Pride Guide

New York City, NY Gay Pride – June 25 - 27

By: Brodie

New York City Pride is the Mother of all Pride celebrations. Beginning on the second to last Saturday with a Rally in Central Park to kick things off and NYC’s Pride celebration continues with nine days worth of events culminating in the nation’s largest Gay Pride March. The theme for this year’s celebration is Liberty and Justice for All.  Acting as a reminder to us all on why we are marching and celebrating as well as reinforcing our ongoing mission for equality.

With a mixture of political events, parties, dances, rallies and marches, NYC Pride is unlike any other pride in the country and needs to be experienced to fully understand its impact.

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88729344 The Rally
Saturday, June 19th 4PM- 8PM
Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield
(enter the park at e 69th Street or west 72nd)
Hosted by Bruce Vilanch and Vickie Shaw. Appearances by: Wendy Williams, Martha Wash, Cast of the Broadway Production of Hair, New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Me’Shell Ndegeocello. Speakers: Dan Choi, Cathy Marino-Thomas, Kevin Robert Frost


Aids Candlelight Vigil NYC
7:30 PM
Stonewall Place & 7th Ave South
A memorial to all the people who died of HIV/AIDS, to show support for survivors in addition to support for those now afflicted with HIV/AIDS. This event is a nondenominational. There is no discrimination of color, race and/or sexual preference. Aids Candlelight Vigil NYC is not associated with any political, religious, or city, state or federal agency. It is just a group of loving, caring individuals with a common cause, to REMEMBER, and to SHOW SUPPORT. Everyone is welcome! Candles provided free of charge. The procession starts at Sheridan Square Park and proceeds down Christopher Street. A banner and the wreath is carried and at the end of Christopher Street at the Hudson River waterfront, tossed into the waters in memory of those who have passed of AIDS. For more info, click here.


Dyke March
5:00 PM
Bryant Park
It's the time to hit the streets! Make some noise.  Be visible.  Be heard.  Demonstrate, agitate, liberate! Bring signs, banners, drums, giant puppets, flags, hula hoops, or just be there! Thousands of dykes take over the streets every year in celebration of LBTQ women and to protest against ongoing discrimination, harassment, and anti-LBTQ violence in schools, on the job, in our families, and on the streets. 

6:00 - 11:00 PM
Hudson River Park
Pier 54, 13th Street at the West Side Highway
Music by Susan Morabito
Takes place right after the Dyke March

19th Annual HOT! Festival of Queer Performance and Culture
(Runs through August 7th, 2010)
Most shows at 7:30 and 9:30 PM - Check schedule for exact times
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street (Delancey/Rivington)
New York, NY 10002
HOT! Festival is the longest running LGBTQ Festival in the world. The Village Voice calls it "New York's Best Gay Theater Festival!" For 19 years, Dixon Place has presented emerging and established artists in the Queer universe who present their finest works in theater, music, dance, performance, and literature. 2010's HOT! Festival features Dynasty Handbag, Scotty Heron, Frank DeCaro, Robert Richards, Holly Hughes, World Famous Bob, Reno, Liz Liguori & Jesse Mann, and over 60 more artists! For 2010, we've lowered our prices to all shows at only $10 (advance). Many shows in our cozy cocktail lounge are free and you're invited to our post-show parties where you meet your favorite artists. Check the HOT! Festival website for more information and updated schedule and pricing. Make HOT! Festival part of your sizzling New York summer! For more info, click here.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The March
Kicks off at 12:00 PM
Nw Route This Year: March goes down Fifth Ave starting at 36th street and proceed south to 9th Street where it turns right and continues west to Christopher Street. Grand Marshalls: Dan Choi, Judy Shepard, Constance McMillen. Expect over 200,000 Marchers and 1,000,000 spectators.
1:00 PM
Moment of Silence (in honor and memory of those we have lost to AIDS)- The entire parade stops and all music and audio is turn off for 1 minute.

Pride Festival
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
It’s a Gay Pride block party spanning 6 blocks from Bethune to 13th Street along Hudson Street, in the West Village.
Street fair, playground, performance space and celebration: Market Place- T-shirts, food, music & more.
Stagefest – Live performances by Hedda Lettuce, Vanessa Valtre, Kiara Montiero, Melinda Hansen, Antigone Rising, Tony Eno and more.

71295265 Kid Fest
For those with little ones, head over to Kidspace located in Saravelli Park located on Hudson between Horatio and Ganesvoort Streets. Games, toys and organized activities for tots.

Pet Pride
12:30 PM
NYC Pride presents Petpride sponsored by Petco.
Pets in costumes will walk the fashion runway for judges Micahel Musto and Jack Mackenroth.
Email [email protected] for details.

Dance on the Pier- DANCE 24
4:00 -10:30 PM, Fireworks
Hudson River Park
Pier 54, 13th Street at the West Side Highway
DJs: Steve Oliveri & Freemasons
The Dance on the Pier was born out of a time when LGBT persons could not dance openly and proudly together. It is a protest set to music, a celebration set to the western skyline and a reminder of how far we've come. All proceeds from the Dance on the Pier benefit New York City's LGBT Pride Week events and community organizations.
Tickets NOW Available: June 1-26 $75, Door $100, VIP Passes $150
Please Note: VIP Tickets are now sold out online, however they are still available at the stores listed below. It is best to give a call before heading over to make sure they still have them in stock.
10:30 PM
A glorious Fireworks display over the Hudson River. The show can be seen from anywhere along the riverfront on the west side.


Check out’s complete guide to the hottest gay bars and most amazing restaurants New York City has to offer you. Eat, drink, and enjoy @ Pride!


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541 Lexington Avenue 
New York, NY 10022 USA 
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Hudson Hotel
356 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019
Tel.  212 554 6000 
Group/Events Sales  212 554 6120
Come Out and Play Package from $149: Includes two drinks per day and priority access to all restaurants and bars. Valid through September 30, 2010.

Chelsea Inn
46 W 17th St,
New York, NY 10011
A European-style inn that feels more like a giant walk-up apartment than a hotel.

Chelsea Mews Guest House
344 W 15th St,
New York City, NY 10011
Only men are allowed at this eight room, gay-friendly guesthouse.

Chelsea Pines Inn
317 W 14th St,
New York, NY 10014
A favorite lodging for gay travelers, this 19th-century townhouse hotel lies on the border of Chelsea, Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District.

Gershwin Hotel
7 E 27th St,
New York, NY 10016
The bizarre facade of this hotel on the outskirts of Chelsea reflects the art-centric theme that permeates the entire place, making it popular with the fashion-conscious set.

Paramount Hotel
235 W 46th St.,
New York, NY 10036
212 764 5500
The Paramount Hotel warmly welcomes LGBT guests to enjoy a glamorous stay in NYC's bustling Times Square.

71295273 TIPS

March 'Must Have' list from a seasoned New Yorker:

  1. Comfy Shoes
  2. Water
  3. Sun Screen (hopefully)
  4. Umbrella (hopefully not)
  5. Camera
  6. Be ready for Moment of Silence
  7. Take notice of the Lavender Line that is painted down Fifth Ave along the parade route.
  8. Sequins & glitter
  9. Pride
  10. Friendly, open mind. People from all over the world come to celebrate Pride in the greatest city in the world. Be ready for anything!

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