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Pride 2024 in New York State

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Pride is always an exciting time in New York, and 2024 is bringing a jam-packed lineup of fun and meaningful events all across the state. Highlights include the iconic NYC Pride March, illumination of Niagara Falls in Pride colors, and Pride Night with the Syracuse Mets. At these and other Pride events in New York, LGBTQ New Yorkers and visitors will come together again in the birthplace of the modern movement to show love for each other, for the community, and for New York!

Stephan Hengst and Patrick Decker, founders of Big Gay Hudson Valley, pose on the Walkway Over The Hudson, site of the Pride In The Sky event

Kick off the season of Pride in the Hudson Valley at the first ever Pride Night on the Walkway Over the Hudson! On May 17 at dusk, a group of 100-plus flag marshals will begin the evening by parading a 1,000-foot-long portion of Gilbert Baker’s original eight-color Pride flag across the bridge, which will be illuminated by the LED rainbow lights. Put on your best illuminated look and get ready to light it up for pride with glowing costumes, bracelets, and flashlights as you make your way across the Walkway alongside exciting live entertainment, interactive booths, and more. May 17, 6 PM-10 PM; free.

Six Black women and girls holding Pride flags on a city street

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NYC Pride March is back for its 55th year with the theme “Reflect. Empower. Unite.” The March kicks off at 11am at 25th Street and 5th Avenue. NYC PrideFest, the LGBTQ street fair, is back and not to be missed! Stop by 4th Avenue between 13th and 9th Streets in Manhattan for musical performances, entertainers, food, activities, and Pride gear from unique vendors. Lots of NYC Pride events are taking place in the days leading up to and following the Pride March and PrideFest, including Youth Pride, a lively celebration to empower LGBTQIA+ youth at the South Street Seaport Museum. Be sure to check out all that’s going on and start planning your NYC Pride adventures now! Sunday, June 30, PrideFest and The March at 11 AM, free.

The Stonewall Inn with neon sign and Pride flags in foreground

In the heart of Greenwich Village in Christopher Park, visitors can find the Stonewall National Monument, commemorating the events of the Stonewall Uprising of June 28, 1969 and the birth of the modern day LGBTQ civil rights movement that stemmed from there. Make sure to stop for a drink at the Stonewall Inn, the still-operating LGBTQ bar right across the street from the monument. Your trip isn’t complete until you visit the new Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, opening this June. It’s the first National Park visitor center dedicated to LGBTQ+ history, located right behind the Inn, and will feature immersive experiences such as tours, lectures, exhibitions, and visual art displays. The Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center officially opens June 28.

A building lit up in Pride colors in Binghamton

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Binghamton is going all out for Pride Month, kicking things off with a ceremonial flag raising at City Hall at noon on June 1, followed by a Pride kickoff party at Squiggy’s at 8pm. Pride Palooza will be held in Otsiningo Park on June 8 from 12pm-6pm. Bring your own picnic blankets or lawn chairs, and a to-go lunch from home or a nearby restaurant to enjoy while listening to live entertainment. Local food vendors will also be at the venue. Fireworks will cap off the day’s events in Downtown Binghamton with a Pride After Party to follow at the Lost Dog Cafe. Don’t miss other exciting events including Pride Day at Ross Park Zoo and Pride Night with Binghamton Rumble Ponies Baseball, also happening in June. Dates and prices vary.

Buffalo Pride flag: a buffalo on a rainbow flag

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Buffalo Pride Week features a wide series of events to celebrate Pride across Buffalo and Western New York. On May 28, join the Buffalo Front Runners and Front Walkers in Delaware Park for a 1.8-mile walk/run to show your Pride in the Greater Niagara region! Niagara Falls will be lit up with Pride colors on the night of June 1. Earlier that day, flag-raising ceremonies will be held at Artpark (9 AM), Niagara Falls State Park (10 AM), Niagara Falls City Hall (11:30 AM), North Tonawanda City Hall (1:30pm), and Lockport City Hall on June 3 (3:30 PM). The week of celebration culminates on June 2 with the Pride Parade on Elmwood Avenue and Pride Festival at Canalside Buffalo. Main event, Sunday, June 2, 11 AM-7PM, parade: free, festival: $15.03/person.

