New York City celebrates Gay Pride each June (June 27 to June 29, 2014), to honor what many consider to be one of the foremost events in the history of lesbian and gay rights, the Stonewall Riots, which commenced early in the morning on June 28, 1969.
Also, be sure to consider some of the New York Pride events that take place in neighboring boroughs, such as Queens Gay Pride (early June) and Brooklyn Gay Pride (early June), as well as Jersey City Gay Pride (late August) and Newark Gay Pride (in July) across the Hudson River in New Jersey. Also note that less than two hours north of Manhattan, the Hudson Valley region has several Gay Pride events, including Big Gay Hudson Valley Pride in Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County (late May); Hudson Valley Gay Pride in New Paltz, Woodstock, and Kingston (early June); and Hudson Gay Pride in Columbia County (mid-June).
In New York City, Pride celebrations typically center around several events held at the end of June. All of the major parties and celebrations take place over one big weekend, from Friday, June 27 to Sunday, June 29): the main events are the Rally (the earliest of the events, taking place on Friday), Rapture on the River and VIP Rooftop Pool Party on Saturday; and PRIDEfest, The March, the Dance on the Pier, and Pride Poolside all taking place on Sunday. The events mostly take place in the West Village, very close to the city's other gay-popular neighborhoods like Chelsea and the East Village.
Here's a more detailed look at 2014 NYC Gay Pride:
The Pride Rally takes place at Pier 26 in Tribeca, which you access by crossing West Street at Laight Street. This free event is held Friday, June 27, from 7 pm until 10 pm.
On Saturday, June 28, Rapture on the River, NYC Pride's official women's dance party, takes place. This thumpin' dance, featuring the music from top DJs, starts at 3 pm on Saturday, and lasts until 10 pm.
Also taking place on Saturday is the VIP Rooftop Party - this crowd-pleasing party will again take place at the swankily renovated Hudson Terrace Rooftop Garden Lounge and Salon and Garden Terrace, at 621 West 46th Street, which is by the Hudson River, a half-block from the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. It begins at 2 pm and lasts until 10 pm.
The March commences at noon on Sunday, June 29, at 5th Avenue and 36th Street and winds its way downtown to the intersection of Christopher and Greenwich streets. Here's the official NYC Pride Parade route map. This is arguably the must-see event of Gay Pride in New York City, drawing thousands of spectators.
PRIDEfest is also held on Sunday, June 29, from 11 am until 6 pm along Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and W. 14th St., at the junction of three great neighborhoods, Chelsea, the West Village, and the Meatpacking District. Here's an official PRIDEfest map. The festive (and free) GLBT street fair features dozens of vendors, entertainers, and community organizations.
The always-festive Dance on the Pier provides a grand finale for New York City Gay Pride. Thousands of GLBT revelers and friends congregate on Pier 26 in Tribeca, reached by crossing West Street at Laight Street) following Sunday's Pride March, from 3 pm until 10 pm. It's one of the great gay Manhattan parties of the year.
Last but not least, don't miss NYC Pride's newest big shindig, the Pride Poolside Party, which will also be taking place on Sunday afternoon, June 29, from noon until 6 pm.
Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay papers, such as Next Magazine, Odyssey Magazine New York and the Gay City News for details. And be sure to check out the helpful GLBT website produced by the city's official tourism organization, NYC & Compancy.