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AB Soto performs the Brooklyn Pride closing party at Bad Habit

The best events at Brooklyn Pride

Brooklyn Pride adds a heaped helping of party fun to its family-friendly mix of LGBT events and festivals

By Ethan LaCroix

Mention Brooklyn Pride to anyone who’s attended the borough’s official festivities in the past, and you’re likely to get something along the lines of “cute” or, less charitably, “boring.” But for the last few years, Brooklyn Pride has begun to creep up on the big Gay Pride extravaganzas, with official and unofficial events appealing to the borough’s gay nightlife-loving demographic. This year’s official opening and closing parties are produced by the folks behind the long-running mixed-queer shindig Hot Rabbit, and events not officially affiliated with Brooklyn Pride—such as a queer edition of Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum, and a gigantic dance blowout at Verboten—have also upped the cool factor. Of course, there’s still plenty of family fun to be had: The nighttime Pride Parade and preceding festival are definitely Park Slope parent-approved. But this year, the party will rage on well after the kids are snug in their beds.

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Best Brooklyn Pride events

Photograph: Grace Chu

Bad Habit


The gang behind long-running weekly Manhattan throwdown Hot Rabbit jumps the river to throw this monthly mixer for cute Bushwickers and their pals.

Brooklyn Pride
Photograph: Syd London

Brooklyn Pride Parade and Festival


Though not as rowdy, sparkly or massive as its Manhattan cousin, the Brooklyn Pride Parade still celebrates the LGBTQ community with gusto, by way of a family-friendly festival and twilight parade. Fifth Ave from Lincoln Pl to 9th St; festival Fifth Ave between 3rd and 9th Sts

Erin Markey
Photograph: Amos Mac



The kids behind Hot Rabbit bring you this casual party at the erstwhile home of Cattyshack.

Target First Saturdays

Things to do

At this special Pride Month version, take in a performance from the NYC Gay Men's Chorus, take a guided tour of the Zanele Muholi: "Isibonelo/Evidence" exhibit and dance to music from DJ Lynnee Denise.

DJ Sveta
Photograph: Kellie Lafranchi

We Are Brooklyn Pride


Party with Whitney Day and fellow DJs Sveta, Amber Valentine, M.O., Robi D Light and Colby B in this two-dance floor extravaganza, with performances from House of YES.


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