Southern Finger Lakes Pride is getting ready to take over Market Street with a joyous celebration that promises to be bigger and better than ever. The colorful weekend will kick off on June 7 with a flag raising at Centerway Square followed by a Volo Dance Party, a surprise meet and greet, and opportunity to gallery hop with the Rockwell Art Lab. The Pride Festival takes place on June 8 and features art everywhere from window painting to live art demonstrations, and live performances in honor of this year’s theme, “Take Up Space!” There will also be a 21+ tent with wine and beer tastings. Other events include an unforgettable Fairy Drag Parent workshop on June 7 for teens 13-17 who want to learn the art of drag. Main event Saturday, June 8, 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM PM, free.

Two rainbow flags billowing in the wind in NYC

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All are welcome at Washington Park in Albany on June 8 as In Our Own Voices hosts Say It Loud! BI POC Pride. The event recognizes the contributions, resilience, and struggles of LGBTQIA+ Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the Capital Region through music, food, entertainment, and more. Head over to Waterworks Pub for the official after party where you’ll dance the night away. In Our Own Voices is celebrating Pride all throughout June with a series of events including a community barbecue, a substance-free Planetary Pride event at the Museum of Innovation and Science, and an Elements House Ball at the Albany Capital Center. Main event, Saturday, June 8, 12-5:30 PM, free.

Progressive Pride Flag flies outside the Capitol Building at Empire State Plaza

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A signature Capital Region event returns for 2024 with the Capital Pride Parade & Festival, one of the largest Pride celebrations in the Northeast. The parade kicks off on State Street at noon on June 9, followed by a festival in historic Washington Park featuring live music, theatrical performances, and more. Capital Pride events are happening throughout the month of June, starting with a Pride Kick-Off Block Party on May 31 featuring food, music, libations, and chances to win fun prizes. Main event, Sunday, June 9, 11:30 AM-5 PM, free.

Get ready to celebrate in Woodstock for their first annual Pride weekend! The party kicks off on Saturday, June 8 with a tea dance with DJ Karin Ward at Millstream Tavern and a Special Screening of Go Fish! at the Tinker Street Cinema. The following day the parade will step off at the Comeau Upper Lot beginning with a ribbon cutting and head towards Colony Woodstock, where the festivities continue with a post parade party. Parade, Sunday, June 9, 12 PM, free.

The 34th Annual Long Island Pride Parade and Festival is heading to Huntington. The festivities will kick off at 12 PM with the grand parade starting at Clinton Avenue and Main Street and proceeds down Main Street to Heckscher Park where the fun continues with PrideFest featuring an all-star entertainment line-up including host John Dias wit CBS New York, The Cover Girls, and Vinyl Revival plus local performers and live DJs. Sunday, June 9, 12-5 PM, free.

View of a crowd from behind, cheering to a rainbow-colored smoke cloud.

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Celebrate Pride in the Thousand Islands all weekend long and beyond! Events kick off Friday, June 14 at the historic Paddock Arcade, with The Paddock Club supplying food and drink specials, followed by drag show performances. Get an early start on Saturday with a flag raising at City Hall. The event begins at 10 AM but arrive early–this draws a crowd. Join the Q Center at ACR Health for a Drag Story Hour. At noon, head to Stone Street for all kinds of Pride festivities downtown. That evening, the entertainment comes to you when MissAmber Skyy’s traveling drag show moves from bar to bar, gracing each one with a 20-minute performance. On Sunday, wrap up Watertown Pride weekend with a Tea Dance at Garland City Beer Works from 2 PM- 5 PM, a local LGBTQIA+-owned brewery. Looking for even more ways to celebrate Pride in the Thousand Islands? Stick around for River Pride the following weekend, with celebrations taking place all along the St. Lawrence River in communities like Cape Vincent, Clayton, and Alexandria Bay. Main event, Saturday, June 15, 10 AM-3PM, free.

People attend Harlem Pride

Celebrate Pride in the historic neighborhood of Harlem in New York City. This year the festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary and festival-goers will be entertained all day long with live performances, celebrity hosts, and DJs to get everyone up and dancing. This is an event for the whole family. Food and retail vendors will be on hand and there’ll be face painting and a Drag Queen Story Hour. While it’s a day of celebration, Harlem Pride will also be providing practical resources for the community; attendees will find referrals for health, legal, and financial services. Medical testing and health screenings will also be available. Saturday, June 29, 12-6 PM, free.

