Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Manhattan Pride-Week Events

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 6:04 PM

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Pride Rally
The longtime cornerstone and official kickoff of Pride Week—this year in Tribeca—is always a can’t-miss event, and also one with historical significance, as it marks the 44th anniversary of the peaceful protests held in the wake of the Stonewall riots. With a reliably massive turnout and impressive roster performers and speakers—though this year’s are still TBA—the rally continues to be one of the highlights of the entire week. June 28, 7pm-10pm, Hudson River Park Pier 26 on West Street


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Harlem Pride VIP Launch Party
As one of the sponsors of Harlem Pride 2013, the Aloft Harlem Hotel is also throwing one of its best events—the VIP Launch Party and fundraiser: $50 gets you food, drinks, gifts, and a performance by singer Jessica Betts, along with a shot at the night’s specialty auction items and a front row seat to the Legacy of Pride Awards, which will be honoring members of Harlem’s LGBT community. June 28, 6pm-12am, Aloft Harlem Hotel


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VIP Rooftop Party
In the middle of a week filled with rallies, fundraisers, and parades, it makes sense to take a break for a dance party. Especially one on the roof of Hudson Terrace, DJ’d by the likes of Serving Ovahness, Marco Da Silva, and Frankie Knuckles. Tickets to this one tend to sell out fast, if you’re thinking of going. June 29, 2pm-10pm, Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46th Street


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Rapture on the River
This other major happening at Pier 26 is one of the biggest and best-established dance parties in the entire country, and, as the organizers say, “it’s just for the ladies.” Usually, about 3,000 of them. With big name DJsand a sprawling new veue, this year’s event promises to be one of the best in its 10 year history. June 29, 3pm-10pm, Hudson River Park Pier 26 on West Street


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The March
The main event of the week, this year’s march down Fifth Avenue will be led by Edith Windsor, Harry Belafonte, and Earl Fowlkes. Whether you’re marching or staking out a spot and watching from the sidelines, this continues to be the definitive event of Pride, and one of the best citywide events of the year. June 30, lineup at 11am


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Pridefest
For two decades now, PrideFest, an LGBT street fair, has brought together local vendors, entertainers, and community leaders for an event that celebrates equality and also bolsters small businesses. A free event with live performances and food, this is also one of the week’s more laid-back, family-friendly events. June 30, 11am-6pm, Hudson Street, between Abingdon Square and W. 14th Street


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Dance on the Pier
This long-running closer to a week of pride events also serves as Pride’s largest annual fundraiser. This year, the event will be energized by a new home on Pier 26 along with award-winning DJs and, per tradition, a fireworks display on the Hudson. June 30, 3pm-10pm, Hudson River Park Pier 26 on West Street


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Pride Poolside
This is one of the newer events in the lineup, and an ideal
way to spend a (hopefully) sunny Sunday afternoon. The sun deck by Hotel Americano’s pool will be flooded with music, cocktails and, we assume, plenty of attractive people in swimsuits. June 30, 12pm-6pm, Hotel Americano, 518 W. 27th Street

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