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Monday, April 29, 2013

New York City Highlights Gay Pride Events

New York City is highlighting several annual gay pride events throughout the City as the summer travel season begins.

From the flagship Heritage of Pride events in Manhattan – where nearly 2-million people are expected to attend – to the diverse pride events and celebrations happening in the boroughs outside Manhattan, New York City is the ideal destination for visitors seeking a unique and festive pride experience.

A full listing of NYC 2013 pride activity can be accessed at nycgo.com/gay.  Here are the highlights of activity taking place throughout the City, organized by borough: 

ManhattanHeritage of Pride, which organizes the City’s flagship LGBT events and commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots that sparked the modern gay-rights movement, features the theme “Rain to Rainbows” for its lineup of pride events this year.

The PrideFest street fair, now in its 20th year, will take place on Sunday, June 30 from 11am to 6pm. The March is at noon. Three events will take place at Pier 26 (on the West Side Highway):  The Rally honors the first NYC pride rally that occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots; Rapture on the River, one of the nation’s largest ladies-only dance events; and  Dance on the Pier is back for its 27th year with award-winning DJs and the world’s longest-running LGBT fireworks display along the Hudson River. 

To purchase tickets, register and access a comprehensive list of all events, visit nycpride.org or follow Heritage of Pride on Twitter (twitter.com/nycpride) or on Facebook (facebook.com/nycpride).

BronxThe third annual Bronx LGBT Allies Award Ceremony is on Thursday, June 20, at 6pm, at the Rotunda at 851 Grand Concourse. The event will honour individuals who have made positive contributions to the LGBT community in the Bronx. 

Brooklyn – New York City’s most populous borough celebrates gay pride with events on Saturday, June 8. Brooklyn Pride 2013 features the 16th annual Brooklyn Pride LGBT 5K Run through the historic Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Pride Festival and the Brooklyn Pride Parade.

QueensOn Sunday, June 2, Queens Pride, which promotes education and awareness of LGBT issues in the borough, hosts its Parade and Multicultural Festival, from noon-6pm, in Jackson Heights, with the theme “Equality. Everyday. Everyone.”  

Staten IslandThe Staten Island LGBT Community Center hosts LGBT Pride Parade & Festival 2013 in the St. George neighborhood on Saturday, June 1, from noon-5pm. 

For a complete list of events in New York State visit the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in New York