Show your pride at one or more of the free NYC Pride Week events this weekend, including street fairs and parades. There are also ticketed events, but because this is NYC on the Cheap, we are listing the free ones first.
New York City LGBT Pride March on Sunday, June 28th is the grand finale to a month of LGBT events in NYC. This year’s parade and rally will be grand marshalled by Sir Ian Mckellan and Sir Derek Jacobi.
The parade marches down Fifth Avenue from 36th Street to Christopher and Greenwich Streets, starting at noon.
This is the world’s largest LGBT parade, with outlandish and festive floats, spontaneous dance parties and great music. It’s a combination party and civil rights march. And this year is extra festive because of the NYC ruling earlier this week giving the Stonewall Inn landmark status for it significance in LGBT history.
Here are other events and details for everything are on the NYC Pride website:
Friday, June 27th: NYC Pride Week Rally at Pier 26 in Tribeca is the official kick-off to NYC Pride Week, celebrating the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when five hundred peaceful protesters gathered in Washington Square Park to express solidarity and gay pride. The rally features dozens of well-known speakers and performers (Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance last year) and attracts thousands of attendees. Event schedule. 6pm to 9:30pm
Saturday, June 27th: Harlem Pride Day: The sixth annual family-friendly street fair with artists, food, in Jackie Robinson Park, 148th Street and Brandhurst Avenue, noon to 6pm. Harlem’s LGBT sponsorslive performances throughout the day. This uptown event began as a block party on 119th Street and now is one of the biggest uptown events in the summer with thousands of visitors. Additional details on Harlem Pride website.
Sunday, June 28th: Pridefest, following The March, a giant block party with vendors, music and more. The location is a few blocks from the end of the march route and a few blocks from the Hudson River piers, an excellent place to watch the sunset after a full day of NYC Pride. On Hudson Street, from 14th Street to Abingdon Square, 11AM to 6PM.
Ticketed events include Teaze and Dancing on the Pier, which ends with a fireworks display. Proceeds benefit NYC’s LGBT Pride Week events and community organizations. Ticket information here.
Rainbow Fashion Week: Art and fashion shows including performance art, art films and more, June 19-26, in trendy locations including West Elm in Chelsea and the Refinery Hatbox in the Garment District. Tickets are $20-$25 per show. Show descriptions and ticket information here.
Additional events, including boat rides, masquerade parties and more, in this recent AMNY article.