New York City Pride 2017: Everything you need to know and where to stay
Don’t tell the other ones we said this, but let’s be honest: New York is the mother of all Prides.
So consider this your complete guide to one of the best events on the planet.
Nearly 50 years after the first NYC March, it has become a staple of the Pride scene.
Its stated goal has broadened to countless issues, and will incorporates parade participants from hundreds of different groups when it starts on June 25, at 12pm.
Last year, 350 marching contingents joined in, with more than 80 floats included in the spectacular parade down the stunning Fifth Avenue.
When is New York City Pride 2017?
New York City Pride 2017 takes place from June 16 to June 25 with the main New York City March taking place on June 25.
What events have been organised for New York City Pride 2017?
The standout is, of course, the New York City March 2017, with its theme, “We Are Proud.”
It will start off from 36th Street and Fifth Avenue at 12pm on June 25, and end at Christopher and Greenwich.
For the first time in NYC Pride history, the March will be broadcast live on ABC7 – but it’s nothing like the experience of actually being there.
Special guests at the the March this year will include trans activist and firefighting hero Brooke Guinan, gay dating app Blued creator Geng Le and the American Civil Liberties Union, who have played such a big part in fighting back against some of Donald Trump’s most reprehensible policies.
New York has also managed to attract sponsorship from T-Mobile, Facebook, Diet Coke, Delta and dozens of others.
As well as the March and , there are a series of special events, and we’ve rounded up the biggest and best below.
PrideFest: June 25 from 11am to 6pm, on Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and W. 14th Street
Going into its 24th year, PrideFest is an annual LGBT street fair with star power.
Thousands of people gather from all over the US to enjoy entertainment, food, drink and being with each other in the name of equality.
This year, that involves multi-platinum best-selling artist LeAnn Rimes, of Can’t Fight The Moonlight and How Do I Live? fame.
So come get your Coyote Ugly flashbacks going at this completely free event, where you can also eat, drink and pick up some excellent Pride swag. There’s no better way to show your pride all year round.
Moxie: June 23 from 4pm to 11pm, at the Taj II Lounge on 48 West 21st Street
On a Friday after work, all you’ll need is this sexy women-focused event. Throw on your high stiletto heels or dapper formal shoes and get on down in the Flatiron district.
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert is due to perform her hit songs Secrets and Same Love, which is reason enough to attend.
Where can I stay for New York City Pride 2017?
New York City has a number of excellent places to stay, and none better than with a misterb&b host. Below are just some of the possible places close by to all the NYC Pride 2017 action.
Darcy is hosting a room – or as he justifiably calls it, an “Urban Oasis” – on Madison Avenue.
This room, located in a two-bedroom apartment next to Central Park, is just minutes away from Fifth Avenue and all the NYC Pride events. Visitors have only had good things to say, with an average rating of five stars.
Hosted by a photographer from San Francisco and a graphic designer from London, this convenient Hell’s Kitchen room is worth a look.
On Ninth Avenue, near Times Square and Broadway, this apartment is near enough LGBT attractions to keep you constantly busy.
Why is staying in somebody’s home better than a hotel?
While you may be able to sneak miniature soaps from a hotel, you cannot ever be sure that the hotel you are booking will be LGBT friendly.
Misterb&b is a website which hosts LGBT friendly apartments of locals in the city. From the best places to eat and drink to the best landmarks to check out, hosts who live in the city will be able to give you another level of intel on the best way to navigate a city.
New York City is a big place, and getting the knowledge of a resident will certainly be better than relying on Yelp reviews and staring at maps for your whole trip.
How can I become a host during Pride?
Becoming a host on mister&b is not only an easy way to earn yourself some pocket money but it’s a brilliant way to meet people in the LGBT community from across the globe during the Pride period.
Just list your home on the site for free, and then you are all set to begin receiving booking requests and inquiries.
Where can I go out during New York City Pride 2017?
New York City has some of the best gay bars in the country, where you can carry on the party after the parade. Our top picks are:
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Posh Bar & Lounge, 405 West 51st Street, 10019
Hell’s Kitchen’s self-titled “original gay bar” is open until 4am every day and will be putting on a seven-hour-long happy hour in honour of Pride. Don’t miss Frisky Friday or Sexy Saturday, either.
9th Avenue Saloon, 656 9th Avenue, 10036
The bar just celebrated “30 years of unpretentious fun,” and with a popcorn machine, jukebox and casual ambience, this is the place to go if you want to kick back and not be judged for it.
What is the history of New York City Pride?
The first Pride March in NYC was held in 1970, a year after the Stonewall riots, with marchers taking up the entire street for about 15 city blocks.
In later years, the March has celebrated victories in same-sex marriage, with New York making it legal in 2011, becoming the most populous state to do so at that point.
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