New York City Pride: Where it all began

Posted by Troy Petenbrink
June 20, 2011 12:34 PM |

NewYorkCityPride.jpgNew York City, home to the famed 1969 Stonewall rebellion, is hosting a weekend full of events to celebrate LGBT pride, Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26.

"Our theme for 2011, Proud and Powerful, exemplifies where the LGBT movement is currently," says Chris Frederick, managing director of Heritage of Pride, Inc., which produces NYCPride. "Over the last year we've seen the downfall of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the slow breakdown of the Defense of Marriage Act, and many other wins for the community. Our message is clear and succinct that we are proud of who we are and increasingly more powerful in winning LGBT equal rights."

NYCPride schedule of events:

Rapture on the River: A Women's Dance
Saturday, June 25, from 3 to 11 p.m.
Pier 54 – Hudson River Park (13th and West Streets)
DJs Susan Levine and Mary Mac
For more information and to order tickets, click here.
 
The 42nd Annual LGBT Pride March
Sunday, June 26, step-off begins at noon
Starts at 36th Street and 5th Avenue; ends at Christopher and Greenwich Streets
For smaller crowds, visitors should watch anywhere from the 'teens to the 30s on Fifth Avenue and for larger crowds and high energy, anywhere in the Village.
This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required.

PrideFest
Sunday, June 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street
Additionally PrideFest will occupy 13th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues
This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required.

Dance on the Pier: Dance 25
Sunday, June 26, from 2 to 10:30 p.m.
Pier 54 – Hudson River Park (13th and West Streets)
Opening DJs – DJ Lina (NYC), Vito Fun (NYC)
Closing DJs – Ana Paula (Rio De Janeiro)
Ticket prices: $75 until June 24; $125 on the day of; $200 VIP (VIP tickets include open bar, free water, beverages for entire event, fresh fruit, VIP bathrooms and access to raised VIP area)
For more information and to order tickets, click here.

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