There’s no better time to be proud of who we are than Pride month and there’s no place to celebrate our differences like New York City. Home of the queers and the freaks, NYC comes alive in June when we get to embrace love in its purest form. Over the years, FlatRate has been a proud sponsor of the Pride March and a steady supporter of the LGBTQ community — continuing to recognize its importance and impact on the city’s essence.
One of the most LGBTQ-friendly places in the world, New York plays a significant role in the acceptance of the gay community. According to Curbed NY, neighborhoods like the Greenwich Village hold tons of historical significance in the gay liberation movement as the home of the nation’s largest concentration of LGBTQ historic sites and organizations. A catalyst in the city, Greenwich Village has paved the way over the years for other neighborhoods like Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen to step up their gay game with multiple LGBTQ bars and cultural events. In Brooklyn, neighborhoods like Bushwick, Park Slope, and Williamsburg are among some of the more gay-friendly areas with multiple LGBTQ-owned establishments and services.
For those looking to properly celebrate Pride Month, we picked the best events this year — whether you want to have some family time, party until dawn, or take the streets with thousands of other proud New Yorkers.
Family Movie Night at Hudson River Park’s Pier 45
Friday – June 21st, 2019
Family movie night is a celebration for all kinds of families. This free event is perfect for parents and kids who are ready to celebrate Pride and the beginning of summer. With movies appropriate for all ages, the party will start early in the day with games and live entertainment until the stars come out. All proceeds will benefit NYC Pride and other LGBTQIA+ organizations.
Youth Pride at SummerStage Central Park
Saturday – June 29th, 2019
Creating a safe space for LGBTQIA+ teenagers, this vibrant event is the place for all young people to celebrate their pride. With interactive experiences, games, music, and entertainment, Youth Pride is a public event that allows a moment for young people to honor who they are in a judgment-free environment. This event is free for all under 21.
Take the Streets
PrideFest between Union Sq and Astor Pl
Sunday – June 30th, 2019
PrideFest is NYC’s most beloved street festival. This day of fun combines exhibitors, entertainers, and all kinds of activities in the name of equality. Attracting tourists and locals, this block party is the perfect spot to let your freak flag fly. Music performers this year include Princess Nokia, The Veronicas, Lauren Jauregui, and the one and only E.J Johnson. This event is free and open to the public from 11 am to 6 pm.
Party Until Dawn
Proud AF: Pride March Afterparty at House of Yes
Sunday – June 30th, 2019
Looking for somewhere to party after hours following the Pride March? Check out House of Yes. Get ready to continue to celebrate pride at Bushwick’s favorite LGBTQ spot. Make sure to bring lots of glitters, your best poker face, and of course, dancing shoes. Tickets are only $10 and this event is 21+.