New York City has been honoring its gay citizens since the first Pride march in 1970, commemorating the previous year’s famous Stonewall riots. Nearly five decades later, there are endless ways to celebrate Pride Week.
Pick up a “Fight Stigma” limited-edition tee ($25; Levi’s), with 100 percent of proceeds going to LGBT charities, or indulge in bite-size “Love Is Love” rainbow cupcakes from Baked by Melissa ($32 for pack of 25; Baked by Melissa), which support New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (aka The Center).
Need a crash pad? Check into one of the city’s four W hotels, where drag queens will serve a rainbow of complimentary cocktails in the elevators (times vary; W Hotels). Download the new LGBT social-media app B•OUT (B•OUT.lgbt) or snap a selfie with Thomas Shim’s witty guerrilla MTA posters, which add rainbow flair to standard service announcements (“Travel alternative: Sashay away”; #PrideTrain).
Of course a few must-attend events stand out as tent poles of Pride Week, in fittingly diverse ways. Read on for our top seven Pride picks.
Sunday at noon, Fifth Avenue & 36th Street
Invite list: Absolutely everyone is welcome.
In a nutshell: The anchor of NYC Pride is this mack daddy of parades — the forerunner to countless marches ’round the world. Since its launch, it has morphed into an enormous mashup of celebration and civil rights, with 80 or so jubilant floats from groups including the famous Sirens (better known as “The Dykes on Bikes”) as well as mainstream corporate sponsors like T-Mobile, TD Bank and Delta, not to mention marching politicians such as Andrew Cuomo and Hillary Clinton.
Don’t miss: Organizers pick grand marshals who have worked tirelessly for LGBT rights. Past honorees include Cyndi Lauper, Ian McKellen and Jonathan Groff. One of the…