue

Rise Bar: 859 9th Avenue

Therapy: 348 W. 52nd Street

Vodka Soda/Bottoms Up: 315 W. 46th Street

The Duplex: 61 Christopher Street

Monster: 80 Grove Street

Marie’s Crisis: 59 Grove Street

Parties and Celebrations

Ladyland Festival
When: June 28-29, 5 PM
Where: Brooklyn Mirage
What: Kick off your Pride weekend at this outdoor queer music festival in Brooklyn. With over two dozen artists performing, there is something for everyone — in fact, LadyLand proclaims that all are welcome with open arms. For more information, go here.

Femme Fatale
When: June 30, 4PM–midnight
Where: The Park, 118 10th Avenue
What: If you want to keep the party going long after the NYC March has taken its final steps, head over to the official rooftop party. Over 1,500 partygoers are expected for the event, which will feature special celebrity guest DJs. For more information, go here.

Youth Pride
When: June 29, Noon-6PM
Where: SummerStage, Central Park at 5th Avenue at 69th Street
What: Want to celebrate Pride with fellow teenagers? The free event, open to those under 21, will feature interactive experiences, games and entertainment. For more information, go here.