It’s Pride Weekend in NYC, and many of the main events are coming back after a patchy showing in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Friday, June 25th, 7 p.m.
The annual Drag March kicks off at Tompkins Square Park and ends at the Stonewall Inn, kicking off Pride weekend by bringing a joyous celebration of through the streets. Meet up starting at 7 p.m., the march will begin around 8 p.m. (they ask that you wear a mask if not vaccinated).
Saturday, June 26th, 5 p.m.
The Dyke March is a sponsorless and permitless protest march that runs down 5th Avenue, from Bryant Park down to Washington Square Park. Organizers describe the march as a “demonstration of our First Amendment right to protest” in which “thousands of dykes take the streets in celebration of our beautiful and diverse dyke lives, to highlight the presence of dykes within our community, and in protest of the discrimination, harassment, and violence we face in schools, on the job, and in our communities.”
QUEER LIBERATION MARCH
Sunday, June 27th, 2:30 p.m.
The Queer Liberation March, helmed by the Reclaim Pride Coalition, was created in response to an increased police presence and corporate sponsorships at the annual Pride March. (Note: this year the nonprofit group behind the annual Pride March — which is the country’s largest LGBTQ celebration — “banned groups of uniformed law enforcement personnel, including NYPD’s Gay Officers Action League, from marching in its signature parades through 2025.”)
“We March in our communities’ tradition of resistance against police, state, and societal oppression, a tradition that is epitomized and symbolized by the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, organizers write. This year’s march begins on Sunday in Bryant Park at 2:30 p.m. (with a 3 p.m. step-off), and will end in Washington Square Park. There will also be a livestream.
NYC PRIDE MARCH
Sunday, June 27th, 12 p.m.
The NYC Pride March, the big organized event, will once again be virtual due to the pandemic. The march will air on WABC 7 and on abc7ny.com on Sunday, June 27th, between noon and 3 p.m. After the broadcast, NYC Pride’s Facebook and YouTube will host the virtual experience starting at 3 p.m.
This year’s NYC Pride Grand Marshals are actor Wilson Cruz; activist and performer Ceyenne Doroshaw; Menaka Guruswamy, senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India, and Arundhati Katju, a lawyer, who represented petitioners in their successful suit to end India’s 157-year-old sodomy law; trans model Aaron Rose Philip; and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Director of the Center for Disease Control’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and former NYC Department of Health deputy commissioner.
There will be “pop-ups” offline on Sunday, June 27th (as well as Saturday, June 26th), with over 100 businesses from Chelsea down to Soho showing their support of Pride with decorations and offers (map here). And PrideFest will host its free street fair in Greenwich Village starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
And the area around Stonewall Inn is sure to be lively throughout, the Gay Liberation Monument is ready for showtime: