Pride Month is upon us, and you’ll find events going on throughout June off of just about any subway, LIRR or Metro-North stop. Below, find some inspiration to get out there and celebrate, whether you want to take part in a parade on the beach, near the legendary Stonewall Inn, or in the fresh upstate air.
LONG ISLAND PRIDE June 12th, noon
Every year, tens of thousands flock to the second-largest pride event in New York after the New York City Pride March: LI Pride. Returning this year for its first full-on blowout since 2019, the event will take over Main Street in the Village of Farmingdale. Expect a big turnout, and don’t worry about getting there if you’re coming in from out of the town — the LIRR has added service for the day. Festivities kick off at noon and the party — which consists of a parade, concert, and festival with plenty of dancing and food — lasts until 6 p.m.
5 minute walk
POUGHKEEPSIE PRIDE PARADE & FESTIVAL June 12th, noon
You’ll find many Pride events off the Metro-North line, including in Hudson Valley. Get in some fresh air upstate at events like the Poughkeepsie Pride Parade & Festival on June 12th. The Dutchess County Pride Center and PKGO have joined together this year to host the event in downtown Poughkeepsie, where things will kick off at 11 a.m. from the corner of Market and Main streets. Everyone is invited to march, or simply sit on the sidelines and cheer. There will be food and activities all day long, and music provided by a deejay to keep the mood on point.
4 minute walk to Waryas Park Promenade
YONKERS PRIDE June 11th, 2 p.m.
In Westchester, the annual Yonkers Pride Festival will get down on June 11th on Main Street in Downtown Yonkers (a delightful waterfront neighborhood on any day). Things will kick off around 2 p.m. and go until 8 p.m., with local vendors out with food and merch, and you can expect plenty of activities and entertainment throughout the evening.
5 minute walk
NYC PRIDE MARCH June 26th, noon
The NYC Pride March has been an annual civil rights demonstration since 1970, one year after the Stonewall uprising took place. In its first iteration, it was called Christopher Street Liberation Day, and the route ran from the Stonewall Inn to Central Park. Today, the event has become the largest pride event in North America, with millions attending each year.
This year, things kick off at noon at 25th Street and 5th Avenue, and marchers will head south on 5th Avenue. The march will then head west on 8th Street, to Christopher Street where it will pass by the Stonewall National Monument, and then to 7th Avenue where it will pass the New York City AIDS Memorial. Things will wrap up in Chelsea at 16th Street and 7th Avenue.
Grand Marshals will be Ts Madison, Punkie Johnson, Schuyler Bailar, Dominique Morgan, and Chase Strangio.
5 minute walk to the start of the parade
As an alternative to the big parade, there's the Queer Liberation March hosted by the Reclaim Pride Coalition, which organizers say is meant to “reignite the legacy of Stonewall.” This year’s event will take place at Foley Square at 2 p.m.
3 to 5 minute walk
PRIDEFEST June 26th, 11 a.m.
Not up for a march? The popular PrideFest returns for a street fair hosted on 4th Avenue between East 8th Street and East 13th Street. This event is in its 28th year, and features entertainers, activities and a variety of food.
1 minute walk
PRIDE ISLAND June 25th & 26th
For the first time, NYC Pride is taking over Governors Island for their Pride Island event, an LGBTQIA+ music festival that this year will feature Lil’ Kim, Shenseea, Kim Petras, Papi Juice, and many more.
5 minute walk to ferry
In 2019, to mark 50 years since Stonewall, the MTA adorned subway cars along the 1 line with Pride hearts (pictured above), which can still be seen today. Want to get a subway Pride heart T-shirt, or one of those stickers? Visit our new online shop.
You can also pick up items in the New York Transit Museum shop featuring this logo.