Citywide Celebration

In 1969, New York’s Stonewall Riots marked a revolutionary turning point for gay rights. Every year NYC Pride Week, organized by Heritage of Pride, honors that pivotal moment through a slate of rousing events. For instance, there is PrideFest (June 25), the 24th annual famous West Village street fair fueled by vendors and entertainment that coincides with the world-famous March across the city. A human rights rally filled with community activists, the cheeky Masterbeat game show at Hammerstein Ballroom, a slew of rooftop shindigs, and OutCinema screenings of LGBTQ films followed by an open-bar party are also part of the mix.

New for 2017: Pride Island, a three-day showcase (June 23, 24, 25) of diverse musical acts spanning Patti LaBelle, Tegan and Sara, and DJ duo Chus & Ceballos at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26. The Village Voice Pride Awards recognizing local heroes, hosted by theater luminary Alan Cumming, is also an ambitious first.

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Photos Courtesy of NYC Pride Facebook

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