Whether your speed is body paint or Broadway, there’s a Pride Week event for you.
We hope you’re practicing your Vogue moves and readying that boa for prime time, because Pride Week begins this Sunday. Here are some of the can’t-miss events to get your social calendar started.
What’s better than Broadway? The same stars, in less clothing. On June 21, for the 25th edition of Broadway Bares, an annual fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, more than 150 dancers will strip down in themed numbers on the Hammerstein Ballroom stage.
The W New York – Downtown (8 Albany St.) is hosting the “bitchiest” game night with Basic Bitches Bingo on June 22. In charge of the balls will be Linda Simpson, who is definitely not a basic anything. Prizes include free cocktails, tickets to Dance on the Pier, hotel stays and a trip to New Orleans. Tickets are $30 and include two cocktails.
Also on June 22, bank some choice calories to work off later in the week at The Center’s Garden Party, from 6-10 p.m. at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84. Sample dozens of the city’s premier restaurants, alongside seasonal cocktails (it’s open bar all night) as you take in the sunset.
Harlem’s own Pride Week doesn’t kick off — it sails, with Pride Ride: Rockin’ the Rivers on June 26 at 9 p.m. from Pier 83. DJs Missy B and Stormin Norman get the Hudson River riled up on this Circle Line cruise, with food included in the $50 ticket price.
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The Pride Kickoff Rally mixes serious takes on Pride themes with comedians — this year’s host is Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) — big-name performers (Ashanti will open the event) and, of course, a whole lot of glitter. The rally returns to Pier 26 on June 26 at 7 p.m.
We’re not sure why it took so long, but NYC Pride is finally debuting an official Friday night party with Fantasy: A Burlesque Masquerade on June 26, set in the only space that could do it justice: the Diamond Horseshoe. The headliner is the U.K.’s Freemasons, joined by Australia’s Kitty Glitter, and there will be special performances all night long (consider your footwear carefully, this party goes from 10 p.m.-5 a.m.). Tickets start at $39, and everyone is encouraged to wear a mask.
There will be plenty of massive dance parties during the week, but Hudson Terrace’s VIP Rooftop Party on June 27 will have all the music, just less of the crowds. Dance in three unique spaces — the climate-controlled (for hot or rainy weather) rooftop, Indoor Salon and Outdoor Terrace — to four DJs. Plus, the event is open bar from 2-3 p.m., and the party goes until 10 p.m.
Pride’s two ladies-only events take place June 27, beginning at 5 p.m. with the New York City Dyke March. Don’t expect floats or elaborate costumes, as this is a demonstration for women’s rights rather than a parade, and all women are welcome to take part. After the event, it’s time for the ladies-only dance party Teaze on Pier 26, with DJ sets by Sherock and Whitney Day, then on to the after-after party, Pier Pressure, at Slate nightclub.
Whether you’re marching, or one of the million or so people watching, NYC Pride March is the only way to spend the last afternoon of Pride Week. The parade on June 28 sets off at noon on 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and goes south to Christopher Street, so plan your outdoor brunch/curbside seat/balcony toasts accordingly.
After the parade, the party people will be heading to Dance on the Pier at Pier 26, where the music starts at 3 p.m. with headliner Ariana Grande and DJs Wayne G, The Cube Guys and Ralphi Rosario.
But if you’ve had enough sun, or want to catch Darren Criss on Broadway before he hands over the glitter eyeshadow to Taye Diggs next month, we bet the special late show of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at 7 p.m. will be one to remember.