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NYC Pride 2016: 7 unmissable highlights from this year’s schedule

NYC Pride 2016: 7 unmissable highlights from this year’s schedule

Some 2.1 million spectators will descend on New York City in June for NYC Pride

We’re already super stoked about this year’s NYC Pride.

The world’s biggest LGBTI festival takes place next month, from 19-26 June, with this year’s theme being ‘Equality Needs You.’

Managing Director Chris Frederick says the theme ‘serves as a reminder of the continuing fight for full equality and the effect a single individual can have on their world.’

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Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, adds: ‘Whether it’s in the West Village – the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement – Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, the East Village, Williamsburg or Jackson Heights, we encourage visitors and residents to participate in the iconic and vibrant Pride events taking place throughout New York City this June and July.’

Here, we look at seven parties, events and activities not to be missed from this year’s jam-packed lineup

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1 The March

The March on 26 June begins in Murray Hill at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and culminates at Christopher Street and Greenwich Street in the West Village.

Led by grand marshals Jazz Jennings (the youngest grand marshal in NYC Pride history), Subhi Nahas (co-founder of the first LGBTI magazine in Syria), and Cecilia Chung (an internationally-recognized LGBTI advocate), the NYC March is the largest pride march in the country and is expected to have more than 2 million people lining the route.

2  Fantasy

This year’s Fantasy party theme is ‘Neon’ and guests are encouraged to dress in their brightest colors at one of NYC’s newest and most popular clubs, The Diamond Horseshoe, located beneath the Paramount Hotel in Times Square. Fantasy starts on 24 June at 10pm.

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3 VIP Rooftop Party

Billed as the hottest Pride party of the year, the VIP Rooftop Party takes place at Hudson Terrace [above], one of the most exclusive rooftop venues that overlooks the greatest city in the world. The party is set for 25 June from 2pm-10pm.

4 Teaze

Teaze (formerly known as the Rapture on the River) is exclusively for women and celebrates new ways for all women to come together and celebrate Pride. The dance party takes place on 25 June from 3pm-10pm at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26. This year’s DJs include Samantha Ronson and Toni K.

5 PrideFest

Immediately following the March on 26 June, PrideFest is a free LGBTI street fair on Hudson Street, between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street, that combines vendors, entertainment acts and activities for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality.

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6 The Rally

The NYC Pride Rally officially kicks off Pride in New York City on 24 June at 7pm at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26. The first rally occurred one month after the Stonewall riots in 1969. The tradition to gather and remember the origins of the Pride celebration takes place each year. Attendance is free and open to the public.

7 Dance on the Pier

Celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2016, the Dance on the Pier at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in Manhattan is one of the most anticipated music events of the year. Taking place on 26 June from 2pm-10pm, this year’s DJs include Ben Baker, Honey Soundsystem, Hoxton Whores and Alain Jackinsky.

For more information, visit nycpride.org and nycgo.com.