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Here's Your Guide to NYC Pride Week

By  Jeanmarie Evelly Carolina Pichardo Angely Mercado and Rachel Holliday Smith | April 29, 2016 5:04pm | Updated on June 22, 2016 2:43pm

 Revelers enjoyed the sunshine at the Pride Parade on June 29, 2014.
Revelers enjoyed the sunshine at the Pride Parade on June 29, 2014.
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NEW YORK CITY — Get your rainbow gear ready.

NYC Pride Week returns to the Big Apple, a celebration of the city's LGBT community that will kick off June 19 and culminate with the famous Pride March down Fifth Avenue on June 26.

The theme of the 2016 celebration is "Equality Needs You" — a nod to the progress the equality movement has made and the work that still needs to be done, according to Heritage of Pride, the nonprofit that organizes the parade and other events.

Here's a roundup of some of the NYC Pride festivities taking place this year.


Kweendom: Are You OK?

Where: The Unicorn, 105 Henry St., Chinatown
When: Thursday, 8 p.m.

Bobby Hankinson hosts this evening of LGBTQ comedy, storytelling and open-mic contributions, held in a "space literally filled with unicorns and rainbows," as the Facebook event page describes it. On the lineup: Drae Campbell, Desmond Thorne, and Molly Horan. The suggested donation is $10, money that will go to the victims of the Orlando shooting.

► A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Pride!

Where: The Broadway Comedy Club, 318 W. 53rd St., Midtown; The Greenwich Village Comedy Club, 99 MacDougal St.
When: Thursday at 10 p.m. and Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

Michelle Tomko, who "pulls her humor from everyday observations and classic stories of family, travel, pets, and where she puts herself on the LGBT spectrum," according to her website, is the headliner at these shows. On Thursday, Jes Tom will join her. On Sunday, Hankinson and Tom will perform. Tickets cost $10 online and $20 at the door, with a two-drink minimum. 


Big Gay Pride Comedy Show

Where: The Broadway Comedy Club, 318 W. 53rd St., Midtown
When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This show hosted by comedian Sophia Nurse features Janice Danielle, Rich Kiamco, Abby Deely, Kevin Dolan, Exiene Lungren, and Jourdain Searles. As is the case with all shows at the Broadway Comedy Club, there's a two-drink minimum.

The Rally

Where: Pier 26
When: Friday, 7 p.m.

An annual event that's taken place since June of 1969, when people gathered for a demonstration a month after the Stonewall Riots. This year's event will feature a number of activists, celebrities and speakers who have yet to be announced.

► QueerCom 2016

Where: People's Improv Theater, 123 E. 24th St., Gramercy
When: Friday, 8 p.m. to Sunday, 8:30 p.m.

The People's Improv Theater welcomes comedy lovers to Pride Weekend's unofficial LGBTQ comedy festival. QueerCom is three days of everything from improv to drag to  full-length musicals. Festival tickets are $40. 

Exxon and Bud Light Lime Present: THANK Goddess PRIDE

Where: Over the Eight, 594 Union Ave., Williamsburg
When: Friday, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Jes Tom is one of four stand-up comedians competing for the title of "J.P. Morgan Chase Bank Queer Artist in Residency" at this queer/feminist show hosted by Joe Castle Baker and Tessa Skara. A donation of $5 is suggested and proceeds will go to Pulse. 

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The Fantasy

Where: The Diamond Horseshoe, 235 W. 46th St., Midtown 
When: Friday, 10 p.m.

A neon-themed dance party at a night club in Times Square, which will feature performers and surprise acts throughout the night. Advanced tickets start at $25.


Rooftop Party

Where: Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46th St., Midtown
When: Saturday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Party al fresco at this rooftop venue, where DJs Paulo, Eddie Martinez and Peter Napoli will spin throughout the evening. Admission starts at $45.


Where: Pier 26, West Village
When: Saturday, 3 p.m to 10 p.m

A riverside party just for ladies; what organizers are calling "the best women's event in NYC during this year's pride." The lineup incudes DJs Samantha Ronson, Toni*K and Tatiana. Admission starts at $25.

