Gay Pride 2015 events in NYC

From the Pride Parade and Dyke March, to the Pier Dance and more, here's where you'll be celebrating Gay Pride this month

Photograph: Filip Wolak
New Yorkers enjoy the Pride Parade on June 29th, 2014

It's Gay Pride Month in NYC, which means gays from around the globe will unite for a month of LGBT love with all the queer dances, gay club nights, LGBT fund-raisers and rallies your gay heart can handle. And of course, there's the big Gay Pride March on Sunday, June 28. So strap on your dancing—or walking—shoes (or anything else that needs strapping on), put on our Pride playlist and get ready to celebrate.

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Gay Pride parades and festivals

The Pride Kickoff Rally

Before the glittery spectacle of the LGBT Pride March and the rest of the Gay Pride Weekend festivities, get pumped up…with a glittery spectacle! This official Gay Pride Weekend opening event started as a "gay power" demonstration with 500 protestors in Washington Square Park, a month after the 1969 Stonewall riots, considered the dawn of the modern gay-rights movement. Big-name performers often take the stage—Lady Gaga performed in 2013—while local politicians, comedians and other members of the LGBT community offer both serious and silly takes on Pride themes.

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Pier 26 26 Jun 2015 Free

New York City Dyke March

This annual event to raise awareness about women's and trans rights isn't exactly the flashy spectacle you'll get at tomorrow's Pride March, but it's still one of Pride Week's most essential events. BYO signs and banners, and keep in mind that the Dyke March doesn't have a permit—it's a protest, not a parade—so be prepared for possible interference from the fuzz. The march itself is open to all dykes and self-identified women. All other supporters are encouraged to cheer from the sidelines.

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Bryant Park 27 Jun 2015 Free

PrideFest

You know those street fairs that pop up around the city whenever the weather is nice? PrideFest is one of those—but way gayer! In addition to enjoying the usual street-fair fare—tube socks, hilarious T-shirts, the traditional greasy treats—you can pick up information about public health, collect swag from corporate sponsors, and mingle with a crowd full of Pride revelers and shell-shocked Village residents. After things wrap up here, you can work off some of that cheese at the Dance on the Pier.

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Manhattan 28 Jun 2015 Free

NYC Pride March

Our favorite parade of the year paints Fifth Avenue all the colors of the rainbow. More than 50 floats, 300 marching organizations and thousands of spectators come together for a celebration of love, equality and a whole lot of drag queens. This year's grand marshals are actors Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera and artist-educator J Christopher Neal. Check nycpride.org for a full list of Pride Week events. March begins at Fifth Ave and 36th St and proceeds south to the reviewing stand at Fifth Ave and 8th St before turning west on Christopher St to Greenwich St.

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Parade route 28 Jun 2015 Free

Gay Pride parties

Everybooty

An arty-queer-nightlife all-star team consisting of Sarah Jenny and the folks behind Spank and Big Art Group descends upon Brooklyn cultural beacon BAM for this third-annual Pride Week extravaganza. The dizzying array of delights on offer includes performances by Will Sheridan, Mizz June, the Feath3r Theory, the Turnt Up Trifecta, I Am a Boys Choir and more. In the Hillman Studio, check out readings from Max Steele. Video and art installations can be found throughout the building, and you may even find some karaoke and tarot readings. DJs Sean B, Matty Beatz and Deputy keep you moving well into the night.

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BAM Fisher 26 Jun 2015

Fantasy

This official Friday Pride Week late party features a burlesque masquerade theme, with DJ sets from international spinners the Freemasons and Kitty Glitter, plus special surprise performances throughout the night. Masks are encouraged but not required and are available for purchase if the mood strikes after you arrive.

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Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel 26 Jun 2015

Priday

The reliably awesome Hot Rabbit kids kick off Pride Weekend with a dance blowout featuring DJs Citizen Jane, Robi D Lite and Ches, plus performances by electropop combo Shirley House and drag star Jiggly Caliente and many more delights.

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Gramercy Theatre 26 Jun 2015

Furball Pride

Joe Fiore's party for husky, hairy men will have you working up a sweat on Pride Week eve, thanks to tunes from NYC's own DJ Corey Craig and Chicago guest spinner Jesse Mercado.

