Every June New York City hosts Pride in celebration of its vibrant LGBTQ+ community. This year’s edition promises to be particularly epic, with WorldPride 2019 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Events all over town will honor the City’s history as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement—and will explore what the future holds.
WorldPride Opening Ceremony – June 26
WorldPride in NYC kicks off with this exciting event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. LGBTQ+ ally and famed EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg hosts a night of celebration, with performances by Cyndi Lauper, Ciara, Chaka Khan, Billy Porter, Toddrick Hall and DJ Lina. This evening of entertainment and inspiration will also serve as a benefit for three LGBTQ+ nonprofits: the Ali Forney Center, the Immigration Equality Center and SAGE. Tickets are currently on sale via Ticketmaster.
Rally: Stonewall 50 Commemoration – June 28
A month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, 500 peaceful protesters gathered in Washington Square Park to express solidarity and gay pride. Five decades later, the annual Rally continues to serve as the official kickoff for Pride Weekend. This free event features a lineup of well-known speakers and performers, with a focus this year on commemorating the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.
NYC Pride March – June 30
Outlandish outfits, extravagant floats and spontaneous dance parties are mixed in with the political components of this civil rights march, which started in 1970 on the first anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. This year’s march commemorates the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and celebrates the progress in LGBTQ+ rights made since then. The grand marshals for this year’s event are the cast of the FX show Pose, UK activist Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, The Trevor Project, the Gay Liberation Front (which formed shortly after Stonewall), and trans leader and activist Monica Helms. Stepping off at noon from Madison Square Park, this event is free and open to the public, though to march individuals must be with a registered group; an official list will be posted on the WorldPride NYC 2019 website in June.
Pride Island 2019 – June 29-30
Pride Island is the annual Pride weekend celebration of music, dancing and community. There will be some exciting live acts—including Grace Jones, Teyana Taylor, Amara La Negra and DJ Johnny Dynell—on the first of two days of outdoor dancing along the Hudson River. On the second day, DJs Abel and Morabito will take center stage. Both events are currently sold out but resale tickets are available via StubHub.
WorldPride Closing Ceremony – June 3o
NYC welcomes all to a final celebration of Pride. The evening will feature a full slate of speakers and musical talents representing the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. Scheduled performers include Melissa Etheridge, Jake Shears, MNEK, Deborah Cox and the cast of the hit Broadway musical The Prom. Additional talent will be announced in the coming weeks so check back for more details. Tickets are free for this event but advance registration is required via the WorldPride website.
For full details of what’s happening in June, including panels, performances, film screenings and dance parties. Click here to explore the categories for everything WorldPride has to offer.