Full Spectrum Pride

Where: Secret Project Robot Art Space, 389 Melrose St., Bushwick
When: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Dance the day away at this afternoon dance party hosted by The Spectrum, an art space for queer artists, at the Secret Project Robot gallery. Seven DJs are lined up to play. Tickets are $5 before 5 p.m., $10 before 7 p.m. and a “sliding scale” between $15 and $25 after 7 p.m., organizers said.


Where: Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
When: 6 p.m. to midnight

This free rooftop party is sponsored by Posture Magazine, a digital and biannual print magazine dedicated to the “creative exploration of identity.” Entry to the event is first come, first serve, organizers said.

TMI: Touched, Moved and Inspired

Where: Bread & Yoga, 5000 Broadway, Suite A, Inwood
When: Saturday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The inaugural “TMI: Touched, Moved and Inspired,” event will celebrate individuals’ – from far and wide – coming out stories. Organizers wants to provide a space for people to feel comfortable being who they are meant to be. Suggested donation is $10. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local community non-profit organization.

Trans Theatre Festival Closing Party

Where: The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
When: 8 p.m.

Celebrate the closing of the month-long Trans Theatre Festival at The Brick with this free party at the Williamsburg theater space, including two live music performances.

Everybooty at BAM

Where: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl., Fort Greene
When: 9 p.m.

It’ll cost you to get into this multi-level art party extravaganza: the $20 advance tickets have already sold out, so you’ll have to spend $75 for BAM’s pre-party “rooftop social” or wait by the door for a $25 day-of ticket, as space allows. But it might be worth it; the event will include, multiple DJ sets, live performances, installations, readings, booze and “general ruckus,” organizers said.

Bad Habit Pride

Where: Lot 45, 411 Troutman St., Bushwick
When: 10 p.m.

Let loose at the “official NYC Dyke March after-party” hosted by Hot Rabbit with vogue, hip-hop and dance performances, multiple DJ sets and drink specials. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the doors.

Papi Juice Anniversary Party

Where: Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway, Williamsburg
When: 10 p.m.

Have a blast at the third anniversary party of “Papi Juice,” a dance party celebrating “queer and trans people of color and the folk who love them,” organizers say. Tickets are $12 at the door.

The Bunker Pride at Output

Where: Output, 74 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
When: 10 p.m.

Come for the music at this all-night event hosted by longtime expert party-throwers from The Bunker, a twice-monthly dance party. Seven DJs are lined up to play in the club’s two dance halls. Advance tickets cost $22.50 online.


Where: The Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., Midtown
When: Saturday, 10 p.m.

An "old school" New York-themed dance party that will "transform the Hammerstein into the streets of New York with back streets, subways, fire escapes and alleys." Tickets start at $90.


Where: Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and 13th Street
When: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An annual LGBT street fair that brings together vendors, entertainers and other activities. The event is free, or you can pay a $35 VIP price that will get you free grub from the Meatball Shop and other treats.

NYC Pride March

Where: Starts at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue; find a map of the route here.
When: Sunday, 12 p.m.

The annual parade is in its 47th year and is the main event of Pride Week. Revelers will march down Fifth Avenue from 36th Street to 8th Street before heading west to end at Greenwich and Christopher streets. This year's Grand Marshals are 15-year-old trans activist Jazz Jennings, Syrian LGBT advocate Subhi Nahas and Cecilia Chung, a longtime equality and HIV/AIDS awareness activist.

Dance on the Pier 30th Anniversary Party

Where: Pier 26, West Village
When: Sunday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

An annual post-parade party that's drawn big-name stars in the past, and ends with a fireworks display over the Hudson River. Tickets are $25 and up.

Femme Fatale

Where: Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46th St., Midtown
When: Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A parade after-party specifically geared for women, featuring DJs and a rooftop venue. Tickets start at $25.

Pride at Littlefield

Where: Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., Gowanus
When: Doors at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

Come out to hear some great comedians — including "Broad City"'s Ilana Glazer — for this benefit comedy show. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit “Everytown for Gun Safety” and “Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity,” the club said and Littlefield will match all funds raised from the event.