New York Gay Pride Guide 2013
If you’re visiting New York this Pride week, or thinking of making a last minute trip this weekend, we’ve got your events covered for a glitterfic good time!
Pride Thursday marks the grand opening of Marquee Q Thursdays from a team gay nightlife pros (Brandon Voss, Patrick Crough, Alan Picus, and Justin Luke), and will feature the New York Pride headliner and mega diva, Cher!
Starts at 10:00 p.m. at Marquee, 289 Tenth Ave
Start your weekend officially, since it is an official New York Pride event, at The Pride Kickoff Rally. Hosts this year include Pandora Boxx and KeithPrice, with performacnes by Pam Ann and The Voice‘s Vicci Martinez. Oh, and Lady Gaga will be speaking at the event; added in last minute.
From 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Pier 26 Hudson River, at North Moore St
When the sunsets, and after some pre drinks or dinner in Hell’s Kitchen several gay bars and gay-owned eateries, waddle your way down to XL Nightclub (if you aren’t already staying at The OUT) for PAPA vs. Forever Tel Aviv—a sure to be mega party from the two international entertainment groups. Watch the artfully, sexy trailer below:
Starts at 10:00 p.m. at XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St
BoiParty’s Penthaus Fridays is the hottest event to check out. The three floor, rooftop party’s Pride Edition will feature The Cockyboys and men of Cheer NY. DJs include Johnny Dynell and DJ Sveta. Free VIP entry is also available.
Starts at 11:00 p.m. at Copacabana, 268 W 47th St
Get you fitness on at the annual LGBT Pride Run from Front Runners New York and the New York Road Runners. This event is a five-mile benefit race through Central Park and a marathon qualifier. This year’s profits will go to the Ali Forney Center.
Starts at 9:00 a.m. Race commences at East Dr south of the 102nd St Transverse
If you are feeling like up your day celebration of gay even further, and feel like traveling up north, then head Jackie Robinson Park for the annual Harlem Pride event.
From noon to 6:00 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Park, entrance on Bradhurst Avenue at W 148th St
Get your Pride Saturday drink on at the NYC Pride VIP Rooftop Party for three levels of fun. From Brian Rafferty, DJs include Corey Craig, The Freemasons and Moto Blanco, and an open bar for the early birds for the first hour.
From 2:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St (between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves)
If downtown is more your scene, the GUMBO Pride Pool Party returns in its second year for a pool of cute gays, music, a projected sunset, photo booths, and of course, drinks aplenty. Arrive early for complimentary Absolut cocktails and spiked frozen “poptails.” Make sure to use #GUMBOPRIDE when sharing on social for chances to win free drinks or prizes.
Starts at 2:00 p.m. at Thompson LES Hotel, 190 Allen St at E. Houston St
For an adventure, make your way over to Governors Island for the Matinée New York Pride. This traveling circuit party will feature their all-star DJ team and 30 Matinée dancers.
Starts at 4:00 p.m. at Governors Beach Club, 10 South St
For the ladies, the annual Rapture On The River is in its eight year, and will feature DJs, performers, and GoGo girls. Hosted by Linda Simpson.
Starts at 3:00 p.m. at Pier 26 Hudson River, at North Moore St
Two cruises sail the Hudson by Sea Tea Gay Party Cruises. On Saturday, you have your muscle bear Pride kickoff cruise, and Sunday, the main gay Pride cruise where you’ll get a great view of the pride fireworks. Visit site for exact times and location (Pier 40).
Viva Saturdays‘ is your mega party option with each three floors with their own DJ and party going on: DJ Paulo on the main floor, GMF Berlin (Germany’s Largest Gay Party) takes over the third floor, and DJ Keo Nozari spins on the rooftop.
Starts at 11:00 p.m. at Stage 48, 605 W 48th St between 11th and 12th Aves
Starts at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at Splash, 50 West 17th St
The event everything else is tied around, the NYC Pride March starts at noon and begins at at Fifth Ave and 36th St, and proceeds south to Christopher St to Greenwich St. You can march with various clubs, many are still taking walkers like GLAAD (just show up by 11:00 a.m.). Grand Marshall’s this year include Edie Windsor, Harry Belafonte, and Earl Fowlkes. The parade’s event, the street fair and concerts series Pridefest, runs from 11:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. on Hudson St between Abingdon Sq Park and 13th St.
The newest event from the official Pride organizers is the Pride Poolside at the Hôtel Americano, presented by the London-based entertainment group, Hed Kandi. Lounge on the deck and enjoy cocktails while working on your tan, sounds like a great escape if you want to avoid the parade completely.
From noon to 6:00 p.m. at Hôtel Americano, 518 W 27th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
Another escape from the crowded street, but still with a view of the parade is Pride&Love. Party in the loft space or hop up to the rooftop while enjoying music and drinks.
From noon to 7:00 p.m. at Midtown Loft & Terrace, 267 Fifth Ave
So many rooftop parties! One to check out if you make Hell’s Kitchen your plan of action after the parade is Summer Camp for the gorgeous views and boys.
Starts at 4:00 p.m. at Sky Room, 330 W 40th St between 8th and 9th Aves
For the sporty gay alternative after the parade, head to the Ski Bums Pride Party down in Chelsea at the Maritime Hotel. You don’t have to be a member to attend, and no cover.
From 4:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. at the Maritime Hotel, 363 W 16th St
The closing official Pride event is the Dance On The Pier, where you can catch countless gay men guzzling drinks and grooving to award-winning DJs Dave Audé and Oscar G. Performances from Deborah Cox and Cher (yes, she is working it this Pride holiday) are sure to be epic.
From 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Pier 26 Hudson River, at North Moore St
Starts at 10:00 p.m. at The Griffin, 50 Gansevoort St
For you RuPaul Drag Race lovers, Logo’s Official Pride Event at the Highline Ballroom will be your heaven on earth. Hosted by Candis Cayne and JWOWW, there will be performances by 15 of Your Favorite Queens Including: Sharon Needles, Alyssa Edwards, Carmen Carrera, Manila Luzon, Shangela and more!
Starts at 9:00 p.m (red carpet) at Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th St
If you stayed up town in Hell’s Kitchen, you’ll want to swing by The Ritz for a 13-hour, nonstop Pride set from DJ Steve Sidewalk. A plus: free food all day and no cover.
Starts at 3:00 p.m. at The Ritz, 369 W 46th St between 9th and 8th Aves
Or check out Gay Geeks of NY’s 2nd Annual Post Pride Party at Vlada, with no cover and buy one, get one vodka cocktails the first hour.
Starts at 6:00 p.m. at Vlada, 331 W 51st St
A final option, join BRAVO’s Aviva Drescher for a Pink and White Party over at XL from Chris Ryan and the Shineout Music Festival. Also attending are designers Richie Rich and Chantelle Warr to show off their new collection.
Starts at 10:00 p.m. at XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St
HAPPY NEW YORK PRIDE!