The month of June annually brings a wave of festive Pride celebrations to major cities around the world. Because we are New York, and there’s just more of everything here, we have two major pride celebrations to look forward to: Manhattan, and Brooklyn (and let’s not forget about our Queer friends up in Queens! Their fab Pride Parade is on June 2). Here, we break down the most anticipated events of Brooklyn Pride 2019, and offer a brief preview for what to expect at the expansive NYC Pride collection of events and celebrations.
Brooklyn Pride 2019
Pride Day in Brooklyn is June 8th, and Brooklyn Pride puts on a series of events for that single day to increase visibility, acceptance for the LBGTQIA+ community. Here’s how Brooklyn Pride Day will break down.
5K Pride Run
June 8th. 10am
This Queer fun run will host hundreds of runners from around New York City and the country for a jaunt through Prospect Park. The Brooklyn park is as spacious and scenic a location in New York City. Runners’ registration fees go towards Brooklyn Pride’s new Volunteer Grant, designed to support local non-profit organizations supporting the local LBGTQIA+ community.
The annual run is now in its 22nd year, and continues to draw an excited and diverse crowd year after year. The age groups range from 13 and under to 70+, and runners can register their preferred gender identity category no matter what. Registration is still open for this healthy and spirited Brooklyn Pride tradition.
June 8th. 11am
Later in the day, a Multi-Cultural Festival will take over Brooklyn’s 5th Avenue between 3rd and 9th streets. Vendors will line the streets representing local borough businesses, and socially conscious organizations from around the city.
June 8th. 12pm
In addition to getting in touch with these promising local groups, attendees of the Brooklyn Pride Multi-Cultural Festival, attendees will also be able to enjoy live entertainment throughout the afternoon. Two stages will welcome acclaimed musical acts from Brooklyn and around the world with the specific lineup yet to be announced.
June 8th. 7:30pm
Brooklyn Pride Day 2019 will wrap up with the only New York City night time parade, where festive attendees and local organizations will march around the borough. The parade starts around Lincoln Place, and finishes at 9th Street and 5th Avenue.
NYC Pride 2019
Across the river, Manhattan will welcome NYC Pride 2019, in association with WorldPride for the first time. The biggest Pride celebration in the world, it’ll also welcome the largest LBGTQIA+ march in the world. The month-long event will feature a number of exciting events, and here are a few examples of the ones we’re most looking forward to.
Pride Luminaries Brunch
This year will mark the eighth annual NYC Pride Luminaries Brunch, which connects local business leaders who have made an impact on the fight for equality in the workplace with festival attendees. An educational event with some killer food and drinks, the brunch is also a fashionable affair with a dress code labeled as “brunch chic.”
Human Rights Conference
The Human Rights Conference is one of New York City Pride’s biggest draws every year. Taking place at New York Law School in Tribeca, the event attracts activists, policymakers, artists, journalists, and educators for a series of conversations, presentations, and lectures.
Rally: Stonewall 50 Commemoration
This New York City Pride event may be the most important, as it directly commemorates the 50th anniversary of the seminal Stonewall Uprising. The free-to-attend rally will bring together the day and age’s best community activists, organizers, and politicians to take the streets and protest exactly a half-century after the riots of 1969.
Pride Parade and Pridefest
Join the masses on June 30th for the epic NYC Pride March, which goes from Madison Square Park down Fifth Ave, over to the West Village, and then up 7th Ave ending in Chelsea. Expect the city’s queer community and allies to turn up for the show, which welcomes hundreds of floats and organizations, plus hundreds of thousands of bystanders. After the parade, PrideFest is a riotous celebration of equality that spills out of bars and restaurants into the streets.
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