This Wednesday, June 26, the Supreme Court overturned the 1996 law entitled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Which is an even better reason to go out and celebrate gay pride this weekend. Every year, New Yorkers celebrate gay pride for NYC Pride Week. This year, it takes place from June 23-30. This weekend is when most of the events take place.
According to their website, “NYC Pride is the annual week long series of events that is produced by Heritage of Pride. Heritage of Pride is a wholly volunteer-managed non-partisan, tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation that organizes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Pride events in New York City to commemorate and celebrate the Stonewall riots. These Events are organized for and on behalf of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and groups, and all others who support the struggle for the liberation of these communities. In the spirit of Stonewall, Heritage of Pride welcomes the participation of all, regardless of age, creed, gender, gender identification, HIV status, national origin, physical, mental or developmental ability, race, religion or sexual origin.”
Here’s what’s happening this weekend:
“The Rally”: There’s still time to catch the free kickoff event at Pier 26 tonight. “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, followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square.” Today, the event will include performances by well known singers, performers, and speakers.
“Rapture on the River”: Taking place on Saturday, June 29 at 3pm is an event that celebrates women. “Don’t miss the only official women’s event of NYC Pride! Rapture on the River is one of the nation’s largest, longest-running dance events created just for the ladies. This year it’s celebrating its tenth anniversary and moving back outside to Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in TriBeCa.” Djs will be playing beats all night long.
Parade and Pridefest: On Sunday, expect New York to wave their rainbow flags high for a full day of activities, starting with the annual parade, which takes place downtown from Fifth Avenue to Christopher Street at noon. The Pridefest, a massive street party, takes places directly following. Both events are free. Many restaurants and shops are also participating in the event and will be open for special discounts and other events – check out Ilili Restaurant, for example, which is hosting a special brunch and drag show after noon!
You’ll definitely want to check out all the happenings this weekend – there’s so much going on all around town! Let us know what event you took part in and what your thoughts were by commenting in the space below.