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NYC Pride March 2018: Everything you need to know

By Jake Cohen
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We hope you’re as proud as we are.

As New York Pride is in full swing, we’re gearing up for the biggest event of them all: the NYC Pride March, commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Unlike years past, the route will be a bit different this year, beginning in Chelsea before heading down into the West Village and looping back up to midtown. The reason is to prepare for next year’s pride, which will be the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and will correspond with a month-long WorldPride extravaganza. Being New York’s first time hosting, it’s expected to be largest Pride to ever hit the city.

“Defiantly Different” is the theme for NYC Pride 2018, celebrating a community that takes pride in individuality and celebrating differences. To lead the march, the Grand Marshals this year are tennis legend Billie Jean King, writer and advocate Tyler Ford, Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality executive director Kenita Placide and LGBTQ civil rights organization Lambda Legal. So whether you’re walking in the march with honor or watching from the sidelines with delight, here are some questions you may have about the event.

When and where is the Pride March?

The NYC Pride March takes place Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 12pm. The parade begins at 6th St and Seventh Ave and travels down Seventh Ave before going across Christopher St and W 8th St and moving up Fifth Ave. The march will disperse at 29th St and Fifth Ave. Show up early for a good view, since there is a record-breaking turnout predicted. Here's a full map:

Will there be any street closures from the parade?

In the words of Gia Gunn: Absolutely. The following street closures will be in effect Sunday from 11am to 6pm:

Formation:

-19th Street between Sixth Avenue and Ninth Avenue
-18th Street between Seventh Avenue and Ninth Avenue
-17th Street between Seventh Avenue and Ninth Avenue
-16th Street between Sixth Avenue and Ninth Avenue
-15th Street between Seventh Avenue and Ninth Avenue

Route:

-Seventh Avenue between 19th Street and Christopher Street
-Christopher Street between Greenwich Ave and West 4th Street
-Greenwich Avenue between Christopher Street and 6th Avenue
-8th Street between Sixth Avenue and Fifth Avenue
-Fifth Avenue between 8th Street and 33rd Street

Dispersal:

-29th Street between Madison Avenue and Sixth Avenue
-30th Street between Madison Avenue and Sixth Avenue
-31st Street between Madison Avenue and Sixth Avenue
-32nd Street between Madison Avenue and Sixth Avenue
-33rd Street between Madison Avenue and Sixth Avenue

Festival:

-University Place between East 13th Street and Waverly Place
-East 8th Street between University Place and Greene Street

What if it rains?

The parade goes on rain or shine.

What if I don’t like crowds or don’t want to be outside in the heat?

Have your own personal march up and down your apartment as you watch it live on ABC7 from 12pm to 3pm.

What should I do after the march?

Pride Island will be taking over Hudson River Park’s Pier 97 with performances by Kylie Minogue, DJ Grind, DJ Ralphi Rosario and DJ Corey Craig. If you’re someone who likes to check their options, here’s our list of the best Gay Pride events.

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