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2018 NYC Gay Pride March

When : Sunday, June 24, 2018 beginning at noon.

Where : 36th Street & Fifth Avenue to Christopher and Greenwich Streets.

Directions : IRT Lexington Avenue subway line to 33rd Street or IRT West Side line to Christopher St. / Sheridan Square.

Local TV: ABC Channel 7 from Noon-3PM

2018 NYC Pridefest

When : Sunday, June 24, 2018 11AM - 6PM

Where : Hudson Street between Abingdon Square & West 14th Street.

Directions : IND Eighth Avenue subway line to 14th Street.

Originating in New York City. the gay pride parade has sparked marches for gay pride worldwide ever since the first march in Greenwich Village in the early 1970's.

Today, the NYC Gay Pride March, commonly known as the Pride Parade, is held on the last Sunday in June with a week's worth of events that culminates with the big march down Fifth Avenue and the Pridefest street fair wrapping up Gay Pride Week.

NYC Gay Pride Week 2018

Every year, celebrations kick off in New York a week before the parade at various venues around town.

Gay Pride Week culminates in the headline grabbing BIG EVENT on Sunday with a parade down Fifth Avenue beginning at noon on Sunday, June 24,, 2018 — marching from 36th Street and heading south to Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.

Can't be there? WABC-TV will broadcast the Gay Pride March down Fifth Avenue from Noon -3 p.m. on Channel 7 and also stream the event on its website,

On Sunday, the party continues as parade watchers are invited to 2018 Pridefest, the annual LGBT street fair on Hudson Street. Last year, singer LeAnn Rimes headlined the festivities. Watch for this year's announcement of what A-list celebrity will happen by to wow the huge crowds on Hudson Street in 2018.

Remembering Stonewall

2018 marks the 49th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, and a reminder that the gay pride march was not always such a festive event.

The poriginal purpose of the pride march was to commemorate the riots at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay and lesbian bar of the time that became the epicenter for violent protests against the unlawful treatment that gays suffered at the hands of the New York City police department.

The Stonewall riots are now considered a major turning point in the Gay Rights movement, and the parade still goes past the site every year to pay tribute to its significance. There is also a moment of silence, which was adopted in 1986 by organizers as a response to the AIDS crisis.

It's Time to Party

Otherwise, the NYC gay pride march is an upbeat and festive event that draws huge crowds from around the Metro New York area numbering more than one million participants and spectators.

Vibrant costumes and dress have, in many ways, come to embody the spirit of the gay pride parade over the years.

While event organizers remind participants that New York State has a law against nudity below the belt, parade participants are encouraged to express themselves in whatever way they see fit, which typically amounts to a spectacular display of creative and original costumes, displays, and floats.

Have fun!

More about the Gay Pride Week around the Web:

NYC Pride - The official site with details on the whole of Gay Pride Week festivities including times & locations, participant guide, volunteer opportunities, FAQ, photos & contact info.

also see -> Gays & Lesbians | Gay Friendly Travel

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