Gay Pride Marches Downtown

By Irene Plagianos on June 14, 2013 8:47am 

 A gay pride reveler at a 2012 event.
A gay pride reveler at a 2012 event.
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TRIBECA — A slew of rainbow flags will soon be flying in TriBeCa.

Several Gay Pride weekend events — festivities that have long been held on the Meatpacking District’s Pier 54  — will be moving to TriBeCa’s newly revamped Pier 26 this June.

The reason for the switch was simple, Alan Reiff, the co-chairman of Heritage of Pride that organizes New York City Pride events — including the famous Greenwich Village Gay Pride March — told members of Community Board 1’s TriBeCa committee Wednesday night.

“Pier 54 is falling into the river,” Reiff said. “The Hudson River Trust offered us Pier 26 this year, and we think it will be a great fit.”

Last year, several Gay Pride festivities were held at Pier 57 in Chelsea because Pier 54 was considered "unsound" by the Hudson River Park Trust, according to a Heritage of Pride spokesperson. Those events were held in an indoor space, but Pier 26 will allow the parties to be outside in the open air once again.

Events heading to Pier 26 include The Pride Rally, the kick-off to Pride weekend events, which will be held on June 28, from 7 to 10 p.m., Reiff said.

The pier will also host Pride weekend’s women-centric dance-party, NYC Pride! Rapture on the River, on June 29, from 3 to 10 p.m — an event that requires purchased tickets.

And, on June 30, the same day as the march, Pier 26 will also be home to another major dance party. Pride's Dance on the Pier, a fundraising bash that's been held for more than 25 years, will run from 3 to 10 p.m.

For more information about Pride events and ticketing, head to Heritage of Pride.

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