One of the largest celebrations of LGBTQIA+ support in the country takes place in New York City from June 1 to June 30, as the NYC Pride event celebrates 50 years of civil rights activism stemming from the historic Stonewall Inn demonstrations of 1969. That incident was sparked by mistreatment at the hands of law enforcement. Today, NYC Pride stands as a joyous rally for continued acceptance and growth.
Plan on attending? Check out some of the major activities going on in and around the city.
1. Pride Murals (June 1 to June 30)
No New York cultural expression would be complete without street art. NYC Pride has commissioned a number of artists to create murals in the five boroughs. More than two dozen locations will feature work thematically linked to the celebration.
2. A Dragtastic Bus Tour (June 21, 27, and 28)
Take your entertainment on the road with this unique bus attraction that offers on-board performances by drag queens. The one-hour show is adult-themed, but risqué humor isn’t the only attraction: The motor coach features stadium seating and 3000 LED lights. Tickets ($69) can be purchased here.
3. The Pride Flag Reimagined (June 14 to June 30)
Drop by Roosevelt Island for a sensational display of the LGBTQ Pride Flag. A massive staircase will be converted to the flag’s colors and an all-ages celebration with food will take place June 15. Admission is free.
4. Cosplay Meets Pride (June 22)
NYC Pride gets a comic con vibe with a cosplay event at the Piers. Check out the elaborate costumes or come as you are and watch the assembled creativity on display.
5. A Pride Inspired Square Dance (June 28)
Shaking up the typical New York music scene is a square dance event that’s open to up to 250 participants. Beginners are welcome and the event is free.
6. A Pride-Filled Street Fair (June 29)
Walk the tables and booths at a small business bazaar. Jewelry, crafts, music, and food will all be on display.
7. The Historic March (June 30)
The first Pride March was held in 1970, one year after patrons of the Stonewall Inn resisted their mistreatment at the hands of law enforcement. That event signaled a new chapter in the fight for gay rights, and the march has been held every year since. You can watch the procession along 26th Street and 5th Avenue.
8. The Closing Event (June 30)
Join the climax to the event in Times Square with speakers and notable musical guests. Admission is free but registration is required.