Few communitywide celebrations are as festive and vibrant as Pride events—especially in New York City. Now, with the city and surrounding region’s reopening underway, people far and wide are eager to show their colors and celebrate LGBTQIA+ communities.
In New York City, this year’s Pride will be one of celebration, reunification, and reflection. The theme, “The Fight Continues,” is a testament to both the LGBTQ+ community and New York City itself, both of which continue to forge forward amid recent and longtime challenges. While there are countless events, parties, and parades to choose from, we have compiled a few the whole family can enjoy—both virtually and in person.
As the home of the Stonewall riots, Greenwich Village is the historic heart of the Pride movement. Therefore, it makes sense that the neighborhood’s annual PrideFest is among the most popular events of the city’s rainbow season. The block party, free and open to the public, will be held on June 27 at 11 AM. It will take place both in person and online. Those attending will be able to enjoy live music, food and drink vendors, and the rich history of the city’s roots in queer activism.
Celebrating its 40th year, this year’s Frontrunners Pride Run has been transformed into a hybrid event. The in-person 6K will be under limited capacity, and a virtual 5K will be offered alongside the event to provide accessibility to all. Proceeds from this year’s run will be donated to New Alternatives, a nonprofit focused on providing support to queer homeless youth by enabling them to transition out of the shelter system and lead successful lives.
Can’t make it to Pride in person? No problem! Returning for its fifth year, the NYC Pride March Broadcast Special will feature live performances, on-air interviews, and street-side marching activity—all produced in accordance with the city’s most recent guidelines for public events. It will air on ABC-7 from 12 PM to 3 PM on Sunday, June 27 as well on ABC7NY.com and ABC7 New York’s Connected TV Apps on streaming platforms Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
In addition to the broadcast experience, the Pride March will also include unique activations utilizing outdoor seating areas of local businesses. The pop-ups will boost visibility for local business owners, as well as New York City’s premier designers and artists.
Celebrating in Connecticut and New Jersey
For those who can’t make it to the Big Apple, there are also plenty of options in the tri-state area to explore. From the tranquil beaches of Connecticut to the streets of New Jersey, Pride can be celebrated across the region.
Taking place June 2-23 along the Norwalk River, Fairfield County Pride's calendar of events has something for everyone. From youth movie nights to fabulous drag brunches, there is no shortage of ways to show your pride or honor your LGBTQIA+ family and friends.
For New Jerseyans looking to show their pride, Out Montclair has an exciting lineup of events ranging from film screenings and performances to special workout classes. The Fleet Feet & Montclair Brewery Pride Run, for instance, takes place on Thursday, June 17. Participants are invited to "run, hop, or skip" a 5K with proceeds being donated to the Out Montclair organization.
A Year-round Commitment
As enjoyable as Pride Month events are, we believe in celebrating and advocating for LGBTQIA+ people year-round. We also believe everyone deserves equal protection under the law, regardless of who they love. For this reason, we are proud to be a member of the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act, a group of 300+ leading U.S. employers supporting bipartisan legislation to provide the same protections to LGBTQIA+ people as are provided to other protected groups under federal law.
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