Taking Pride in New York City
With the return of beautiful weather, twittering birds, and daffodils pushing their yellow crowns upward seemingly overnight, New Yorkers' thoughts turn to the renewal of outdoor life. For a city of skyscrapers, theaters, clubs, and stores, there's a stunning array of outdoor opportunities and events to look forward to.
For travelers, there's perhaps no better time to plan a visit to Gotham than during Gay Pride. NYC & Company, the official tourism organization for the city and Heritage of Pride, the organizers of Gay Pride New York announced the theme and line up of the annual Pride celebration. This year's theme, "Liberty and Justice for All," will spotlight the Big Apple as one of the world's most welcome and inclusive LGBT destinations.
The city hosts a full week of activities, beginning with The Rally at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on Saturday, June 19, and culminating in the legendary Dance on the Pier at Pier 54 -- Hudson River Park on Sunday, June 27.
Must-go highlights include
- Rapture on the River: A Women's Dance on Saturday June 26, 6-11PM Pier 5 -- Hudson River Park (13th Street and West Street). Tip: Tickets are available starting May 1.
- The March on Sunday, June 27 stepping off at noon at 52nd Street and Fifth Avenue and ending in the West Village. Tip: Get a good spot along Fifth somewhere south of 23rd but north of 14th where it's somewhat less crowded. Go early with a folding chair, plenty of water and snacks, sunscreen, and a plan for hitting the restroom. The March can last five hours or more, and it's worth watching every minute.
- Dance on the Pier: Dance 24 on Sunday June 27, 4-10:30pm also at Pier 54. Tip: Stay till the end; the Dance on the Pier usually culminates with a stunning fireworks display.
UPDATE: NYC & Co, the official tourism organization for the city and long-time gay-friendly American Airlines have announced a partnership designed to attract more visitors -- including more LGBT travelers -- to New York City. American is anteing up a significant chunk of money, some of which will be dedicated to LGBT promotions and outreach.