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10 Ways to Celebrate Pride Weekend in NYC Sans the Parade

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10 ways to celebrate Pride if the parade isn't for you.

It's the biggest weekend of Pride Month! Whether you're tired of the annual parade, not a fan of crowds, or want a new way to express yourself and celebrate the LGBTQ community, these 10 New York City events will keep you festive.

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CosPlay and Pride

The first ever event of its kind and hosted by NYC Pride, CosPlay and Pride will be at Pier 40 on Friday, June 22 where cosplayers can show off their latest costume creations and check out queer-positive art and entertainment. In partnership with FlameCon and Geeks Out, the cosplay event also boasts a rooftop bar and an NYC harbor tour at sunset.

Bubble_T, NYC's queer, Asian dance party collective is hosting a pride party at Le Bain on Friday, June 22. According to Instagram, the event, will feature live performances, music, and a custom food menu: "WHERE ASIANZ RULE BUT EVERYBODY'S WELCOME."


Find representation in dance by attending the contemporary showcases at the Joyce Theater from June 19 to June 23leading up to the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24th. The Sean Dorsey Dance company headed by transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey and MADBOOTS Dance will perform six times throughout the week.

Spend the night in the Lower East Side at Teaze HER. LGBTQ women's dating app HER is collaborating with the women's pride party Teaze to create a fun night to enjoy pride on Saturday, June 23.

Stay out of the June heat and away from the Sunday parade crowds by celebrating Pride with some comedy. Hosted by comedian and improvisation artist Philip 'Sparkle' Markle, enjoy a night of laughs at this variety show to round out the week's Pride festivities.


Don't miss what it is sure to be the first of many queer music festivals to come. Created by New York City nightlife iconLadyfag, LadyLand is a music festival that is making its debut on June 22 in celebration of Pride Month. The Bushwick festival will feature established and rising queer artists like Kim Petras, as well as headliner and Grammy Award-winner Eve.

bklyn boihood Pride Party

Head over to Gowanus for the bklynboihood Pride Party on Saturday, June 23. While there, celebrate the spectrum of queer masculinity and queer people of color while reveling in a space against the urban intrusion that isgentrification.

Held at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Queer/Art/Pride is a film series that showcases a classic film that has impacted artists of the LGBTQ community. This year, the series includes a new film by Rodrigo Bellott.



Finally get around to experiencing a drag show at the Deep End with Ruby Fox on Saturday, June 23. Rubies in the Rough will feature Fox alongside drag queens Magenta, Bella Moon, Stella Artoit with music by DJ Econ.

Celebrate the end of Pride weekend with a great dance party on a Sunday (of course)with some of the best DJs around. The Pride version of a weekly party, Mister Sunday is handing over the turntable to Ciel and DJ Python. On top of that, 10% of the proceeds go to the Ali Forney Center which supports and protects LGBTQ youth. Also, dogs are definitely welcome.

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