The cascading water of Niagara Falls illuminated in Pride colors

Rainbow City Pride (The Official Pride of Niagara Falls) will take over Old Falls Street for a grand celebration featuring a unicorn-drawn carriage ride, superheroes from the Justice League of WNY, performances by DivasWho! and loads of local vendors and food trucks selling plenty of goodies. After the street festival, head to one of the Rainbow City after parties at Daredevil Record, The Archives Pub, or Gold Bar. Wind down the evening at Niagara Falls State Park, where the falls will be lit up in Pride colors and fireworks will cap off the night! June 29, 11 AM-10PM, free.

The Adirondacks will come alive with Pride in Saranac Lake’s beautiful Riverside Park. All are invited to this family-friendly event to stand together side by side to promote diversity in all its aspects, love, acceptance, respect and unity. The festivities kick off with a parade up Broadway to the park where the celebration continues with vendors and exhibits from across the Tri-Lakes, raffles, guest speakers, and music. Sunday, June 30, 12 PM – 4 PM.

The Syracuse Mets will show their Pride at their annual Pride Night at NBT Bank Stadium. The first 1,500 fans to arrive at the game (against Lehigh Valley) will receive a Syracuse Mets Pride Jersey and Pride flag. Everyone at the ballpark is invited to take advantage of Dollar Thursday. Fountain drinks and a featured souvenir will cost $1, Hofmann hot dogs and Coneys will be going for $2, draft beers like Saranac and Labatt, as well as 1911 Hard Cider, will cost $3. Thursday, June 13, 6:35 PM, ticket prices: $21-$45.

A group of drag queens dressed in the colors of the Pride flag perform on stage at Rochester Pride

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Celebrate the accomplishments and history of the LGBTQ+ community at one of New York State’s largest Pride festivals north of New York City. The Rochester Pride Parade steps off at 1PM on South Avenue and the fun continues at Highland Park with ROC Pride Fest. There’ll be food trucks, wine and beer for sale, vendor tables, games and activities, and a designated play area for kids. Expect live music all day long, complete with surprise performances. Find even more chances to celebrate, including a Pride bike ride, picnic, and events at the Seneca Park Zoo (June 8) and Seabreeze Amusement Park (July 13). Saturday, July 20, parade 11 AM, festival 11 AM – 6 PM PM, festival general admission: $5.

Jamestown and Chautauqua County are planning an exciting lineup of events for Pride this year. Start the month right on June 1 at the kick-off rally and flag raising ceremony at Tracy Plaza. The following weekend, head to the Jamestown Historic District for the official Pride Festival. Hosted in cooperation with the Jamestown Public Market, there will be local vendors, live music, drag and other performances, educational resources, and more. Keep the party going and be sure to join the Pride After Party at Sneakers! Saturday June 8, festival 10 AM-4 PM, after party 8 PM-11 PM. 

Drag queens wave as they arrive aboard the Fire Island Clipper for the annual Fire Island Invasion

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Each year on the afternoon of July 4, drag queens from Cherry Grove and the Pines gather for the celebration and recreation of the very first Fire Island Invasion! To honor the original summer of 1976 invasion, the party will start at the Cherry Grove Hotel’s Ice Palace Bar. Then, after parading through Cherry Grove, the queens will board a ferry over to the Pines, where they’ll be greeted by thousands. Watch the invasion from Cherry’s on the Bay’s Love Boat or head to the Pines for the grand arrival. Afterward, party with famous guest DJs at the Pavilion, The Pines Bistro and Martini Bar, Sip-N-Twirl, and The Blue Whale. July 1-7, main event, Thursday July 4. 

People hold a large Pride flag at a march during Pride Day at the New York State Fair

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Celebrate Pride at the Great New York State Fair this summer! This year’s fair takes place from August 21-September 2, and August 23 is officially designated as Pride Day. There will be activities all day long including a Pride flag raising ceremony, resource fair, parade, and LGBTQ+ Pride Booth, featuring free literature, professional resources, and an array of community programs. Be sure to take a selfie in front of the booth’s official I LOVE NY LGBTQ logo before you go!

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