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Brooklyn Gay Pride 2014 - Park Slope Gay Pride 2014

Celebrating Brooklyn Pride, in New York City's Park Slope neighborhood

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Ginger's Bar, a favorite LGBT hangout on 5th Avenue in Brooklyn's Park Slope, the site of the annual Brooklyn Pride Parade and Festival

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The hip Hotel Le Bleu in Park Slope is a good lodging option for attending Brooklyn Gay Pride

photo by Andrew Collins

New York City's most populous borough (with more than 2.5 million residents), Brooklyn was established as a separate city, and it remains very much its own entity. Several neighborhoods have become popular with gays, especially Park Slope, which has one of the nation's highest concentrations of lesbian residents. Park Slope is the site each year of Brooklyn Gay Pride, which is held in early June, and at a new location (5th Avenue between 3rd and 9th streets) this year, having moved from its prior spot on the edge of Prospect Park. In 2014, Brooklyn Gay Pride takes place on Saturday, June 14, two weeks after Queens Gay Pride, and two weeks before Manhattan's official New York City Gay Pride.

In addition to the main festival and parade, a few related events include an Interfaith Service, a Flag-Raising Ceremony at Borough Hall, a 5K Pride Run, and an Official After Party. Here's a full calendar of Brooklyn Pride Week events.

The main events of Brooklyn Pride include a festival and night-time parade (the only Pride parade in the Northeast held at night), both of which take place on Saturday.

From 11 am until 5 pm on Saturday, June 8, the Brooklyn Pride Festival is held in Park Slope, along 5th Avenue between 3rd and 9th streets. The festival includes a street fair with community businesses and organizations, food and shopping, a play area for kids and families, and a main stage with live music, comedy, dance, and other performers. If you're arriving by Subway, take the D, N, or R train to the 9th Street stop, or the F or G to the 4th Avenue stop.

The Brooklyn Gay Pride Parade takes place following the festival, at 7:30 pm. It begins at Sterling Place and 5th Avenue, and march to the corner of 9th Street and 5th Avenue.

Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Gay Pride. Check local gay papers, such as Next Magazine. And be sure to check out the helpful GLBT website produced by the city's official tourism organization, NYC & Company.

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