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Location TBA 26 Jun 2015

Horse Meat Disco NY Residency

The disco daddies of Horse Meat Disco come to us all the way from London for a night of Pride revelry. House of Stank gets things started.

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Output 26 Jun 2015

NYC Pride VIP Rooftop Party

Most official Heritage of Pride events have decidedly populist appeal. But for those who don't feel like cramming into packed events with the partying masses, this rooftop shindig, presented by the official Pride organizer, offers a more elite alternative. Perch on the lovely Hudson Terrace roof deck and groove to music by globe-trotting DJs while you await a gorgeous sunset over the river. Oh, and don't worry about Mother Nature: Hudson Terrace's retractable roof ensures you won't be getting soggy no matter what that bitch throws at us.

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Hudson Terrace 27 Jun 2015

#GUMBOPride Splash Pool Party + Sunset Roof Party

The guys from Gumbo return for a Pride Weekend party featuring a pool full of cute boys and music from DJs Jon Ali and Mark Holcomb. Advance tickets are required for the pool party, which runs till 6pm and is followed by a sunset soiree on the roof.

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Sixty Lower East Side 27 Jun 2015

Teaze

This annual women's dance, formerly known as Rapture on the River, is an alternative to the boy-heavy Dance on the Pier. Happening conveniently after the Dyke March, the party features a flock of sexy dancers and a sweaty crowd filled with girls who (unlike attendees at that other dance) don't have to worry about work in the morning.

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Pier 26 27 Jun 2015

Brütally Proud

The Brüt party gets super-sized for Pride with dark and sexy sets by Dan Darlington, Peter Napoli, Codes, Amanda Louise and Kenneth Rivera. When things wind down, follow the herd downtown to Santos Party House for an after-party starting at 5am.

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Irving Plaza 27 Jun 2015
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More Gay Pride events

Broadway Bares 25

This annual fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the unofficial kickoffs to Gay Pride Week in NYC, and features more than 150 dancers from the Great White Way stripping down in themed vignettes. This 25th edition is directed by the show's founder, Jerry Mitchell.

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Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center) 21 Jun 2015

Family Movie Night

Heritage of Pride officially kicks off its 2015 season with an alfresco movie night aimed at LGBT families.

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Hudson River Park, Pier 46 23 Jun 2015 Free

Hebro Pride

Avail yourself of the open bar and wander the exhibits at this museum party for LGBT Jews and their friends.

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The Jewish Museum 24 Jun 2015

Josh Sabarra

Memoirist Sabarra reads from his comedic book, Porn Again, which documents his troubled youth and later-in-life emergence from the closet.

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Barnes & Noble Union Square 25 Jun 2015 Free

Barefoot Wine Bear Garten

Vino purveyor Barefoot throws its annual NYC Pride celebration, hosted by RuPaul's Drag Race alums Jinkx Monsoon and Alaska Thunderfuck.

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The Park 25 Jun 2015 Free

Distorted Pride

Dallas DuBois, Holly Dae, Pixie Aventura, Brenda Dharling and Bootsie LeFaris send up silver-screen classics at this musical-comedy drag fest.

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Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 26 Jun 2015

QueerCom

LGBT comedy takes over the PIT for Pride Weekend. Highlights include Your Love, Our Musical, in which a complete musical is made up on the spot based on an interview with a couple from the audience; Chris Pappas's solo show A Homosexual's Guide to Love and International Travel; and a screening of Spooners, a new web series starring Frank DeCaro, Walter Replogle and Ben Lerman.

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Peoples Improv Theater Fri Jun 26 - Sun Jun 28

Switch N' Play

Gender-bending burlesque collective Switch N' Play bumps and grinds all over this Prospect Heights saloon for a special Pride show featuring guests Nyx Nocturne and Sasha Velour.

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Branded Saloon 27 Jun 2015

Justin Vivian Bond: Swallow My Pride

Alt-cabaret superstar Justin Vivian Bond has a mama-snake mixture of nurture and menace: part trans den mother, part cultural assassin, part offhand Cassandra. The singer's latest Joe's Pub set is pegged to Gay Pride weekend; expect a sly dose of shameless subversion.

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Joe's Pub at the Public Theater Sat Jun 27 - Sun Jun 28
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