CELEBRATE GAY PRIDE IN NEW YORK CITY THIS SUMMER

With Pride Events in All Five Boroughs, NYC Remains Popular Destination, Attracting LGBT Visitors from Around the Globe

NYC & Company, New York City’s official tourism, marketing and partnership organization, encourages visitors and locals to celebrate Pride this summer in the five boroughs. Pride Week 2015 is scheduled for June 21-28, but celebrations will take place throughout June and July. Pride Week embraces the rich diversity and vibrant culture of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in New York City, paying homage to the groundbreaking historical events that took place in New York City and impacted the gay rights movement, such the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

“New York City sets the standard for openness and inclusivity and there’s no better place to celebrate Pride this June,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We welcome LGBT travelers and families, whether art lovers, sports enthusiasts, urban explorers, theater buffs or foodies, to enjoy the best of New York City’s five boroughs this summer.”

NYC Pride is the official organizer and producer of the most popular New York City Pride Week events, including the LGBT Pride Rally, March, Pridefest and Dance. This year’s theme is ‘Complete the Dream,’ in recognition of the dreams of LGBT people and the dreams of all people seeking liberation from injustice. Event details can be found below.

Pride Week has been celebrated annually in New York City since 1970. A full list of Pride events can be found at nycgo.com/pride. Highlights include:

June 23, 2015
Family Movie Night: Enjoy a free night out with the whole family for an outdoor screening of Finding Nemo at Hudson River Park’s Pier 63 on Tuesday, June 23 as part of NYC Pride’s celebration series in Manhattan. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., screening begins at 8:30 p.m. Seating, blankets, and treats will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit nycpride.org for more information.

June 26, 2015
NYC Pride Rally: The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park and followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. NYC Pride has continued this proud tradition by hosting the event in various locations throughout the City. The Rally will be held on Friday, June 26 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Please visit nycpride.org for more information.

June 27, 2015
VIP Rooftop Party: NYC Pride and Brian Rafferty proudly present the 5th anniversary of the VIP Rooftop Party. Guests can dance on the most exclusive rooftop venue during the best weekend of the year on Saturday, June 27 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. For more information, go to nycpride.org.

Teaze: Teaze (formerly Rapture on the River) is NYC Pride's exclusive event for women. After more than a decade of "rocking women's worlds", the newly-refreshed event will introduce exciting new ways for ladies of all walks to come together and celebrate Pride. The event will take place on Saturday, June 27 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Please visit nycpride.org for more information.

Harlem Pride Day: Taking place on Saturday June 27 at Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem, this free outdoor festival hosts a large selection of vendors and community organizations. Additional events will take place throughout the neighborhood June 21-28. Go to harlempride.org for more information.

June 28, 2015
PrideFest: PrideFest, celebrating its 22nd year, is the annual LGBT street fair that combines vendors, entertainers and activities for a day of fun in the name of equality. PrideFest attracts thousands of out-of-state visitors and brings them together with local residents and families, corporate sponsors, community leaders and area business owners. PrideFest will be taking place Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Hudson Street between Abingdon Sq. & W. 14 Street.

The March: Now an annual civil rights demonstration, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those lost to illness, violence and neglect. The March will take place on Sunday, June 28 at 12 p.m., from 36th Street & Fifth Avenue, and ending at Christopher & Greenwich Streets. The March’s 2015 Grand Marshals are Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Ian McKellen, J. Christopher Neal, and Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera.

Dance on the Pier: Dance on the Pier, now in its 29th year, will again serve as the largest fundraiser for NYC Pride and LGBT nonprofit grant winners. With Ariana Grande as the event’s headliner, Dance on the Pier returns to Hudson River Park's Pier 26 in Tribeca with extended hours on Sunday, June 28 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Please visit nycpride.org for more information on these events.

July 11, 2015
Staten Island PrideFest: Taking place on Saturday, July 11 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, the party will feature live music, artists, craft vendors, food trucks, drag performers, beverage areas, and more. The day kicks off with a Pride Day 5K PrideFest Run/Walk around the beautiful 83-acre campus. Please visit pridecentersi.org for more information.

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About NYC & Company:
NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, visit nycgo.com

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New York City sets the standard for openness and inclusivity and there’s no better place to celebrate Pride this June.
Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company
We welcome LGBT travelers and families, whether art lovers, sports enthusiasts, urban explorers, theater buffs or foodies, to enjoy the best of New York City’s five boroughs this summer.
Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company