Pride parade of New York 2012
The Pride parade of New York runs from the 16th until 24th of June. It promises, as always, to be one of the most colourful, vibrant and diverse week’s in New York’s festival calendar. It is one of the most expected attractions, with thousands of visitors from all around America and the world.
Kicking off with the annual rally on June 16th at the East River Bandshell, the rally will bring MCs Fortune Feimster and Jai Rodriguez from the program Queer Eye For A Straight Guy.
They will hope to bring alive a fantastic tradition of performers at Pride including Whitney Houston, Grace Jones and Cyndi Lauper. If you want to avoid generic New York City tours, the rally will provide a wonderful atmosphere and the opportunity to experience New York in a completely unique way.
On June 20th, Pride hosts Family Night, this year themed as ‘Wonka on the Water.’ Pride is teaming up with Target for a free outdoor showing of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" on Thursday, June 20! Come enjoy the 1971 classic at Pier 46 - not only will you get a great view of the Hudson, but designated snack stations will feature something to please everyone's sweet tooth! The space will also be decked out with rainbow balloons and multi-colored blankets.
June 23rd will see two of the biggest draws of this year’s festival; the VIP Rooftop Party on Hudson Terrace, and ‘Rapture on the River,’ on Pier 57. Both these events will feature famous Djs, bars, social spaces and a great party atmosphere.
On June 24th, PrideFest, the annual LGBT street fair, bringing together local residents and families, community leaders, and area business owners. Attracting thousands of out-of-state visitors and volunteers, this year’s PrideFest marks the 19th annual event. This will take place during the actual March itself- The first March was held in 1970, and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to the illness, violence and neglect. The Grand Marshals of this year’s events will be Cyndi Lauper, Chris Salgardo, Phyllis Siegel and Connie Kopelov.
The festival will close with the ‘Dance on the Pier.’ The great thing about the festival is the way you can drop in and out of events- and offers a chance to unwind after checking out some of the wonderful New York museums or more notable attractions like Top of the Rock.
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