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 fundraisers 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 2015 events by date

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) Sunday June 21 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 Tuesday June 23 2015 Free

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 Friday June 26 2015 Free

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 Saturday June 27 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 Saturday June 27 2015

NYC Pride March

While it's not really offensive to call the NYC Pride March a parade, it's also technically incorrect. The event—which first happened in 1970, marking the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising—is a march for civil rights, not a celebratory parade. But that doesn't mean it isn't fun! Every year, more than a million spectators line Fifth Avenue to take in outlandish costumes, elaborate floats and eye-popping performances. Groups representing the five boroughs and beyond include everything from churches and support groups to social organizations and politicians eager to get out the gay vote.

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Parade route Sunday June 28 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 aforementioned 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.

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Manhattan Sunday June 28 2015 Free

Dance on the Pier

Heritage of Pride's official Pride Weekend capper unfolds under the stars, with the skyline glowing to the east and the Hudson shimmering to the west. This year's DJs are Ralphi Rosario, the Cube Guys and Wayne G, plus there's always a variety of live performers—last year's headliner was pop princess Demi Lovato, and don't rule out a last-minute surprise (Jennifer Lopez and Whitney Houston are among the megastars who have dropped by with no advance fanfare). As the dance starts to wind down, cast your eyes to the sky for a fireworks display.

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Pier 26 Sunday June 28 2015

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