From spots to dance, to essentials to pack, Chris Frederick, managing director of NYC Pride offers his tips and tricks for getting the most out of the city’s WorldPride celebrations.
Q. Best spot to watch the Pride March?
It really depends on your feelings towards crowds. Down in the village where the streets get narrow on Christopher the energy can be utterly remarkable and memorable but also the most crowded. Uptown between 17th and 23rd on both 7th and 5th tend to be less crowded with ample room to get a front row view of everything.
Q. Best place to celebrate after the Pride March?
For this year, I would have to say the Closing Ceremony in Times Square. This is a first of its kind event for us and will have a wide array of artists and entertainers including Melissa Etheridge, Jake Shears, MNEK, Deborah Cox, Margaret Cho, the cast of Tony-nominated musical The Prom, and more.
Q. With WorldPride in NYC this year, what are some things to keep in mind regarding increased numbers of people in the city?
Definitely stake out locations for you and your friends to meet up if you get separated from one another. Also, know the best public bathrooms around where you will be staying. Porta-potties are limited so it’s best to know where to go in a pinch.
Q. Best event to attend (other than March)?
I would say the best event to attend will be our Opening Ceremony at Barclays Center on June 26th. We're turning this event into more of a benefit concert for three amazing organizations, Ali Forney Center, SAGE, and Immigration Equality. It will be a night of giving back to our community while also kicking off WorldPride in an iconic location. Whoopi Goldberg will be hosting along with performances by Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Kahn, Ciara, Todrick Hall, and more.
Q. What’s the best place to dance post-March?
Definitely the Sunday edition of Pride Island. This event used to be called Dance on the Pier and we renamed it in 2017. It's one of the most unique experiences NYC Pride offers every year. Over 7,000 people dancing on Pier 97 overlooking all of midtown and the Empire State Building while the sun sets. It's also where we have some of the most iconic names cap off the week and you won't want to miss who we have in store this year. Finally, the evening ends with the longest running display of fireworks for an LGBTQ+ event in the world, and is an important tradition for us.
Q. What are the essentials anyone headed to the parade should pack?
Sunscreen, small umbrella, snacks and water are my suggestions to make sure you have all of your bases covered.
Q. Best spot for a photo opp?
The Stonewall Inn is an iconic stop for Pride. We suggest checking it out earlier in the week to get your photo opp before the crowds descend on the West Village.
Not in NYC? Here’s some info on Pride events happening in other major cities:
- San Francisco, CA - SF Pride Celebration (June 29) / SF Pride Parade (June 30)
- Los Angeles, CA - LA Pride Parade & Festival (June 8 -9)
- Chicago, IL - Pride Fest/Parade (June 22-23)
- Boston, MA - Pride Parade, Festival and Concert (June 9)
- Toronto - Pride Parade (June 23)
TIED WITH PRIDE
In honor of WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, we’ll be rolling out limited-edition Pride Packs all month long, so you can literally stand in solidarity with us.
WE’VE PARTNERED WITH
This Tony-nominated Broadway musical is about coming together in the name of love, inclusion and acceptance, and its all-star cast helped us create a film commemorating the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.