New York Gay Pride Guide 2014
If you’re visiting New York this Pride week, or thinking of making a last minute trip, here’s what you should check out:
The official kick-off for the weekend is the NYC Pride Rally, which is in its second year and will be at Pier 26 in Tribeca. Rupaul’s Drag Race alum Michelle Visage will host, with a performance with fellow Drag Race star, Sharon Needles, and Australian pop singer Betty Who. Free to the public, starts at 6:30 p.m.
BoiParty’s Penthaus Pride Mega Kick-Off Party (above) will take place at the Copacabana Rooftop. The weekly party has become one of the largest gay Thursday night parties since it started up last year. Hosted by boys from CockyBoys, with DJs Ray Isaac (London), Johnny Dynell (New York), and Philippe Lemot (Germany). $10 cover at the door, no cover with table reservation (which is free to do, with bottles starting at $100).
Though not officially for NYC Pride, if you’re fan of Afrojack he’ll be putting on a free concert as part of Good Morning America Summer Concert Series in Central Park. Gates open at 7 am, more here.
NYC Pride partners with CLICK Fridays (above) at the BPM New York nightclub (the former XL nightclub, at the OUT NYC) with DJs, Ivan Gomez (Barcelona, Spain), Tony Moran (New York) and Wayne G (UK) spinning across the 14,000 sq. ft. venue. $20 general tickets, $60 for VIP entry plus open vodka bar and meet and greet with Moran.
Berlin Fridays partners with Papa & Forever Tel Aviv for a party titled “Papa The Sailor Man”, which will take place across three floors with three DJs and a surprise performer that will be announced soon. $40 discount tickets here, starts at 11 pm at the Providence Night Club.
The OUT NYC’s hosting a drag brunch at KTCHN for a $30 prix-fixe menu with dishes that can include various, playful dishes such as the Thick Cut French Toast with Blueberry Compote and unlimited mimosas. Here for reservations.
Then in the Lower East Side, the 3rd annual #GumboPride (above) Pool & Rooftop party with take place at the Sixty LES Hotel all day and night with complimentary Absolut cocktails and Coors Light beer from 2-3 pm and again from 9-10 pm. $20 cover at the door.
If you’re interested in a circuit party, Matinee NYC (below) returns to the Governor’s Beach Club. Music by BORIS, Lydia Sanz, DJ Theresa, and more to be announced, plus major performers and Cirque acts. A second stage will also be added this year. $80 general limited edition tickets here, starts at 4 pm.
The annual Muscle Bear Sea Tea Pride Cruise is in its ninth year, and will set sail on a new ship that leaves from Pier 40 at 6 pm. Will be featuring DJ Jonny Mack with a special appearance by porn star Samuel Colt. $25 discount tickets here, hosted by The Urban Bear and ends at 10 pm.
While you can try getting into the sold out annual Pride VIP Rooftop Party, new this year for is an official Saturday night party that comes from Spain, WE Party Casino (above). Sponsored by Masterbeat, the Hammerstein Ballroom will be transformed into a full club and casino with slots, craps, blackjack and more. DJs will include Issac Escalante (Mexico City) and Micky Friedmann (Berlin). $85 general tickets, $100 at the door. Starts at 10 pm.
The weekly VIVA Saturdays (above) at Stage48 will be in full force as well, with a special Pride edition, plus an all new PopTop lounge to hear your favorite pop hits (both from today and throwbacks). $20 before 1 with membership card of flyer, starts at 11 pm.
The NYC Pride March this year will feature Grand Marshall’s Laverne Cox, Rea Carey and Jonathan Groff, and Demi Lovato will headline the Dance on the Pier with DJs Pagano and Grind.
For daytime into night parties, you have two great choices. Summer Camp is in its 5th summer, and takes place at The Attic Rooftop & Lounge from 4 pm until 1 am. Then there is the new FLY Sundays (below) at Monarch, which will feature DJ’s Keo Nozari and Vito Fun-Tumbarello and “FLY Gimmicks” that included spiked snow cones and cotton candy. $5 early bird tickets, $10 at the door, and takes place from 3 pm until 2 am.
For the night options, Junior Vasquez’s Love Is Stronger Than Pride at BPM New York will feature performances by Lydia Rhodes, and a special performance by Jason Walker. $30 general tickets, starts at 11 pm. The unofficial after party for the Dance on the Pier is Griffin Sundays, which will have an open bar from 10-11 pm.
In case you want to party with drag royalty, the LogoTV Pride Party is for you. Will feature season six finalists Adore Delano, Bianca del Rio, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake and BendelaCreme, plus Pandora Boxx, Latrice Royale, Ivy Winters and Yara Sofia. Hosted by Michelle Visage. $50 general tickets, at the Liberty Theater.
HAPPY NEW YORK PRIDE!