Coinciding with the U.S. Supreme Court verdict on Friday legalising the gay or same-sex marriage in all 50 states, New York Pride has hit the city with its annual event this year on Saturday and Sunday with street demos donning the colors of their symbolic rainbow flag.
The NYC Pride 2015 event on Sunday is likely to be a huge demonstration with parties and parades surrounded by parties and is bound to be bigger, better and more brazen than ever.
Soon after the Supreme Court ruling on Friday, the parade started with traditional NYC Pride Rally, meant to commemorate a rally that occurred one month after the Stonewall riots of 1969. The event was held at Hudson River Park Pier 26 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Another event then took over at the Museum of Sex on 5th Avenue and East 27th Street, while a masquerade at The Diamond Horseshoe for live artists and music was held with tickets sold full.
On Saturday, June 27, the Pride’s exclusive VIP rooftop party will be held amid dance and dazzling glamour overlooking the city at Hudson Terrace on West 46th Street, with all the DJs and drinks in vicinity. Teaze, Pride’s exclusive women’s event will be held from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hudson River Park Pier 26 for which tickets are available here.
Dubbed NYC’s “biggest mega-club,” the ‘We Party’ presented by Masterbeat will be held for those who want to celebrate till late into the night. The event at the Hammerstein Ballroom will also go until 6 am and the tickets are available here.
On Sunday, June 28, the community is likely to hit the streets showing their colors at the annual NYC Pride Parade, the largest in the US that runs through the Fifth Avenue from 36th Street to the West Village. About 55 floats will take part in it this year. If not, another at Hudson River Park Pier 26 will be the last and final dance party called – the Dance on the Pier — is there until 10 pm. Tickets are available here.
Start: 36th Street and Fifth Avenue
Special needs seating: 24th Street and Fifth Avenue
Reviewing stand: Eighth Street and Fifth Avenue
End: Christopher and Greenwich streets
The march starts at noon following a moment of silence at 11:58 a.m. to remember those in the community lost to AIDS, AIDS-related complications and hate crimes. The first group should reach the end of the route by 1:45 p.m.
Entertainment is planned for 25th Street and Fifth Avenue, Eighth Street and Fifth Avenue and Christopher and Bleecker streets.
“Fifth Avenue where it starts, there’s more sidewalk space and the road is wider, that gives you a different perspective. The West Village makes for a completely different and arguably more intimate experience as you make your way to Stonewall,” says March Director David Studinski.