Stonewall 50 –
Time to Celebrate in NYC
Special to GoGuide Magazine
I always count down to the different Pride events throughout the year, and this year’s must-attend Pride will be in NYC! NYC is going to host World Pride in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Stonewall Riots. Fifty years ago, in 1969, and one month after the Stonewall Riots, hundreds of brave people gathered in the first NYC Pride Rally, making history and leading the path to a better life for LGBTQ+ people around the world.
With over 50 events happening between June 1st until the 30th, the WorldPride NYC has something for everyone, including music, art, film, wellness, history, parties, great food, and more – with the World Pride Opening Ceremony on June 26th, and of course, with the highly anticipated NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30th.
Choosing the events that you want to attend is not an easy task when there are so many incredible options. Here are a few of the events that I’m counting down to:
Garden Party – Enjoy great food from various restaurants at sunset, and dance the night away at this kick-off event on June 24th at Pier 97 at Hudson River Park.
Rally: Stonewall 50 Commemoration – On June 28th, from 6 until 9 pm, NYC Pride is taking the Rally back to the streets. This event is free and open to the public.
VIP Rooftop – If you are coming from out of town, you can’t visit NY and not go to a rooftop event. This official NYC Pride event takes place on June 29th at the Hudson Terrace – one of the most exclusive rooftop venues, which features breathtaking views of the city. Make sure to get your tickets early!
Pride Fest – This annual street fair full of vendors, entertainment, and more, takes place on June 30th from 12 until 6 pm. This event is also free and open to the public.
WorldPride Closing Ceremony – Join influential speakers and musical talents at Times Square on June 30th from 7 until 10 pm. The official lineup will be announced soon.
Pride Island – The multi-day live musical event featuring Grace Jones, Teyanna Taylor, Pabllo Vittar, and more, will take place on June 29th and 30th at Pier 97. Sadly, this event is already sold out for 2019, but being a yearly event, you will want to stalk tickets for 2020.
Make sure you stop by for a few drinks at the famous Stonewall Inn, a gay bar and National Historic Landmark. Another great bar, which is also the oldest gay bar in NYC, is Julius. And if you are looking for suggestions on where to eat, look no further. Stop by https://asianmapleleaf.com/city-guides/new-york/ for my personal recommendations.
Celebrate a half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation!
This article was written by Barry joy (aka @asianmapleleaf) - ambassador of all things travel. Barry was born and raised in Toronto and currently lives in New York City. Follow his adventures on asianmapleleaf.com or Instagram @asianmapleleaf..