Pride: The official events
The festival is more than just the march---though we've got details on that too.
Fri Jun 3 2011
Photograph: Jolie Ruben
In addition to the official Heritage of Pride events listed below, there are dozens of Pride-related events happening throughout the five boroughs this month. Click here for plenty more ways to spend your Pride. And come back often! We're updating constantly.
FREE Central Park's Rumsey Playfield, Fifth Ave at 72nd St (212-807-7433, nycpride.org). Subway: C, E to 72nd St. 3--6pm. Before the glittery spectacle next week, get pumped up...with a glittery spectacle! Okay, so it's actually got some serious parts, too: Speakers include Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund's Noah Lewis and Immigration Equality's Rachel Tiven. The aforementioned glitter comes courtesy of MC Ross Matthews, the cast of Broadway's Priscilla Queen of the Desert and indie chanteuse Oh Land.
VIP Rooftop Party
Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves (nycpride.org). Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St--Port Authority. 2--8pm. $50, in advance $30. Don't feel like cramming onto the pier with the sweaty masses? Plan ahead (tickets are very limited!) and attend this fancy-pants bash instead. DJ Dan DeLeon opens for superstar headliner Tracy Young. In case of rain, the Hudson Terrace's retractable glass rooftop will keep you nice and dry. You definitely won't get that on the pier!
Rapture on the River 2011
Pier 54, WW 13th St at the Hudson River (800-494-8497, nycpride.org). Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave. $35, in advance $25. 3--11pm. Sunday's Dance on the Pier isn't officially just for boys...but let's face it, the crowd is mostly guys there. So for the past eight years, the ladies have had their own official Pride party the night before. This year's edition has three extra hours of daylight and, for the first time, a wet T-shirt contest. Seriously.
2011 NYC Pride March
FREE March begins at Fifth Ave and 36th St and proceeds south to the reviewing stand at Fifth Ave and 8th St before turning west down Christopher St to Greenwich St (212-807-7433, nycpride.org). March kicks off at noon. This is it: It's shorter than it used to be (budget cuts trimmed all city parades last year), but it remains one of the year's most eye-catching spectacles, with more than a million spectators lining the route.
FREE Hudson St between Abingdon Sq and 14th St (212-807-7433, nycpride.org). Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave. 11am--7pm. Here's a sort of dirty secret: PrideFest is a lot like all of those other generic street fairs that happen around the city all summer—only with more rainbow-bedecked merchandise. Still! Those street fairs are a guilty pleasure, and there are sure to be plenty of cute boys and girls browsing the T-shirts and lining up for sausages.
Dance on the Pier: Dance 25
Pier 54, W W13th St at the Hudson River (800-494-8497, nycpride.org). Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave. 2--10:30pm; $125, in advance $75. DJs Lina and Vito Fun warm up for headliner Ana Paula at the official Pride Weekend capper. Come early for drink specials, and stay late for a fireworks display over the Hudson.