New York is the city that started it all back in June 1970. Around 2,000 activist types turned out for the very first “Gay Liberation Day” march one year after the 1969 Stonewall Riots. This year, more than two million are expected to attend the festivities. For the math challenged, that’s one thousand X the original crowd. Not bad for a parade that’s not even 50 yet.
Here are eight awesome events at this year’s NYC Pride…
Play House Pride Friday (June 26)
Go hard or go home at Play House Pride Friday. This 18+ party is being held at the Museum of Sex and features tunes spun by DJ Steve Sidewalk and Mikey Mikey Mó. Dougie Meyer will also host his infamous hot body contest (we can’t wait to see those photos!) with lighting by Nick Rubertas.
Check your clothes at the door and bear yourself at the Bear Yourself Underwear Party: Pride Edition at Rockbar. $5 gets you access to go-go bears and cubs, dirty beats by DJ Chauncey D, and drink specials. Kick off Pride weekend by kicking off your pants.
Fantasy: A Burlesque Masquerade (June 26)
NYC Pride & Brian Rafferty Productions will host an extravagant burlesque masquerade in NYC’s newest gem, The Diamond Horseshoe. Hidden beneath Times Square, this 20 million dollar club showcases performance artists, lighting, sound and special effects. The party last until 5AM. Get your tickets here.
WE Party: University (June 27)
Prepare for sensory overload. The legendary Hammerstein Ballroom will be transformed into NYC’s biggest mega-club for WE Party: University, complete with bad teachers, jocks, cheerleaders, coaches and frat boys. Get educated with thousands of the hottest men from around the world, where you’ll learn from the musical beats of DJ’s Sagi Kariv from Tel Aviv and Micky Friedmann from Berlin. Tickets are on sale now.
Ahoy! Cruise with 400 hot cubs, chubs, bears and beefcakes at the 3rd Annual Beefcake Pride Boat Cruise Party presented by Chris Reed. The voyage takes cruisers around Fire Island and includes jams by DJ Jonny Mack–plus a full bar and buffet. Meet guys, have fun, dance and take in the sights of New York City at sunset, but be sure to get your tickets early.
Teaze: 12 (June 27)
Ladies, this one’s just for you. Don’t miss the only official women’s event of NYC Pride. Teaze (formerly Rapture on the River) is one of the nation’s largest, longest-running dance events created just for the ladies. This year’s DJ booth will feature DJ Sherock, Whitney Day, and Ruby Rose from Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. Tickets are available here.
Dance on the Pier: Dance 29 (June 28)
Now in its 29th year, Dance on the Pier will feature some of the biggest and best talent from around the world with a performance by Ariana Grande and more sounds from DJs Wayne G, The Cube Guys, and Ralphi Rosario, plus fireworks. Proceeds benefit New York City’s Pride events and local orgs. Tickets required.
Can’t make it to NYC for Pride this year? Find out what’s happening in your city by checking out the GayCities Pride Guides presented by our friends at AT&T.